Weather interferes with transit – and meeting about it

County officials seeking public input at rescheduled session on March 5

Image 1The recent weather has wreaked havoc with transportation in numerous ways. A meeting organized by the Chester County Planning Commission (CCPC) in partnership with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to get input on a county-wide Public Transportation Plan had to be rescheduled a couple of weeks ago.

Originally planned for Feb. 5, the new date is March 5, a county news release said. County residents, transit users, project stakeholders, and the public are encouraged to attend from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chester County Library in Exton (450 Exton Square Parkway, adjacent to the Exton Mall). The meeting will utilize an open-house format with a formal presentation starting at 7 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to offer input toward desired improvements of public transit services in Chester County.  Participants will be informed regarding the overall plan progress, analysis findings, and potential performance measures, as well as the results of the 2013 public workshop held in April 2013 at the Chester County Historical Society.

DVRPC’s Office of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning staff facilitated the first phase of the project, which entailed data collection, issue identification, and preliminary corridor prioritization.  This work began late in 2012 and continued through the summer of 2013.  The second phase of this plan – led by CCPC staff – is to develop goals and policies, define future transit corridors, and guide capital improvements throughout Chester County, the release said.

The Public Transportation Plan is targeted for completion in the summer of 2014.  The county will then begin the process of adopting the plan as an element to Landscapes2, Chester County’s Comprehensive Plan.  The adoption process is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2014.


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