We’re close to wrapping up the mobility planning process for the Alle-Kiski Planning District, but we still need additional input to hear your point of view loud and clear! Getting your views on Transit planning (specifically bus routes) for the Alle-Kiski area at our last virtual transit meeting on Monday, July 20th @ 6 PM is essential.
en Route to Improved Service and Increased Ridership in the Alle-Kiski area
How do we connect people to the places that matter the most to folks in the Alle Kiski Planning District? How do we do it in an efficient and accessible way? It's a shared responsibility among local governments, county government, and transit operators and there are many considerations that go into planning a transit route like ridership, coverage, frequency, density, walkability, linearity, and proximity. Demographics are also a driving piece of mobility planning. If our goal is to connect people with places, we have to know where all people are and where they work. At the upcoming brief and interactive virtual transit meeting these questions will be considered.
At the virtual transit meeting, we will look at population and job density and where car-free, disabled, or minority populations are throughout the Alle-Kiski. We will also look at current service routes to discuss where gaps exist. The map below kicks off the discussion. What do you think?
As residents and leaders of the Alle-Kiski, you are the experts of your communities and now is the time to communicate the needs of your residents. Consistent with our theme of working together, Westmoreland County cannot do it alone! The County planners need to know your consensus and feedback on this proposed route. With your input, we can begin taking the next steps to work together, partnering with the Westmoreland Transit Authority and other transit operators, to improve service and increase ridership in the Alle-Kiski. Municipal officials, get online and share your views - influence the process now! Contact Susan to get your meeting link.
Way back in February when we first started the mobility planning phase of the Planning District process, we discussed the principles and objectives guiding this phase like how planning is essential at the smallest and largest scales and that transportation and land use are inextricably linked. At that meeting, we also had a chance to hear from representatives from PennDOT and SPC about the kinds of transportation planning, programming, and support they offer municipalities. Afterwards, we surveyed at least one representative from each municipality to get a complete picture of priority mobility strategies for the Alle-Kiski region. Those strategies are as follows:
Top 3 Mobility Strategy Priorities
4. 7.3 Increase Walkability & Biking Options
5. 7.1 Enhance Transit, Increase Ridership, & Promote TOD
and 7.7 Focus on Freight (TIE)
At our last in-person meeting at Arnold City's Roosevelt Park in June, we used these strategies along with map data to identify potential projects in the categories of Road, Bridge, Active, Operations/Safety, and Transit. Thanks Arnold for hosting us! And thank you ALL for continuing to represent your municipality in this important process!
Keep your eyes peeled for an email from Susan with a survey link to prioritize those identified mobility related projects. We are asking that just one representative from each municipality complete the survey. Your input will directly impact the kinds of projects we will work on implementing in the coming months!