Posts Tagged ‘Transportation planning’

PennDOT Takes New Planning Approach

February 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said last week that it is adopting a new approach to transportation project planning and development that will require more collaboration with local and planning stakeholders before project plans are developed

penndot-4Known as PennDOT Connects, the approach will require discussion of such matters as safety; bicycle and pedestrian accommodations; transit access; stormwater management; utilities; local and regional plans and studies; and freight-generating land uses.

In a news release, PennDOT said that collaboration will occur for projects without previously defined project phases, those that haven’t started preliminary engineering or started preliminary engineering after July 1, 2016.

That equates to about 280 projects worth $2 billion, state officials said.

MDOT Sets Webinar on Transportation Plan

November 9, 2015

A webinar focusing on the long-range outlook for transportation in Michigan will be hosted on Nov. 12 by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

MDOT has drafted a long-range transportation plan titled “Moving Michigan Forward” that looks at the state’s transportation needs through 2035.

The upcoming webinar will focus on revisions that will expand the scope of the plan to include the period through 2035 to 2040.

During the webinar, MDOT officials will present a summary of the plan and proposed revisions. They will also present information about the comment solicitation process and conduct a question and answer session.

MDOT is revising the plan in order to maintain the 20-year planning horizon required by federal transportation planning regulations.

A pending Congressional reauthorization of the federal highway program could change these requirements.
The current 2035 transpiration plan and other supporting documents are available on MDOT’s website.

PennDOT Seeking Input on Transportation Plan

May 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking public opinion through Friday on a 12-year transportation program draft.

The draft was developed by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission in partnership with metropolitan and rural planning organizations.

The plan provides a guideline for multimodal transportation and is divided into three four-year periods.

Under the plan, Pennsylvania would invest more than $680 million in freight rail improvements and $2.6 billion in public transit infrastructure.

The more than 2,100 Pennsylvania residents who have participated in the survey thus far have called for bridge repair and replacement, as well as reducing fatalities through safety and infrastructure improvements.

Pennsylvania Updates State Transportation Plan

August 16, 2014


Pennsylvania is gearing up to spend $63.2 billion over the next 12 years on transportation projects. Toward that end, the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission recently updated the state’s transportation program.

The funding is being made available through the state’s Act 89 transportation plan. The projects will include improvements to railroads, roads, bridges, transit systems and airports.

An update to the state transportation two years ago envisioned spending $41.6 billion for transportation projects.
The latest transportation spending program is effective Oct. 1. Over the next four years, Pennsylvania expects to spend $12.3 billion for highway and bridge projects, $7.9 billion for public transit, $370 million for aviation, $228 million for freight railroads and $284 million for a newly-created intermodal fund.

Four rural planning organizations, 19 metropolitan planning organizations and one independent county worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to review the transportation plan update.

The update will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for review and approval. The Federal Highway Administration will coordinate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the plan’s conformity with air quality requirements.

The 14-member commission consists of 10 appointed citizens and the majority and minority chairpersons of the state House and Senate transportation committees. State law requires the commission to review and update the 12-year program every two years. No capital project can move forward unless it is included in the program.

To review the plan, go to