Monday, April 4, 2011

The New LANta

Scuttlebutt about service changes happening in late August, 2011 is all over town. Scuttlebutt is like whisper down the alley, after the first five people hear it, it gets blown out of proportion. To find out how accurate your information really is, to learn more about your community transportation options, and give your com­ments and opinions regarding these changes there are four public input sessions scheduled in April. Allentown, April 5 at the Baum Art School from 1:00–3:00 pm and 6:00–8:00pm; Easton, April 6 at the Eastonian, 140 Northampton St., 1:00 -3:00 pm and in Bethlehem, April 6 at the Hyatt, 54 W. North St., 6:00– 8:00 pm. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, there will be a dedicated web page on the website where proposed service changes will be detailed and you may submit questions or comments. Based on comments from the public to or write to LANta Service Changes, 1060 Lehigh St, Allentown, PA 18103. LANTA will update the service proposals based on public input and on May 4th there will be a public hearing where the final proposed structure will be presented (Thursday, noon, LANTA offices, 1060 Lehigh St, Allentown).

Proposed Plan - Open for review by the public for the next month

Click here or on the logo above for an overview of the changes and a conversion guide showing the current routes and how they would appear in the new system design.

An extensive planning process was conducted to develop the proposed plan. The first step was to identify resources available for service enhancements (money, buses and drivers). Then, Planning and Operations identified the priority issues to be addressed given the resources. An initial service plan was devel­oped and discussed with different operator groups, supervisors, customer ser­vice, and senior staff. Based on input from these groups, the Planning Depart­ment revised the initial concepts and came up with the proposed service changes. Phase 1 of the Service Plan element of Moving LANTA Forward calls for a redesign of the current fixed route system to meet certain goals. Listed be­low are the MLF service plan goals and how the proposed service changes ad­dress them:

· Goal 1: Establish a tier system of corridors
The proposed plan creates a core set of routes and adds evening/Sunday service to key corridors.
· Goal 2: Improve user-friendliness through streamlined routes and new route classification system
The proposed plan reduces the number of routes from 40 to 26 and estab­lishes a new route numbering system based on service level.
· Goal 3: Reduce complexity by reducing variations and eliminating separate evening service structure
The proposed plan establishes a route structure in which most routes will have only one service pattern and eliminates the separate evening service model.
· Goal 4: Create direct connections for prominent travel patterns with new through-routing links
The proposed plan creates new direct connections such as Bethlehem to Hamilton St West, Emmaus Ave to the LV Mall, Susquehanna St to LVHC, South Easton to St. Luke’s Riverside.
· Goal 5: Address “tight” route segments to improve reliability and re­duce operator stress
The proposed plan includes changes specifically designed to address known running time issues.
· Goal 6:Use Flexible models to address sparsely developed areas
The proposed plan establishes a pilot LANta Flex service in Macungie/Alburtis