Planning for All is the LVTS' Title VI Program document, which encompasses documents and policies that demonstrate the LVTS’ compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as well as its commitment to equity and access in the region. Planning for All also includes the Public Participation Plan (PPP) and the Limited English Proficiency Plan (LEP Plan). The PPP is a blueprint for how the LVTS will engage with the public to maintain and grow its equitable planning processes, and the LEP Plan focuses on a four-factor analysis that determines the prevalence of non-English languages in the region, and how speakers of those languages can and have interacted with the LVTS’ programs and plans. Both plans are available below.
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) in 2019 released FutureLV: The Regional Plan. It’s the region’s fifth comprehensive plan for the region and in 2023, the Long-Range Transportation Plan portion of FutureLV was updated after an additional public engagement campaign that included a second regionwide survey, and meetings with all 62 municipalities, community organizations, government agencies and residents. FutureLV, with the updated Long-Range Transportation Plan, is provided below. That document was open for public comment September 6 through October 6. Based on those comments, changes were made and a second comment period was open from October 25th through November 8th. The final document was adopted by the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study on November 15th.
FutureLV is among the first comprehensive plans in the nation that merges the land use, economic, environmental, housing, preservation and farming policies with the transportation planning and investment policies of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS). FutureLV covers both Lehigh and Northampton counties, creating a forward-thinking strategy that leads the region into the future, while addressing the needs of today.
The federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, Lehigh Valley Transportation Study, in coordination with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and US Department of Transportation, have approved the revision of FutureLV: The Regional Plan, including the estimated $2.7 billion, fiscally constrained investment plan. This took place between January and September 2023. This is to ensure that the transportation system in the Lehigh Valley is maintained, safe, accessible, prepared and resilient in the interest of public health, safety and general welfare of the Lehigh Valley and supporting:
1. Efficient and coordinated development pattern
2. Connected and mixed-transportation region
3. Protected and vibrant environment
4. Competitive, creative and sustainable region
5. Safe, healthy, inclusive and livable communities
The staff of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission manages the Metropolitan Planning Organization functions for the region. This team, reporting to the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) monthly, is working on the transportation planning for this project. The LVTS Technical Committee serves as the planning board for the LVTS and is lead for the preparation of the Long-Range Transportation Plan revisions. The public is invited to participate in the update through the LVTS Technical Committee monthly meetings as well as through a series of community engagement meetings beginning in late February.
In June, the LVTS began the selection process for the submitted projects. All of the meetings were open to the public and took place in-person at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission office at 961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109.
Every four years the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study is required by federal statute to review long-range transportation policy and investments.
In 2023, the transportation planning embedded in FutureLV: The Regional Plan will be assessed and revised to meet this requirement. This process will evaluate priorities of the current 25-year transportation plan with an enhanced focus on advancing equitable communities, transportation safety and infrastructure resiliency measures included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, enacted by Congress and signed into law on November 15, 2021. The intent of the transportation update of FutureLV: The Regional Plan is to evolve and advance a forward-thinking strategy that leads the Lehigh Valley into the future while addressing the needs of today.
The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a locally-developed plan that addresses transportation modes: highways, bridges, air, public transportation and bicycle and pedestrian. The plan identifies projects and line items for projects that are necessary for improving and enhancing the travel network. Projects within the plan are prioritized according to which element of the plan they appear within: short range (years 1-4), mid-range (years 5-12), or long range (years 13+). Long range plans are federally mandated to be intermodal in scope, cover at least a 20-year period and be financially constrained (the value of all projects in the plan may not exceed the amount of funds that can reasonably be expected to be available over the life of the plan). The plan places a strong emphasis on rebuilding and maintaining existing transportation infrastructure.
Purpose of the Long-Range Plan
The purpose of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is to guide decisions made in the investment of federal and state transportation funds to highway, bridge, air, transit and transportation alternative projects most in need. The plan also serves as a conduit for projects to enter the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the Lehigh Valley’s $484 million four-year plan to maintain and enhance the transportation system in Lehigh and Northampton counties. It is updated every two years and this update is just one part of an overall plan to create a seamless network where roads, trails, sidewalks, technology and transit connect everyone to every place. The TIP is critical to the economic and social future of the region, targeting infrastructure investments that support a vibrant, inclusive, resilient and growing Lehigh Valley.
