DVRPC improves the region's transportation system through a variety of programs and projects. We work cooperatively with our planning partners to improve quality of transportation in the Delaware Valley.
DVRPC views the bicycle as a mode of transportation rather than just a form of recreation. Many short trips that are presently made by car, could be made by bicycle if safer and more comfortable bicycle accommodations were provided. Traveling by bicycle leads to positive results for health, air quality, automobile congestion, and overall regional mobility. DVRPC encourages context-sensitive bicycle accommodations throughout the region as a part of a complete streets framework.
The Central Jersey Forum has been meeting since 1999 to address concerns focused on the US-1 corridor among municipalities in Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties. High-level representatives from twenty-five municipalities, three counties, and numerous state agencies and other organizations meet three times per year to coordinate and to discuss transportation and land use issues and implement solutions. Key issues identified are east-west access; improving coordination of transportation and land use in this high growth, congested area; and transit.
The Congestion Management Process (CMP) helps facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods through analysis and enhanced coordination. The CMP helps connect the Long Range Plan with the TIP. It recommends specific multimodal strategies throughout the region.
The Long-Range Plan and the CMP recognize that our region functions along a series of corridors that integrate land use and transportation systems. Corridor Planning is a micro-level analysis which integrates various disciplines to recommend coordinated actions that span policy, plans and projects.
The Philadelphia region's impressive mix of freight facilities, airports, and related industries links us to global markets and destinations. DVRPC promotes "good neighbor" strategies, works with the private sector, and analyzes major trends and unique needs.
Planning requires a firm understanding of current travel patterns and the ability to produce forecasts of future travel. DVRPC uses a variety of analytical tools to inform development of the Long-Range Plan, plan highway and transit projects, and to ensure air quality standards are met. DVRPC also collects travel data through surveys, counts, and innovative web applications.
A common transportation planning adage is that every trip is a pedestrian trip, including trips by car, which begin and end on foot. As a result, pedestrian planning and the consideration of pedestrian needs are integral elements of nearly all of DVRPC’s planning activities. DVRPC’s role is to encourage context-sensitive pedestrian accommodations throughout the region as part of a complete streets policy framework.
DVRPC pursues an active, wide-ranging approach to improve transportation safety. Safety is incorporated in many of DVRPC's Work Program efforts, such as Safe Routes to School, incident management, the Long-Range Plan, and corridor studies. The Transportation Safety and Security program helps coordinate these efforts and includes items such as the Transportation Safety Action Plan and Regional Safety Task Force.
Our region is served by nearly every mode of public transit. To help our communities leverage this connectivity, DVRPC conducts an array of transit planning work on behalf of our partners. These include concept development studies, station-area plans, access-to-transit studies (with a focus on walking and biking to transit) and transit operations analyses.
DVRPC assists different transportation agencies and local governments in managing and operating the region's transportation systems through our Transportation Systems Management and Operations initiatives, which involve data, technology, coordination and consensus building.