The U.S. 422 Corridor, from KOP to just west of Pottstown, includes a planning area encompassing approximately 200 square miles in southern Montgomery, northern Chester, and southern Berks counties. Carrying over 100,000 vehicles a day on some sections, U.S. 422 is probably the single most important and fastest growing expressway in the Philadelphia suburban region.
The U.S. 422 Corridor Multi-Modal Master Plan is intended to improve the safety and efficiency of the area’s transportation system by analyzing the condition of the network, identifying mobility needs throughout the corridor, and strengthening the linkage between land use and transportation.
HOW WE HELPED
To address the problems of the corridor, including acute congestion and loss of open space, McCormick Taylor produced a comprehensive set of recommendations addressing transportation, land use, natural resources, and quality of line. A “top 10” set of implementation strategies to guide regional, county, and local decision makers includes the extension of commuter rail, reviatalization of older boroughs, congestions management, Bus Rapid Transit, farmland/open space preservation, interchange capacity increases, park-and-ride lots, and transit-oriented development.
The U.S. 422 Corridor Multi-Modal Master Plan Summary Report was developed to document the findings of the Master Plan Study. The report developed 10 strategies for managing growth, development, and travel demands within the corridor:
- Roadway and Interchange Capacity/Congestion Management
- New Transit/Extensions
- Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
- Revitalized Older Downtowns
- Mixed-Use Development
- Transit-Oriented Development
- River Access
- Complete Streets/Access Management
- Park-and-Ride Lots
- Farmland/Open Space Preservation