Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan

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BACKGROUND

The Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Lebanon County Planning Department will be releasing a new Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the county in 2024.

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SCHEDULE

Work began in 2023 on the new Long-Range Transportation Plan. Lebanon County is currently taking public comment and completing technical analyses and is targeting a 2024 adoption date for the final plan.  

GET INVOLVED

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey and/or identified issues on our shared map (live between January 18, 2024, and March 31, 2024). Our first public meeting was on February 27, 2024, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Community Library. Our final public meeting was April 2, 2024, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Penn State Extension.

DRAFT GOALS

The proposed goals for the Lebanon County LRTP address safety and security, personal mobility, freight mobility, equity, land use and environment, growth management, economic growth, asset management and resilience, and funding. The goals and objectives of the plan will be the focus of the first two planned in-person public meetings, which will be held in Spring 2024.

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FAQ

What is a long-range transportation plan?

A long-range transportation plan (LRTP) articulates a region's vision and the transportation goals and objectives that will help achieve that vision. It considers issues and opportunities over a 20-year planning horizon. An LRTP includes an action plan and a prioritized list of proposed projects aligned with the region's goals. The plan guides investment in transportation improvements as funds become available. LRTPs are required in order to qualify for state and federal transportation funding.

Who leads LRTP development?

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) lead LRTP development, working closely with federal and state transportation agencies, county and municipal leaders, as well as others with an interest and stake in a sound transportation system. For its 2024 update, Lebanon County engaged a team led by the consulting firm WSP USA Inc. of Philadelphia, PA, to assist with the data-gathering, outreach, analysis, and documentation required to complete the plan.

Why update Lebanon County's current plan from 2020?

Long-range transportation plans are federally required to be updated every four years to ensure they remain relevant as conditions change. State changes include PennDOT’s 2045 Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan (completed in late 2021), which establishes new goals for transportation across Pennsylvania. Nationwide, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the frequency and ways that people travel. Lebanon County’s new LRTP will incorporate federal requirements, new state guidance, and evolving travel trends for Lebanon County.

What public and stakeholder involvement is being conducted?

There are multiple ways that the public and stakeholders can participate in this planning process. This website will be continuously updated, and includes links to an online survey and online mapping tool that allows users to pinpoint problem locations. Although the survey and the mapping tool are currently closed for comment (they were live from January through March 2024), anyone is welcome to email the team  with comments or questions.

Beyond online outreach, the MPO hosted three Steering Committee meetings for stakeholders, which included municipalities, school districts, and advocacy and business groups. Focus groups were held to solicit detailed input from stakeholders on transportation issues. Finally, the MPO hosted two in-person public meetings in February and April.