The Franklin County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Franklin County Planning Department updated the county's Long-Range Transportation Plan in 2018.
Franklin County's long-range transportation plan is based on extensive public and stakeholder involvement and a detailed transportation system analysis.
Work began in July 2017 and a draft plan was completed in August 2018. The formal public comment period was September 24, 2018, through November 5, 2018. The final plan was adopted by the Franklin County MPO at its November 14, 2018, meeting.
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A long-range transportation plan (LRTP) articulates a region’s vision and the transportation goals and objectives that will help achieve that vision. It considers issues and opportunities over a 20-year planning horizon. An LRTP includes an action plan and a prioritized list of proposed projects aligned with the region’s goals. The plan guides investment in transportation improvements as funds become available. LRTPs are required in order to qualify for state and federal transportation funding.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) lead LRTP development, working closely with federal and state transportation agencies, county and muncipal leaders, as well as others with an interest and stake in a sound transportation system. For its 2018 LRTP update, Franklin County engaged a team led by the consulting firms WSP USA Inc. of Ephrata, PA, and Martin & Martin of Chambersburg to assist with the data-gathering, outreach, analysis, and documentation required to complete the plan.
Long-range transportation plans are normally updated every five years to ensure they remain relevant as conditions change. Certainly much has changed in Franklin County since the 2013 plan was completed. Also, the current federal transportation law, the FAST Act, mandated new requirements for MPO long-range transportation plans that Franklin County must address. At the state level, Pennsylvania’s Act 89 of 2013 significantly increased transportation funding and provided a new direction for transportation.
The planning team fostered communication with the public through this website and project e-mail address, an online survey (with paper option), and an online mapping tool that allowed users to pinpoint problem locations. In addition, the team conducted public and stakeholder outreach at the following meetings: