PennDOT wants your comments on its transportation plan - The Daily Local

You may be stressed out when driving into potholes or flooding on winding roads or getting stuck in traffic for hours on congested highways.

Now is your chance to participate in setting goals for PennDOT to improve the state’s transportation system by reviewing the state’s Transportation Performance Report.

The report is prepared by PennDOT; the Transportation Planning Commission, which is PennDOT’s board of directors; and Transportation Advisory Commission, a board that advises the commission.

The report is the first step in the state's transportation program planning process and helps evaluate the system's performance and opportunities for progress.

“We will use this to help develop our next 12-year program, as well as inform our statewide long-range transportation plan and the freight movement plan,” Yassmin Gramian, PennDOT secretary and State Transportation Commission secretary, said in a press release.

Berks County transportation planner Alan D. Piper encouraged the public to participate.

“We encourage residents to take the survey and participate,” Piper said last week during a meeting of the Reading Area Transportation technical group.

The report provides performance ratings of green for good, yellow for marginal and red for poor in categories pertaining to safety, mobility, preservation and accountability.

The report does not contain any red categories. There are 16 ratings in the yellow category and 16 in the green category.

PennDOT has an annual budget of $10.3 billion. Pennsylvania has 40,000 miles of state roads, 25,400 bridges, 53 transit systems, 65 railroads and 125 airports.

PennDOT has 11,564 employees. At the end of 2020, about 33% of the department’s employees were working at home.

According to the report, state highway fatalities declined in 2019, dropping to 1,059 in 2019, the lowest since the reporting began in 1928.

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