The Congestion Management Process plan includes background information, needs and issues, policies and recommendations. This plan analyzes current commodity flows, forecasts anticipated growth in goods movement, and identifies potential future investment targets, including an inland port and new highway interchanges. Subsequently, LVPC has established a freight advisory committee, which will consider improvements to facilitate safe and efficient goods movement and implementing regional congestion intermodal management programs.
A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a federally designated organization that provides local officials and residents input into the planning and implementation of projects funded with federal transportation dollars for metropolitan areas with population of greater than 50,000. This guide has been created to further educate the public and our municipal partners of the role that the MPO plays in the region.
The goal of this plan is Zero Deaths resulting from vehicle crashes. The new update to the traffic safety plan highlights trends, goals, high crash study areas, and high crash intersections in the Lehigh Valley. It is created to be used as a resource for municipalities and a plan here at LVPC. The plan highlights significant crash types in the Lehigh Valley and compares them to goals set in Pennsylvania's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). It also identifies high priority study areas and intersections from an in-house analysis that will be used as candidates for future projects here at the LVPC. This was created with the use of PennDOT's 2014 crash databases.
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The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, in an effort to promote cooperative planning, provides technical assistance to communities experiencing challenges. The LVPC was invited by the Borough of Bath to conduct a parking analysis to determine whether there are sufficient parking accommodations in the commercial district. The LVPC proceeded with a two-phase approach.
The locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services plan identifies the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults and people with low incomes. The plan provides strategies for meeting those local needs and prioritizes transportation services for funding and implementation. A coordinated plan must also incorporate activities offered under other programs sponsored by federal, state and local agencies to greatly strengthen its impact.
Public involvement is a vital component of the transportation planning process. Providing full disclosure of plans and programs not only during the development phase but also after the adoption of these plans and programs allows the general public the opportunity to be involved, comment on, and influence the development process. Every person, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, or socio-economic status should have the opportunity to take part in and influence the transportation planning process. This Public Participation Plan provides for and documents the methods utilized by the LVTS to achieve this outcome.
The Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) developed a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan covering Lehigh and Northampton counties. The plan identifi es Limited English Proficient populations by geographic location and by language spoken. A person is considered Limited English Proficient if they do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English. Federal legislation on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 13166 “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency” and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Policy Guidance Concerning Recipients’ Responsibilities to Limited English Proficiency Persons are addressed.
Transit Oriented Development, commonly referred to as TOD, has become a much discussed development concept in recent years. Nationwide attention has been focused on TODs as a development concept that can be used to achieve multiple smart growth and sustainable development objectives. TODs have been promoted and built in numerous large metropolitan areas across the country.
The purpose of this report is to introduce the TOD concept to the Lehigh Valley and assess its potential local applicability using rigorous data based analysis. The report assesses the conditions, criteria, and design elements necessary to build TODs that establish an actual connection between transit and development, rather than developments that merely use the term for marketing purposes. The goals and policies contained in the Comprehensive Plan The Lehigh Valley... 2030 agree with many of the smart growth outcomes that TODs seek to produce. The report contains a critical assessment of potential Lehigh Valley sites with regard to how each site meets the identified criteria.
