Background Materials — Forces Shaping our Future
How we Connect

80% of commuters drive to work alone. However, working from home, using public transportation, and walking to work have all increased in popularity since 2000.

The impact of changing transportation technology, such as driverless cars or ride hailing services, is unclear but will impact traffic congestion, public transportation use, and parking needs over the long-term.

In 2015, Pennsylvania's gross natural gas production was second only to Texas in volume. Increased production, primarily due to Marcellus shale gas extraction, has expanded the demand for transmission pipeline capacity.

Over 1/2 of workplace commuters stay within the county. The remaining commuters who leave the county are slightly outnumbered by those commuting into the county for jobs.

Roadway use anticipated to increase. By 2045, annual vehicle miles driven in the county may increase by 11%, or over 1.3 million miles.

Between 2000 and 2010, land categorized as developed increased by about 22,000 acres, and was accompanied by 21,043 new acres served by public water and 26,215 new acres served by public sewer.

Struble Trail

Photo contest entry: Jeremy Davis, Struble Trail

Passenger Rail and Bus Ridership

Passenger rail ridership in the Keystone Corridor has doubled since 2000 and carries 1.4 million passengers annually. SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail line ranks first in ridership among its 13 regional rail routes with a daily average of about 6,000 passengers in Chester County. Bus ridership on the 11 SEPTA bus routes serving the county has a daily estimated average of about 3,000 in the county.

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