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Publications: Transportation Studies

Route 30, Unity Township Land Use and Transportation Initiative

Topic: The goal of this study was to provide Unity Township with the proper tools to effectively manage development and preserve the transportation capacity of the Route 30 corridor. The purpose was to develop tools with a strong chance of being easily implemented in the short term in Unity Township, while also offering a model for other areas in the Commonwealth.

Summary: This study, conducted for SPC in 2001 by URS Corporation and McCormick, Taylor and Associates, recommends the following strategies, fully described in the report:

  • Coordination with PennDOT
  • Concurrent review of Highway Occupancy Permits
  • Context-sensitive design applications with future PennDOT projects
  • Traffic signal improvements
  • Interconnection of signals
  • Coordination of future signals
  • Evaluation of traffic signal timing (cycle length) once every 5 years
  • Replacement of current traffic signals with LED signals
  • Access management ordinances
  • Overlay zone along Route 30
  • Driveway standards
  • Access between developments
  • Access inside developments      

When you click on the image to your right, the Route 30, Unity Township Land Use and Transportation Study will open in PDF. In order to view the report, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, it’s available as a free download from Adobe.

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Buffalo Township Land Use and Transportation Initiative

Topic:  This study analyzes current and projected land use and transportation conditions    in Buffalo Township, Butler County. It addresses the relationship between transportation and land use policies and proposes an action plan to facilitate development while preserving quality of life.

Summary: This study, conducted for SPC in 2002 by Graney, Grossman, Ray, Colosimo & Associates and Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., recommends the following strategies:

            Land Use

  • Amend the township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance in several specific ways related to cul-de-sacs, streets, pedestrian systems, and lots.
  • Create an overlay zoning district to regulate development along three major roads.
  • Consider creating a new Conservation Residential zoning district.
  • Consider creating a new Traditional Village overlay district for the targeted growth area at the Routes 228 and 356 intersection.
  • Begin a full comprehensive plan update, possibly in agreement with an adjacent municipality.
  • Examine the option for an impact fee ordinance.
  • Re-examine sign regulations.

Transportation

  • Work for intersection improvements at key locations, including turning lanes and signal improvements, as specified in the report.

Download the Buffalo Township Land Use and Transportation Initiative (38.5 MB)

The Buffalo Township Land Use and Transportation Initiative; Available by request only.  Call Prue Larson at (412) 391-5590 x305 or e-mail plarson@spcregion.org.

Buffalo Township Land Use and Transportation Initiative (38.5 MB)

 

Route 51 Land Use and Transportation Initiative

Topic: The study area covers the Route 51 corridor through Elizabeth and Forward Townships (in Allegheny County), Rostraver Township (in Westmoreland County), and Perry Township (in Fayette County).

Summary: Objectives of this study, conducted for SPC in 2005 by Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. and Graney, Grossman, Colosimo & Associates, were to:

  • Preserve operation of the Route 51 corridor
  • Maintain and enhance the character of these communities
  • Provide opportunities for growth within the communities

Study recommendations include the following strategies:

  • Access management
  • Impact fees
  • Intersection improvements
  • Traffic impact studies
  • Traffic signal optimization
  • Safety enhancements
  • Traffic signal interconnection
  • Smart growth techniques
  • Intergovernmental cooperation

When you click on the image to your right, the Route 51 Land Use and Transportation Initiative will open in PDF (15.7 MB). In order to view the report, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, it’s available as a free download from Adobe.

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Click to Download The Route 30, Unity Township Land Use and Transportation Initiative in PDF Format

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Route 30 Master Plan

Topic: The Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County (SGPWC) has initiated a process with local planners and community stakeholders to flesh out a vision and plan for a 40-mile stretch of the historic “Lincoln Highway” that connects the historic small cities and growing suburbs east of Pittsburgh to the scenic Laurel Highlands.

Summary: A coalition of business and municipal officials work collaboratively with each other and with PennDOT to ensure that the U.S. Route 30 of the future is characterized by:

  1. A consistent approach to land use regulation that enhances economic activities, balancing the historic character and rural beauty of the highway while respecting individual property rights;
  2. The use of the latest technology to intelligently move people and goods safely;
  3. An appropriate mix of commercial, industrial, residential, agriculture, open space and other vital land uses that underlie a great quality of life;
  4. A multi-modal approach, including transit, air, and rail freight to accommodate the movement of people and goods efficiently;
  5. A network of parallel road systems that provides choices for local residents and for the convenient flow of through traffic, including the tourist traveler; and
  6. Well-maintained surface, landscaping and traffic control systems that work together to enhance the motoring experience.

Click here to visit the Route 30 Master Plan website.

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SPC has been involved in several transporation planning studies which have recently concluded. Information about these studies be found on a series of web sites and/or PDF files. Click on the titles below for more information.

Washington County Transit Study

Summary: The Washington County Transit Study (WCTS) began in December 2006. It is evaluating current public transportation services in Washington County and considering how to coordinate a transportation system to efficiently meet transit needs.  It will conclude by October 2007.

Visit the site by clicking here or on the image.

Visit The Washington County Transit Study Website!

View the website for the Washington County Transit Study by clicking here or on the image above.

Future Investment in Transit-Oriented Design (FIT) West Busway Area Transit-Oriented Development Assessment and Plan
Mon Valley Places Transit Vision Transit Vision Toolbox

 

 

 

 

West Busway Area Transit-Oriented Development Assessment and Plan

Topic: Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)
partnered to create a transit-oriented development (TOD) vision and plan for station areas within the West Busway
corridor in western Allegheny County.

Summary: The overall goal of this plan is to help shift development activities into established communities as a result of enhanced understanding of development opportunities and site characteristics in the vicinity of transit-served stops and park-and-ride locations along the Busway and in the vicinity. The plan focused on development and redevelopment patterns that would serve to stimulate economic growth and promote the attraction, retention, and expansion of business, industry, commerce, and the arts. The plan also focused on sustainable patterns of development that would promote the construction of residential, educational, and cultural facilities in mixed-use configurations near transit facilities to create holistic communities where people can live, work, play, learn, create, and invest.

When you click on the image to your right, the West Busway Area Transit-Oriented Development Assessment and Plan will open in PDF (27 MB). In order to view the report, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, it’s available as a free download from Adobe.

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Click to Download The Route 30, Unity Township Land Use and Transportation Initiative in PDF Format

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Future Investment in Transit-Oriented Design (FIT)

Summary: This website is for anyone considering whether Transit Oriented Development is an effective method for planning and developing sites around transit or transit station areas. The site will help to identify whether a site is suitable for TOD and to determine potential land use strategies to achieve TOD.

Visit the site by clicking here or on the image.

Visit The FIT Website!

View the website for FIT by clicking here or on the image above.

Mon Valley Places

Summary: For this study, SPC set out to create a set of concepts that could inspire future community leaders with ideas for innovative transit service and supportive station area plans that could lead to more sustainable communities.

Download the study by clicking here or on the image.

Mon Valley Places Report Cover

Download the Mon Places study by clicking here or on the image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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