Sprawl to crawl on Route 422 – Other Options Must be Considered
Route 422 is the “spine” of transportation in Southeastern Pennsylvania, serving a population of 296,000 residents living in “classic sprawl” development and it is experiencing a commuter crisis. Roughly half of the land in this corridor, from Valley Forge to Amity Township, Berks County, is still undeveloped and the population is expected to increase 12 percent by 2030. Like the Lehigh Valley this region lacks rail service, with SEPTA stopping at Norristown. Jerry Coyne, manager of transportation studies at DVRPC (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), has a wish-list for this corridor including: “high-density live/work complexes where jobs and homes could coexist in a walkable community served – as the region’s Main Line towns are – by regional rail lines and buses.”
Read the full article here. 1/18/2009.