March 2014: The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) annually conducts approximately 100 traffic counts throughout Lehigh and Northampton counties under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Statewide, 8,000 traffic counts are performed annually. The counts are useful in monitoring traffic flows, determining traffic background growth rates, calibrating the regional travel demand forecasting model, projecting future traffic volumes, determining road design, allocating Federal funds, determining priorities for improvement projects, assessing air quality impacts, and maintaining congestion management systems. In addition, commercial realtors and developers utilize the data for marketing properties. READ HERE
The Central NJ/Raritan Valley Transit Study (CNJ/RV) - Pennsylvania Component is an extension of the NJ TRANSIT CNJ/RV Transit Study, which assessed commuter bus and commuter rail transit improvement alternatives along Interstate 78 (I-78) in New Jersey. The purpose of the Pennsylvania Component Study was to build upon the New Jersey portion of the study (New Jersey Component Study) by identifying and assessing options to improve rail and bus services along the Route 22 and I-78 corridors in the Lehigh Valley and the northern New Jersey/New York Urban Core (Jersey City, Newark, Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan). The rail and bus options were developed to provide local decision makers information to decide whether they warrant more detailed study and development. READ REPORT HERE
Land Use – Transportation Policy Review is a paper that evaluates the coordination between the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s land use and transportation planning. The coordination is examined both as it relates to policy and implementation efforts. Impediments to coordination are identified. The paper includes conclusions and with recommendations about how coordination can be improved. READ THE REVIEW HERE
22/Tomorrow is the successor to 22/Renew, which was Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) successful reconstruction of sections of U.S. Route 22, completed in November 1999. 22/Tomorrow will plan and design traffic solutions for the year 2020. Funds have been budgeted to determine needs, study alternatives, evaluate environmental implications, and do preliminary design for measures that will provide congestion relief and improve safety in the future. The U.S. Route 22 Needs Report is complete. This follow-up report documents the study scenarios and identifies potentially impacted environmental resources.
READ THE PLAN HERE
Access Management on Arterial Roads explores how we can create a better transportation network through planning, coordination and design. Access management is a means of preserving capacity and improving safety on those roads that carry through traffic by regulating access points and driveways. The report illustrates that numerous best management practices are available to implement access management. They deal with access from alternate roads, lotting and site development, driveway location and design, and arterial road design. These practices can be implemented through zoning ordinance and subdivision and land development ordinance provisions. They can also implement the recommendations of plans like corridor studies and neighborhood circulation/access plans. Actions for improving access management are spelled out in a series of recommendations in the report.
READ THE REPORT HERE
The Environmental Justice Report — 2008 identifies the distribution of highway, bridge, transit, and transportation enhancement projects relative to low-income and minority populations. It documents the various plans and programs of the Metropolitan Planning Organization are consistent with various executive orders, statutes, and federal requirements and that they contain a fair and equitable mix of transportation projects.
READ THE REPORT HERE
As the growth of e-commerce and one-day delivery makes the Lehigh Valley one of the fastest-growing freight corridors in the nation, companies are increasingly looking for ways to move goods through the region more efficiently. High cube and automated warehouses are the latest trend that carries the potential to bring positive and negative impacts to the region. This shift in how warehouses operate will push the limits of local codes and regulations and require careful consideration by municipal governments. However, there are several steps municipalities can take to better manage the location, size and look of this emerging development trend.
TITLE VI PUBLIC NOTICE
The LEHIGH VALLEY TRANSPORTATION STUDY (LVTS) (MPO) are committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, applicable to the programs and activities they administer. Accordingly, the MPO is dedicated to ensuring that program beneficiaries receive public participation opportunities without regard to race, color, or national origin. LVPC’s website, www.lvpc.org, may be translated into multiple languages. Publications and other public documents can be made available in non-English languages and alternative formats, if requested. The MPO will provide translation or interpretation services for individuals with language impediments provided the request for assistance is made four days prior to the meeting. The MPO will attempt to satisfy other requests, as it is able. Please make your request for auxiliary services to Hannah Milagio, Regional Planner for Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org 610-264-4544. If you believe you have been denied participation opportunities, or otherwise discriminated against in relation to the programs or activities administered by the MPO, you may file a complaint using the procedures provided in our complaint process document at www.lvpc.org or by contacting email@example.com or 610-264-4544.
