Funding is needed to improve our transportation infrastructure. Click here to learn about the process by which transportation projects are funded in Chester County.
Mobility and Accessibility
Chester County features a variety of transit options available to people of all ages and abilities. However, these services link population centers, major retailers and health care facilities, and are much less accessible and convenient to those living in low-density suburban or rural areas. While demand exists to expand the coverage and frequency of transit, population and employment densities are generally too low outside of the County's urbanized areas to support viable transit service. The following resources provide information about Chester County's public transportation facilities as well as best practices for implementing age friendly communities.
- Chester County Public Transportation Plan
- APA on Aging and Livable Communities
- DVRPC Age-Friendly Communities
Major Corridor Congestion
Chester County is experiencing increased congestion largely due to sustained dramatic population and employment growth. CCPC is working with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to determine best uses for limited transportation funding to mitigate congestion both in the County and regionally. Click here to learn more about DVRPC's Major Corridor Congestion Management Program.
A complete street is a road that is designed for the safety and enjoyment of users of all ages and abilities, whether they are a bicyclist, pedestrian, transit rider, or driving a car. Click here to see how this concept is illustrated through the Complete Streets planning guide CCPC produced for a 20-mile stretch of Baltimore Pike from Oxford to Kennett Township.
Greater Philadelphia is the proud home of the Circuit Trails, a vast regional network of hundreds of miles of multi-use trails that grows each year. CCPC is a part of the Circuit Coalition to plan and advocate for trail connections within Chester County.
A transit-oriented development (TOD) is a mixed-use, walkable neighborhood located within a quarter mile of a transit stop or station designed to encourage the use of public transit and reduce reliance on personal vehicles. These developments employ compact, village-like land use patterns that mix residential and local-scale commercial uses at densities higher densities than are typically found in conventional suburban development. Click here to learn more.
In 2014 Chester County adopted a Public Transportation Plan which identifies the public transportation needs of the County in concert with the projected population and employment growth that will necessitate a shift in transit service. The County's current land use patterns and transportation system dictate reliance on the automobile, and the Public Transportation Plan examines connections between Smart Growth concepts and improved accessibility to make Chester County attractive to new residents and workers and to foster sustainable economic development. Click here to view the plan.
These case studies provide information on promoting transportation choices in neighborhoods, businesses and communities.