Speak Out On the Future of Local Transportation

trucks2If you care about the future of transportation in the Lehigh Valley, clear your calendars for Thursday afternoon.

That’s when the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission will host a public meeting on its draft transportation plan, allowing people to hear about the plan, ask questions and make comments.

The meeting is scheduled for noon on June 18 at the LVPC offices, 965 Marcon Blvd. in Allentown. It will focus on MOVELV, the region’s $3.9 billion transportation funding strategy.

Who should attend? Municipal officials and citizens concerned about regional growth and transportation issues.

If you can’t make it Thursday, the LVPC will hold a second meeting Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at its offices.

On a related note, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual transportation forum on June 30, 2015 at the Mack Trucks Customer Service Center, 2402 Lehigh Parkway South, Allentown.

The forum will include featured speaker Leslie Richards who is Pennsylvania’s first female transportation secretary. Becky Bradley, AICP, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Secretary of Lehigh Valley Transportation Study will follow with a presentation of the release of MOVELV: Lehigh Valley Long Range Transportation Plan 2015-2040.

After that, the forum will move to a panel discussion featuring representatives from The Traffic Club of Lehigh Valley, LANta, Lehigh Valley International Airport, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, and LVPC.

It’s $50 to attend the forum — $25 if you’re a chamber member — which kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and goes to 1:30 p.m.

The draft plan can also be found on the LVPC’s website at www.lvpc.org.

You can access a hard copy from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (at the above address), PennDOT District 5 Offices (1002 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA), LANta offices (1060 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA), Allentown Public Library (1210 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA), Bethlehem Area Public Library (11 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA), and the Easton Area Public Library (6th and Church Streets, Easton, PA).

Comments on the plan may be submitted electronically from the website, via phone at (610) 264-4544, or via fax at (610) 264-2616.

On July 9th, LVTS will adopt MoveLV. LVTS is committed to compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of applicable civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. With advance notification, accommodations may be provided for those with special needs related to language, sight or hearing. If you have a request for a special need, wish to file a complaint, or desire additional information, please contact 610-264-4544.

Smart transportation is important to us. It’s the idea that communities should embrace all forms of transit, what’s commonly referred to as “multi-modal”: motorists, bikes, pedestrians, public transportation, light rail and passanger rail. It means considering solutions beyond just widening and repaving roads. It considers the importance of the interconnectivity of transportation choices.

If this issue matters to you too, you may want to consider serving on our smart transportation committee. Let us know at smartgrowth@renewlv.org.

Thank you, and we hope you’ll take the chance to speak out.

Posted on June 17, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. the link in ‘The draft plan can also be found on the LVPC’s website at http://www.lvpc.org.’ takes you to a non-existent facebook page.

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