The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) is a Rural Planning Organization (RPO) serving as the coordinating agency for transportation planning and programming in the five-county rural region that includes Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne counties.

 

Major Corridors within the region include:

Major East-West Corridor

I-80, I-84 and US 6

Major North-South Corridor

I-81, I-380, I-476, US 209, PA 309 and PA 61

Transit

The Schuylkill Transportation System (STS), Monroe County Transportation Authority (MCTA) and the Carbon County Community Transportation (CCCT), which is operated by LANTA, provide fixed route and shared ride services within their respective counties and provide some connecting routes to adjacent counties and regions.

 

Aviation

The Northeastern Pennsylvania rural area has three public use airports.  The East Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport and the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport are both located in Monroe County.  The Schuylkill County/Joe Zerbey Airport is located in Schuylkill County.

 

Rail Freight

Rail infrastructure is prevalent in the region, especially for rail freight.  Norfolk Southern is the major rail line serving the Northeastern rural area of Pennsylvania.  The Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Company and the New York Susquehanna and Western Railway Corporation are regional railroads serving the area.  In addition, there are four shortline railroads located in the area.

 

Transportation Program - First Four Years (2013-2016)

To maintain and improve the existing transportation system in NEPA, several key transportation projects are included in first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program. 

Some of these key projects include:

· McCall Bridge Rehabilitation

· Jim Thorpe Bridge Replacement

· US 209/715 Intersection Improvement – Phase 1

· US 209/115 Intersection Improvement – Phase 2

· PA 611- Scotrun – Swiftwater Safety Improvement

· PA 611/ PA 715 Safety Improvements

· SR 2022 over Brodhead Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

· US 6- Milford to Matamoras Resurface Improvements

· SR. 1011- Pond Eddy Crossing Bridge Replacement

· SR. 2001- Milford – Bushkill #2 Highway Restoration

· PA 61- Port Clinton Highway Restoration

· PA 61- Deer Lake North Safety Improvements

· Mady’s Bridge Replacement

· PA 61 Safety Improvement – Schuylkill Haven

· Collins Street Bridge Replacement

· SR. 3028 over Twp 191 Bridge Replacement

· PA 191/196 & Twp 367 Intersection Improvement

· SR 1020 over Delaware River 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:

· PA 443 Access Management

· US 6 - Milford to Matamoras Resurface Improvements

· SR. 2001- Milford- Bushkill #2 Highway Restoration

· Collins Street Bridge Replacement

· US 6 - Honesdale to Texas Twp Highway Restoration

· PA 371 over Delaware River Bridge Rehabilitation

· SR 1008 over Delaware River Bridge Rehabilitation

· PA 191/196 & Twp 367 Intersection Improvement

· SR 1020 over Delaware River Bridge Rehabilitation











Transportation Program - Interstate Transportation Projects-

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

· I-80/Exit 308 Realignment

· I-81 from Lebanon County Line Reconstruction to Pine Grove

· I 84 Reconstruction from SR 6  to NY Line

· I-84 Reconstruction from Exit 34 to Mile Post 40

· I-84 Delaware River Bridge Rehabilitation