AVISO PÚBLICO DEL TÍTULO VI
EL ESTUDIO DE TRANSPORTE DE VALLE DE LEHIGH (Organización Metropolitana de Planificación [MPO, Metropolitan Planning Organization]) están comprometido con el cumplimiento de los requisitos de no discriminación del Título VI de la ley de derechos civiles, correspondientes a los programas y las actividades que administra. Por ende, la MPO se dedica a garantizar que los beneficiarios de un programa reciban oportunidades de participación pública sin tener en cuenta su raza, color, país de origen, sexo, edad, discapacidad o situación económica. El sitio de web de la Comisión de Planificación del Valley de Lehigh, www.lvpc.org, se puede traducirse en otras idiomas. Documentos públicos se pueden traducir en idiomas no-ingleses y formatos alternativos, si se solicita. La MPO brindará servicios de traducción y interpretación para personas con impedimentos lingüísticos siempre y cuando la solicitud de asistencia se haga cuatro días antes de la reunión. La MPO intentará responder a otras solicitudes, según sus posibilidades. Solicite servicios auxiliares llamando a Hannah Milagio, Planificadora regional de participación de comunidad, firstname.lastname@example.org o al 610-264-4544. Si cree que le negaron oportunidades de participación o que lo discriminaron de otra manera en relación con los programas o las actividades que administra la MPO, puede presentar una queja siguiendo los procedimientos que figuran en nuestro documento de proceso de queja a www.lvpc.org o comunicándose con email@example.com or 610-264-4544.
NONDISCRIMINATION PUBLIC NOTICE
The LEHIGH VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION (LVPC) and the LEHIGH VALLEY TRANSPORTATION STUDY (LVTS) (MPO) is committed to compliance with nondiscrimination requirements of civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies applicable to the programs and activities it administers. Accordingly, the MPO is dedicated to ensuring that program beneficiaries receive public participation opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religious creed, sex, age, disability or economic status. LVPC’s website, www.lvpc.org, may be translated into multiple languages. Publications and other public documents can be made available in non-English languages and alternative formats, if requested. Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities and the location is reachable by public transit. The MPO will provide auxiliary services for individuals with language, speech, sight or hearing impediments provided the request for assistance is made four days prior to the meeting. The MPO will attempt to satisfy other requests, as it is able. Please make your request for auxiliary services to Hannah Milagio, Regional Planner for Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org 610-264-4544. If you believe you have been denied participation opportunities, or otherwise discriminated against in relation to the programs or activities administered by the MPO, you may file a complaint using the procedures provided in our complaint process document at www.lvpc.org or by contacting email@example.com or 610-264-4544.
AVISO PUBLICO DE NO DISCRIMINACIÓN
El COMISIÓN DE PLANIFICACIÓN DEL VALLE DE LEHIGH y EL ESTUDIO DE TRANSPORTE DE VALLE DE LEHIGH (Organización Metropolitana de Planificación [MPO, Metropolitan Planning Organization]) está comprometido con el cumplimiento de los requisitos de no discriminación de las leyes de derechos civiles, los decretos ejecutivos, los reglamentos y las políticas correspondientes a los programas y las actividades que administra. Por ende, la MPO se dedica a garantizar que los beneficiarios de un programa reciban oportunidades de participación pública sin tener en cuenta su raza, color, país de origen, sexo, edad, discapacidad o situación económica. El sitio de web de la Comisión de Planificación del Valley de Lehigh, www.lvpc.org, se puede traducirse en otras idiomas. Documentos públicos se pueden traducir en idiomas no-ingleses y formatos alternativos, si se solicita. Las instalaciones para reuniones son accesibles para las personas con discapacidades y se puede llegar a su ubicación usando el transporte público. La MPO brindará servicios auxiliares para personas con impedimentos lingüísticos o problemas de habla, vista o audición, siempre y cuando la solicitud de asistencia se haga cuatro días antes de la reunión. La MPO intentará responder a otras solicitudes, según sus posibilidades. Solicite servicios auxiliares llamando a Hannah Milagio, Planificadora regional de participación de comunidad, firstname.lastname@example.org o al 610-264-4544. Si cree que le negaron oportunidades de participación o que lo discriminaron de otra manera en relación con los programas o las actividades que administra la MPO, puede presentar una queja siguiendo los procedimientos que figuran en nuestro documento de proceso de queja o comunicándose con email@example.com or 610-264-4544.