What is the LRTP and who was involved?
Together, the Franklin County 2013-2032 LRTP and the county's comprehensive plan, Franklin County, PA—Forward, establish a regional vision for the future and the necessary action steps to get there.
The LRTP serves as the transportation element of the county comprehensive plan, and identifies existing and potential future transportation improvement needs. It includes an inventory of the different modes of travel and identifies issues, opportunities, and trends that may influence transportation in Franklin County over the next 20 years. The LRTP includes an action plan and performance measures to guide successful implementation.
The LRTP was developed under the direction of the Franklin County Metropolitan Planning Organization (the decision-making body for transportation planning and programming activities throughout the county), the LRTP advisory committee, and the Franklin County Planning Commission.
What are Franklin County's transportation goals?
Eight overarching goals were developed through the planning process to help focus and prioritize improvements in the county, consistent with current federal transportation legislation (MAP-21):
- Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system.
- Encourage an integrated transportation and land use planning process throughout Franklin County.
- Increase the safety and security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.
- Support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area.
- Increase the accessibility and mobility options available to people and for freight.
- Promote efficient system management and operation.
- Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system.
- Protect and enhance the environment.
How will the plan be implemented?
The Action Plan section of the LRTP identifies planning strategies and specific projects and initiatives for each mode that will help achieve the county's goals. Certain projects are expected to be undertaken in the near term (within the next six years), while other efforts will come to fruition in the mid-term (7 to 12 years) or long term (13 to 20 years from now).
Most projects will be implemented in partnership with other entities, such as municipal governments (for projects such as traffic signal upgrades), our state and federal funding partners (such as PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration), and the private sector (especially for freight and land use initiatives).
Developing and adopting this long-range transportation plan enables Franklin County to direct available funding to the transportation projects that will produce the most value for our residents and businesses, focusing our collective efforts on achieving our shared vision for Franklin County.