Franklin County residents urged to provide feedback on transportation priorities

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CHAMBERSBURG – The Franklin County Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking feedback on transportation needs to help the county plan for the future.

The MPO has launched an online survey to gauge public input and opinion as it advances its work on an update of its long-range transportation plan. As the decision-making body for Franklin County’s transportation projects and programs that use federal funding, the MPO wants input from residents before finalizing their priorities.

The LRTP is the blueprint for decision-making on transportation projects and will serve as the county’s spending plan through the year 2045.

As the transportation implementation element of the Franklin County comprehensive plan, it will outline specific transportation priorities to help the county plan for the future.

The online survey is available at https://metroquestsurvey.com/wy7a7t. The survey is interactive, and participants can offer feedback on transportation priorities and project needs through an interactive map.

“The survey provides an excellent opportunity for the public to provide input into the process in a user-friendly and convenient way,” said Steve Thomas, director, Franklin County Planning Department. “The MPO is seeking to engage all users of our transportation system – students, workers, seniors, business owners and tourists. By working together to define what our specific planning needs are, we can begin drafting the policies and identifying the projects we need to improve Franklin County’s mobility and economic development potential.”

The Franklin County MPO is leading the transportation plan update, in cooperation with PennDOT and with technical consulting assistance from Michael Baker International, Inc. A project advisory committee consisting of representatives of transportation agencies and interests across Franklin County is guiding the LRTP.

“This process is a county-wide conversation and an important opportunity for those who live and work within the county to discuss how we want to address the transportation and traffic issues over the long-term,” explained Commissioner Dave Keller. “We all have a stake in those decisions, for our own future and economic competitiveness.”

The survey will be available March 28 through May 13.