KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

A summary of the key recommendations identified throughout this plan.


Safety:

  • Based on the listing of top crash corridors and/or other key areas of safety concern as identified by the region’s municipalities and stakeholders, conduct a series of corridor studies that seek to identify a range of recommended safety improvements;
  • Program implementation projects matching each corridor study to minimize delay between the planning and construction phases for safety enhancements;
  • Annually update crash data and evaluate for conformance with the safety performance measure adopted as part of this plan. Also evaluate crash frequency in areas where improvements have been implemented as part of the RTP process.

Asset Management:

  • Continue coordination with PennDOT on selecting projects for future TIP updates to address eligible SD or FO bridges or poor IRI roadway miles;
  • Continue to assist municipalities in finding financial means to address local bridge projects;
  • When released, coordinate with the necessary agencies to work toward applicable performance targets for pavement and bridges.

Mobility & Accessibility:

  • Develop an inventory of sidewalk existence and condition and continue to define areas of greatest need for disabled and elderly populations;
  • Coordinate with the Mobility and Accessibility committee on a regular basis to continue the ongoing evaluation of the transportation needs of these populations;
  • Create and maintain a listing of transportation services in the HATS region.

Moving Goods via Roadways:

  • Address regional interstate capacity, existing freight bottlenecks, and spot improvements;
  • Continue to monitor system performance for freight and mobility per national freight performance measures;
  • Address the region’s needs for truck parking;
  • Address intersections with substandard turning radii;
  • Improve motor carrier safety by identifying truck crash clusters;
  • Minimize truck traffic on lower-order roadways.

Moving People via Roadways:

  • Consider access to transit -- and related bicycle and pedestrian accommodations -- a high priority in areas identified for growth in RGMP;
  • Work with CAT and other area transit providers on long term planning efforts to improve service access and efficiency within the HATS region and surrounding communities;
  • Identify and pursue additional park and ride facilities  throughout the HATS region;
  • Conduct system wide analysis during next update of Coordinated Public Transit -- Human Service Transportation Plan;
  • Continue supporting Commuter Services of PA and other community organizations providing transportation services to residents of HATS region through funding, coordination, or planning assistance.

Non-Motorized:

  • Work with municipalities and community members to continue refining the Regional Backbone and ensure any future project (transportation or land development) makes appropriate bicycle and pedestrian accommodations a high priority;
  • Work with transit providers and other relevant parties to improve the pedestrian and bicycling accommodations in the vicinity of transit stops and routes;
  • Work with PennDOT and municipalities to identify low cost and important opportunities to improve the bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity of the region;
  • Maintain communication with the Plain Sect community to refine the areas of concern, provide timely information on construction projects and potential detours, and provide coordination between PennDOT and the community to incorporate improvements such as shoulder widening, vertical curvature reduction, and/or signage in areas with the greatest safety issues.

Rail:

  • Improve at-grade rail crossing safety;
  • Improve overall rail freight safety;
  • Support Operation Lifesaver and its public awareness campaigns;
  • Coordinate with PennDOT and railroads to address the region’s many railroad bridges and underpasses that feature overhead height restrictions;
  • Investigate the needs for improving short line rail service.

Aviation:

  • Continue to support regional economic growth through SARAA’s efforts;
  • Be proactive in planning for the anticipated increase in traffic with new developments in and around HIA;
  • Educating nearby municipalities on transportation and land use controls to help monitor the anticipated increase in traffic with new developments in and around HIA.

Land Use:

  • Manage growth toward areas with existing or planned public facilities and services, consistent with the identified Community Service Areas and Planned Growth Areas;
  • Promote the creation of livable, sustainable communities through community design which accommodates a range of lifestyles, age groups, and working conditions and development patterns which promote active living and access to recreation, service, food, and a multi-modal transportation network;
  • Encourage provision of an adequate amount and mix of safe and sustainable utility facilities and services, consistent with projections through 2040;
  • Encourage the use of and planning for “green infrastructure” and other clean, efficient innovations;
  • Promote compact development, infill development, and redevelopment consistent with capacities and planned facilities and services.