Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Moving LANTA Forward: Real change, real soon!

Last year, the LANTA Board of Directors officially adopted the Moving LANTA Forward strategic plan to guide LANTA’s policy decisions over the next decade. Moving LANTA Forward included three main elements: a service plan for the fixed route system; a marketing plan; and a land use outreach toolkit.

The service plan element of Moving LANTA Forward called for a redesign of the current fixed route network to accomplish various goals including:

• Establish a tier system of corridors to guide service and capital enhancements;
• Improve user-friendliness of the system through streamlined routes and a new route classification system;
• Reduce complexity by reducing variations and eliminating the separate evening service structure;
• Create new direct connections for prominent travel patterns with new through-routing links;
• Address route segments with “tight” running times to improve reliability and reduce operator stress; and
• Use flexible service models to address sparsely developed areas.

On Monday, August 29, 2011, LANTA will implement the first phase of changes designed to address these improvement goals. LANTA has developed a proposed service plan which will be a significant redesign of the current system. The proposals for changes will be made available for public comment starting Tuesday April 5, 2011. Members of the public will be able to review the proposed changes and provide their input at four separate public input sessions as follows:

Allentown
Tuesday, April 5th 1 - 3 pm and 6-8 pm
Baum School of Art - 510 W. Linden St

Easton
Wednesday, April 6 1 - 3 pm
Eastonian Hotel - 140 Northampton St

Bethlehem
Wednesday, April 6 6 - 8 pm
Hyatt Hotel - 45 W. North St - opposite the Metro Mart

In addition, information will be available at www.lantabus.com and members of the public will be given the opportunity to submit questions or comments through various electronic venues.

5 comments:

CAR-FREE CAT said...

Do you have the proposed changes somewhere on line, so we can see them?

Moving LANTA Forward said...

The proposed changes will be online soon and linked here and at LANTA's website: www.lantabus.com
These changes are scheduled to go into effect in August so plenty of time is being allowed for public input.

Bob in Jersey said...

CAR-FREE CAT, I would hope that the proposal will be available just after the public presentations announced in the post.

Moving LANTA Forward said...

Considerable detail will be available at the public meetings being held in the cities April 5 and 6. Route maps, general schedule and service ranges will be on display and LANta staff available to discuss the elements and listen to public input.
This is more of a system simplification than a service increase but there will be enhancements to service and the simplification of the information for passengers alone is an upgrade. This along with technologies installed this Spring will make riding public transit in the Valley more attractive and easy.

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