The Erie Area Transportation Study (EATS) is responsible for coordinating transportation planning efforts in all municipalities throughout Erie County. The EATS MPO works closely with the Erie County Department of Planning (ECDP) and the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, a multi-county regional economic development organization and designated Rural Planning Organization (RPO) headquartered in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
Major Corridors within the region include:
Major East-West Corridor
I-90 and US-6, connecting with Buffalo, Cleveland, and the northern tier of Pennsylvania
Major North-South Corridor
I-79, connecting with Pittsburgh
Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) is the Erie area’s primary provider of mass transit. EMTA provides public transit service along major highway routes, with park and ride lots within the urbanized area. The Intermodal Transportation Center on the Bayfront’s Holland Street Pier provides access to cruise ships and commercial bus carriers. The Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC), in partnership with EMTA, provides other transit services for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Greyhound Lines and Fullington Auto Bus provide daily bus service. These operators provide scheduled service, route service, charter group and party levels of service ranging from local and regional to interstate connections.
The Erie International Airport – Tom Ridge Field is served by Continental, Delta, and US Airways. These major airlines connect a significantly growing number of travelers in the Erie metropolitan area with national and international cities. Two general aviation airports also service the county.
Amtrak passenger train service connects Erie with Cleveland and Chicago to the west and Buffalo and New York City to the east. Two major freight rail lines serve the Erie area, Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and CSX Transportation Inc. Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad and the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc., which absorbed the Allegheny & Eastern Railroad Co., are the two regional railroads. The local East Erie Commercial Railroad services the GE locomotive plant facilities.
Transportation Program - First Four Years (2013-2016)
To maintain and improve the existing transportation system in Erie MPO, several key transportation projects are included in first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program. Some of these key projects include:
· Ramp and intersection improvement at Peach Street and I-90 Interchange in Summit Township
· Construction of a roundabout at US 19 and PA 97 in Waterford Township
· Realign Townhall Road to create an intersection at Dorn Road in Summit Township
· Restoration of US 20 in Harborcreek and North East Townships
· Replacement of PA 98 bridge over I-90 in Fairview Township
· Bridge rehabilitation on Sanford Road over I-90 in Springfield Township
· New bridge over Norfolk Southern and CSX railroad tracks in Millcreek and Fairview Townships
Transportation Program - Second Four Years (2017-2020)
Due to the cost and timing of projects in the first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program, several projects will overlap and continue in the second four years of the Program. Some of these key projects include:
· Study of bridge over CSX railroad tracks in Erie
· Replace Elmwood Road bridge over Raccoon Creek in Springfield Township
· Replace Kane Hill Road bridge over Four Mile Creek in Greene Township
· Rehabilitate McKee Road bridge over I-90 in Springfield Township