The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) MPO boundary includes all of Lehigh and Northampton counties.  The urbanized area includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton

 

Major Corridors within the region include:

Major East-West Corridor

US 22 and I-78

Major North-South Corridor

US I-476 and PA 33

Transit

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANta) is charged with operating a "public transportation system for public use in the metropolitan area consisting of the Counties of Lehigh and Northampton. “  LANTA operates the LANtaBus system, a network of 23 fixed bus routes and 10 special routes throughout the Lehigh Valley and is concentrated in urbanized area of the Cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton and surrounding boroughs and townships.  LANTA also administers the LANtaVan program, a fully coordinated human service transportation network covering Lehigh and Northampton Counties, which arranges specialized door-to-door transportation services for people with disabilities and the elderly. LANta contracts with Easton Coach Company, Inc. to administer and operate these services.

 

Aviation

The Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA) owns and operates three public use airports in the Lehigh Valley.  Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) is located on 2,600 acres in Lehigh and Northampton counties.  LVIA provides facilities to support scheduled passenger, scheduled cargo, charter and corporate aviation.  Queen City Airport is located on 203 acres in the City of Allentown, Lehigh County and serves as a business category general aviation reliever airport to LVIA for the west-central portion of the Lehigh Valley.  Braden Airpark is situated on 72 acres in Forks Township, Northampton County and serves as a basic category general aviation reliever airport for the east-central portion of the Lehigh Valley.

Rail Freight

Rail service is limited to the movement of freight.  Norfolk Southern acquired tracks in the Lehigh Valley and the Northeastern United States with the breakup of Conrail.  Additionally, the conversion of a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel plant to an intermodal terminal will result in significantly increased rail freight service in the region.

 

Transportation Program- First Four Years (2013-2016)

To maintain and improve the existing transportation system in the Lehigh Valley, several key transportation projects are included in first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program.  Some of these key projects include:

· American Parkway Highway and Bridge Reconstruction

· US 22 Section 400 – Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Widening Improvements

· SR 412 Highway and Bridge Improvements

· US 22 Section 400 – Fullerton Avenue interchange and the Lehigh River Bridge Improvements

· US 222 & Schantz & PA 863 Signalization Improvements

· Tilghman Street Bridge Rehabilitation

· Lehigh Street Tri-Bridges Replacement

· Fifth Street Bridge Reconstruction

· 8th Street Bridge Rehabilitation

· Coplay-Northampton Bridge Rehabilitation

· PA 33 Highway Resurfacing  to PA 512 Monroe County Line

· Messinger Street Bridge Replacement

· Freemansburg Ave/PA 33 interchange Roadway Reconstruction and Bridge Rehabilitation

 

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:

· Tilghman Street Bridge Rehabilitation

· Fifth Street Bridge Reconstruction

· 8th Street Bridge Rehabilitation

· Coplay-Northampton Bridge Rehabilitation

· PA 248/PA 946 Intersection Improvement