October 17, 2018 News Release

PUBLIC INVITED TO WEIGH IN ON LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

HATS to Hold Month-long Public Comment Period On Regional Transportation Plan Update

HARRISBURG, PA – The Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS) will hold a one-month public comment period on its revised 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) from Fri., Oct. 19 to Mon., Nov. 19.

The RTP is available at www.hatsregionaltransportationplan.org. A printable PDF version will be available soon for download or by request using the site’s contact form.

A Transportation Need Form is also available on the site, giving the public the ability to report specific problems or concerns to HATS.

The RTP covers numerous local transportation topics, including infrastructure, transit, accessibility, safety, congestion, pedestrians, biking, rail, aviation, land use, environment, investment and more. Updated every four years, it documents the current status of projects and programs, identifies long-term needs, and sets a framework for the expenditure of federal transportation funds over a 20-year period.

“Now’s your chance to tell us what you think,” said Steve Deck, executive director of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), HATS’ lead staff agency. “If there’s a problem intersection, an unsafe street for pedestrians, an accessibility issue, an environmental concern -- please use the Transportation Need Form on the RTP website and let us know.”

HATS is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties and their 103 municipalities. It works with federal, state and local agencies and officials from throughout South-Central Pennsylvania, including the City of Harrisburg and Capital Area Transit, to meet the transportation needs of an area covering nearly 1,700 square miles.

In 2017, TCRPC began updating the RTP with an all-new, dynamic approach. HATS staff, with assistance from seven advisory groups comprised of various local stakeholders and experts, reviewed the region’s current transportation system and developed key recommendations to address its long-term needs.

HATS will continue to coordinate with these groups through the RTP’s anticipated adoption in December and through its implementation.

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