PennDOT is asking residents, visitors and workers in New Hope to share information on their travel needs and habits through a brief online survey .
The survey was initiated by PennDOT “to address a request by New Hope Borough for technical planning assistance to conduct a demonstration feasibility study for public transit service that would serve borough residents and visitors,” according to PennDOT Deputy Press Secretary Erin Waters-Trasatt.
The study is focused on Route 32/Main Street and the immediately surrounding street network and area, confirmed Waters-Trasatt. “The need for access to the central business district due to congestion and parking issues is a key driver for the request,” she explained. “Potential services could include bus service, van service, etc. The type, frequency and other service details would be determined based on public feedback.”
That feedback is being requested through Nov. 28 from those who live in, visit or work in New Hope Borough. Results will help the department study the feasibility of establishing new transit service to provide connections to and within the New Hope business district and to reduce traffic congestion.
“More than 800,000 people use public transit in Pennsylvania every day,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “It’s important to ensure that we’re meeting these transportation needs because transit connects people to their jobs, families and way of life.”
People living, working and traveling to this area are encouraged to share their input regardless of whether they currently use public transportation so PennDOT can identify current travel patterns and commuting needs as well as potential destinations, routes and a service provider.
Paper copies of the survey will also be available at the New Hope Borough Office at 123 New Street.