A bold and ambitious plan for public transportation that will redefine the commuter preferences, facilities, and experiences for Chester County residents and workers over the next 25 years. This plan was designed to achieve the objectives of the transportation goal of the county's 2014 Strategic Plan — "Enhance access to and use of transportation systems to reduce traffic congestion."
The plan's vision statement is derived directly from Landscapes2:
"Provide an affordable, reliable, and accessible public transportation network to offer mobility, encourage favorable land use patterns, sustain the environment, and alleviate congestion within designated growth areas."
Elements of the Plan
In order to structure the critical issues into a strategic planning framework, they were categorized into one of the following three main subject areas:
- System: Includes everything that is operating or 'rolling' such as bus routes, commuter rail services, etc.
- Environment: Includes all of the points of access to the system, including rail stations, transportation centers, bus stops, etc.
- Experience: Includes everyone that utilizes the public transportation system.
Key Recommendations of the Public Transportation Plan
- Vision plans: Represent how the public transportation system is envisioned to evolve over the next 25 years.
- Bus stop shelters: The environment section recommends that bus stops with 5 or more daily boarding have both transit shelters and connecting sidewalks.
- Pedestrian facilities: Pedestrian facilities should be an integral part of the transportation system in the urban, suburban, suburban center and rural center livable landscapes as defined by Landscapes2.
- Implementation plan: Provides guidance towards the accomplishment of the Plan's system, environment, and experience goals.