Trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials seek pub­lic in­put on outreach ef­forts

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS -

Trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials are try­ing to en­sure that the pub­lic has a greater role in mak­ing de­ci­sions about road­way, pub­lic trans­porta­tion, bi­cy­cle and pedes­trian in­vest­ments in Berks County and are look­ing for your in­put into the best way to achieve that goal. From now through the end of Fe­bru­ary, the Read­ing Area Trans­porta­tion Study (RATS) is so­lic­it­ing com­ments from the com­mu­nity to iden­tify the best ways to both in­form the pub­lic of pend­ing trans­porta­tion plans and projects and to get the pub­lic’s feed­back on their con­tent.

“Ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity de­pends on the trans­porta­tion sys­tem, and ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity should have a say in how we de­velop and im­prove that sys­tem,” said Michael D. Golem­biewski, a trans­porta­tion planner with the Berks County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

The first step in this process will be a pub­licly-avail­able sur­vey ask­ing re­spon­dents to rec­om­mend the best ways to ex­change in­for­ma­tion and asks for ideas on how they can be more re­spon­sive to your is­sues. The re­sults of the sur­vey will be in­cor­po­rated into an up­dated Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Process that will then be used in all of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ef­forts.

The Read­ing Area Trans­porta­tion Study (RATS) is the fed­er­ally-des­ig­nated Metropoli­tan Plan­ning Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Berks County. It is charged with as­sess­ing all of the trans­porta­tion needs of our area (road­way, non-mo­tor­ized, and pub­lic trans­porta­tion), pre­par­ing a Long Range Trans­porta­tion Plan and the Trans­porta­tion Im­prove­ment Pro­gram. Ad­di­tion­ally, RATS pre­pares a va­ri­ety of in­di­vid­ual stud­ies that help to for­mu­late the Long Range Plan and Trans­porta­tion Im­prove­ment Pro­gram. These plans then guide the ac­tiv­i­ties of RATS, the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and BARTA.

The sur­vey can be found by go­ing to the Berks County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion’s web site (www.co.berks.pa.us/plan­ning); or a pa­per ver­sion can be re­quested by call­ing 610478-6300 or email­ing plan­ning@coun­ty­of­berks.com

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