News about meeting the growing and changing public transit needs of the Lehigh Valley
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
LANTA Announces Public Meetings to review study findings
Come One…Come All
Moving LANTA Forward…Public Meeting Schedule
“Moving LANTA Forward” is the prime topic of discussion; reviewing LANTA’s transportation development plan along with the Land Use Planning Tool element is the purpose.
The process began with a series of intensive public meetings and surveys last year and has developed into a proposal for expanded transit services over three long-term phases. The phases are focused on simplifying the LANTA system, expanding LANTA service, and eventually implementing alternatives to basic, fixed-route service. At the meetings, presentations will be made reviewing the proposed plans which allow our community to grow and expand.
Each day the meetings be at 3:00 p.m. and then again at 7:00 p.m. We hope you will find the time to attend one of the six upcoming meetings conveniently located at:
• Monday, June 22, Lehigh County Government Center, 7th Street, Allentown
• Tuesday, June 23, Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda
• Wednesday, June 24, United Church of Christ, 27 N. 3rd St., Easton
Public Transportation is an important part of everyone’s life, whether or not you are current a rider. Keep in mind input and discussion coming from these meetings will aid LANTA’s overall plans for the future of the Valley.
LANTA Route and Schedule information – 610-776-RIDE
Act 44, the funding legislation that was passed in Harrisburg in 2007, promised to provide enhanced funding for highway and transit projects.In response, the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA), in 2008, embarked on a process to help determine where to invest these additional funds.
The last comprehensive examination of public transportation in the Valley occurred in 1985.At that time, the “Metro” system of service was introduced which responded to the impact of the loss of major employment centers in the urbanized area and the shift to destinations in the more rural portions of the Valley.Since then, LANTA has made many modifications to the basic system of service based on an ongoing review process, and, over time, experienced significant gains in ridership.Since 1997, LANTA ridership of the public transportation system has grown more than 70%.
The long range planning process which began in March, 2008 was completed in early 2010, involved an extensive review of the existing transit system, a comparison of the Valley's transit with a group of peers, a comprehensive outreach program to gain public input, and a determination on how best to meet the community’s changing needs for service. A set of recommendations designed achieve the most effective and productive transit system possible was delivered to the LANTA Board and adopted in early 2010. Act 44 has not fulfilled its promise in terms of funds becoming available for expansion. But the State is addressing this in the short term and there is talk of increased funding on the federal level in the near future. With the Moving LANTA Forward plan, the Authority stands ready to move forward at the earliest opportunity.