With 380,000 Commuters, Chester County Advances ‘Holistic Approach’ to People Movement

Image via the Friends of the Chester Valley Trail.

The Chester County Commissioners are driving new changes to the ways Chester County moves, and they’re headed away from driving cars and trucks.

The focus of the county’s planning for the future will ultimately be driven by the Landscapes3 comprehensive plan, and residents currently have a voice in shaping that plan through a public survey, according to a Daily Local News report by Danielle Lynch.

“We need to ensure that we’re providing transportation choices to our residents beyond roads and highways,” said Commissioner Terence Farrell.

That’s because Chester County is home to 380,000 commuters, and despite gains in recent years, still 80 percent of them commute by single-occupancy vehicle.

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“We have to focus our energies toward other modes of transportation,” said Phoenixville Borough Manager Jean Krack. “That’s a game-changer, and that takes a lot of willpower to do that.”

Right now, the leading investments are in trails and train stations.

“Chester County is advancing a holistic approach of the multimodal movement of people,” said Transportation Management Association of Chester County Executive Director Tim Phelps. “Whether it is biking along the Chester Valley Trail or taking a train on the Keystone Corridor or even sharing a ride on newly reconstructed highway, Chester County commuters have a variety of safe and convenient transportation options to get to work.”

Read more about Landscapes3 and the public survey – which also covers managed growth, open space and the environment, modern infrastructure, the economy, healthy lifestyles, and housing options – in the Daily Local News here.

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