Lehigh Valley’s freight economy to double — Comment to LVPC by Aug. 2
Do you realize that the Lehigh Valley’s freight economy is expected to double by 2040? The Morning Call recently reported that the total tonnage of goods traveling through our region would increase from “40 billion tons in 2011 to more than 80 billion in 2040.”
If you care about what happens with truck traffic in the Lehigh Valley, you may want to make your voice heard by commenting on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s new report – MOVELV Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan.
The deadline to comment is Aug. 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. and you may submit comments four ways:
· Click here for online submission
· Mail: Lehigh Valley Transportation Study, 961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Phone: 610-264-4544
In the report the LVPC wraps up its findings with twelve recommendations on the topics of Safety, Mobility, System Preservation and Stewardship. After reading these, I still had many questions. For instance, will the LVPC’s recommendations address issues like pedestrian safety? Of particular concern to me is the impact of truck traffic on small towns that have their Main Street designated as a state road.
One of the report’s recommendations is to “develop and publicize alternative routes for heavily used freight corridors.” Would this steer trucks to our downtowns or away from them? Would it help to prevent tragedies like the one in downtown Emmaus where an 11-year-old girl was hit and killed by a car while crossing the main thoroughfare?
We encourage you do to so as well. After the comment period is over, LVPC will host a lunch/discussion to discuss the plan on Aug. 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the LVPC offices at 961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109. The LVPC website states that the discussion is expected to include “strategies for infrastructure investment as our freight economy is anticipated to double by 2040.”
Balancing safety and economic opportunity while preserving our clean air, our regional identity and our quality of life will likely prove challenging. If these issues matter to you too, you may want to consider serving on our smart transportation committee. Let us know at email@example.com.
By the way, what do you think of supporting a plan that strives for zero pedestrian and bike deaths? RenewLV’s Smart Transportation committee is discussing this idea that already has the support of the mayors of New York City and Philadelphia: Vision 0. According to a recent article at PlanPhilly.com, Vision 0 was “invented in Sweden in 1997 and the premise is that there’s no such thing as an accident, and life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society.” That’s a beautiful ideal to hold while we plan for increasing freight traffic to the region.