25-Year Transportation Vision for Lancaster County's Mobility

Background

The Chamber formed a task force made up of community and business leaders charged with developing a "vision" for Lancaster County's transportation network and build consensus around priority projects that have the most need and the greatest positive long-term impact.

The 25-Year Vision

The Chamber's mission is to "build Lancaster County into a model of prosperity for 21st Century America." It is our belief that transportation and infrastructure plays a critical role in the mission statement in order for the County to be a model of prosperity. Therefore, our 25-year transportation vision is:

"Moving and connecting people and goods efficiently and responsibly within the County, across the state and throughout the world."

Implementation Strategies

In order to achieve our 25-year vision, certain strategies must be championed that will preserve, modernize, and improve the transportation network. We believe implementing the strategies below will improve the overall mobility of people, goods and services, and improve the quality of life or residents. Delivering on our vision center on five core strategies:

  • Innovation. The Chamber encourages innovation through new technologies, new modes of transportation, technological advances, and research and development. Further, we encourage a comprehensive and regional approach to transportation planning in order to meet needs from a broader level. Being innovative will reduce costs and improve the efficiency of moving people, delivering products and supplies. Harnessing these advancements is a key part of remaining competitive in the global market.
  • Integration. Business and residents must have the freedom to make smart and economical transportation choices. The Chamber encourages the integration of a multi-modal network that includes highways, rail, transit, air and bike/pedestrian routes.
  • Inter-connection. The Chamber encourages inter-connecting multi-modal modes of transportation to regions of the county - both urban and rural - to population centers and to the global economy.
  • Improvement. Transportation planning must emphasize the need to maintain and improve the existing network with an eye on capacity-adding projects. The Chamber encourages continued investment and planning for construction projects concurrently with other innovative investments to relieve congestion, improve the mass transit system, and increase overall safety.
  • Investment. Transportation investment boosts productivity and quality of life for the entire community. It is important that adequate funding be allotted to maintain the existing transportation infrastructure and allow for future improvements to manage growth. A well-maintained and balanced system opens up opportunities for jobs, affordable choices in places to live, recreation and other services.

Policy Recommendations

The transportation funding model at both the state and federal level, which relies on a fuel tax, is simply inadequate to sustain our infrastructure. Therefore, The Chamber encourages common-sense policies that promote a sustainable and diverse funding source for all modes of transportation. The Chamber encourages a dialogue with stakeholders to discuss the feasibility of such policies as:

  • Exploring Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).
  • Streamlining the transportation planning process.
  • Investing in modes of transportation that uses alternative energy sources.
  • Investing in cutting-edge technology.
  • Investigating and promoting innovation, including cost-saving measures.
  • Identifying funding reforms.
  • Identifying new funding sources.
  • Eliminating/place a moratorium on state prevailing wage rates and federal "Davis-Bacon" wage rates.
  • Exploring the viability of Traffic Impact Fees.
  • Indexing funding reforms to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Capital Project Recommendations

        Near-Term

  • Route 30 east (896 to 41)
  • Harrisburg Pike (from Lancaster City to East Hempfield Township)
  • North/South Route (Lititz, Oregon, Manheim and Fruitville Pikes)
  • Centerville Road

        Long-Term

  • Continual system preservation and signal improvements
  • Route 23 improvements and possibly a Bypass
  • Regional and High Speed Rail

Goals

Short-Term: Advance capital project recommendations and policy recommendations listed above.

Long-Term: A focus on the transportation planning process, with a commitment to identify inefficiencies and recommend a refined and improved methodology for making transportation decisions.

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