- Why another study? What's different this time?
Previous studies in the area have focused only on providing connections
between Cranberry Township and limited regional locations including the
City of Butler and Beaver County without addressing the circulation needs
within the area.
The current study will consider the broader transit needs for the Cranberry
area for different users including commuters, employers, the elderly, the
young, residents and businesses, and determine how transit could help shape
the community to achieve a better quality of life. This study will result
in a plan with a much higher probability for success through public input,
by conducting a thorough needs analysis and developing transit service ideas
that meet those needs in terms of where the service operates, how often
it operates, the speed and type of vehicle used.
- Why would we want more buses in the area?
Buses can reduce congestion by reducing the number of cars on the road.
Buses increase mobility for people that have limited automobile access,
such as the elderly, young, and low income. Transit can help direct growth
and support community development that promotes walking, bicycling and mixed
land uses by reducing reliance on automobiles.
- How will the kind of services provided be determined?
Community input will guide this study and will be sought at each step of
the process including needs identification and defining options for transportation
system improvements for Cranberry Township and surrounding communities.
The range of service concepts will be evaluated using many factors including
how people will use it, revenues, costs, compatibility with community development
plans and most importantly, community input. We will ask the community which
service concepts they prefer and work with the community on a plan.
- Are there plans for additional park-n-ride facilities?
Public input will guide the study. Users of the current park-n-ride facilities
located at Warrendale and Blade Runners were asked to comment on the current
service and facilities. Public input on park-n-ride facilities and other
issues was also provided at the March 16, 2004 community open house at the
Cranberry Township Municipal Building and through on-going community outreach
efforts. This public input for additional park-n-ride facilities and where
to locate such facilities will be incorporated into the needs analysis of
- When will we have service?
The study is targeted for completion by December 2004 and will provide recommendations
on the steps to be taken to get a transit service plan into operation as
soon as possible. The schedule for implementing any recommended service
will depend on the funding and institutional arrangements required to put
the service in place. In all likelihood, the service plan will be implemented
in stages, including short term, intermediate and long term action plans.
- How will the Cranberry area plan be coordinated with
other transportation plans in the area?
Until we know what the Cranberry plan looks like it is difficult to say
how it will fit overall with highway projects, economic development plans
and other transit plans in the area. This study is being overseen by the
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, which coordinates transportation activities
among ten counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Additionally, the study
team is working with two advisory committees, which include representatives
from Cranberry Township and neighboring municipalities, Butler County, area
transit agencies, PENNDOT and the Federal Transit Administration. This allows
the study team to remain up-to-date on transportation projects in Cranberry
and the surrounding area.
- Who will provide the service?
Community input and the study will help identify who will manage the service.
There are existing transit agencies that could provide service, or possibly
a new agency could be formed to manage the service.
- How will transit be funded?
One of the study tasks will be to determine how much the service will cost
and how it will be funded. Some of the funding will come from fare box revenues
or funding for senior riders may be provided by the Pennsylvania lottery.
Other traditional funding sources include federal and state transportation
agency capital and operating grants, and support from county and municipal
governments. Partnerships with private sources and non-transportation related
government agencies are also possible.
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