York County planners want your thoughts on transportation


The York County Planning Commission on Monday will host a public meeting to garner feedback on how it plans transportation projects.

The meeting is part of a federal government- required certification process to make sure the county is meeting federal transportation guidelines, said Will Clark, the planning commission's chief of transportation planning.

"I think it is going to be intense and will be informative for our staff," he said of the two-day certification process.

Officials with the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transportation Administration will conduct an on-site review Monday and Tuesday of the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which delegates state and federal transportation dollars.

Urbanized area: The review will focus on the York Urbanized Area, designated as a Transportation Management Area in 2012.

Management areas with a population of more than 200,000 must undergo the federal review process every four years.

York's area boasts a population of 232,045, based on 2010 census data, and stretches from the Manchester area to Red Lion and from Hallam to the Spring Grove area, according to the planning commission.

"The majority of the (county's) population is concentrated in that area," Clark said.

The certification process for the York Urbanized Area must be completed by 2016.

Areas that don't meet certification requirements could have their federal funding dollars withheld.

The meeting: During the meeting on Monday, the public will learn about federal transportation planning requirements and will have an opportunity to express their thoughts and comments on community transportation issues.

But Clark said the meeting isn't a forum for residents to, for example, raise issue with an area they believe needs improvement.

Rather residents are encouraged to comment on York's mass transportation needs or the process by which projects are selected.

The meeting will held at 5 p.m. in the 118 Pleasant Acres Road building, where District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.'s office is located in Springettsbury Township, according to the planning commission.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.