Increase regional transportation cooperation and pursue multimodal transportation options, to facilitate inter-county connectivity.
A regional transportation network provides for the movement of goods and people though a multimodal system, which includes trains, trucks, buses, cars, bikes, and pedestrian options. As the regional transportation network grows, a viable system of accessible transportation alternatives should be implemented for residents and commuters alike. This includes complete streets that give consideration to bicycle and pedestrian traffic in addition to cars, trucks, buses, and ride sharing options while utilizing the latest innovative advancements in technology.
In order to facilitate and maintain an effective and comprehensive transportation system, cross-border actions should be encouraged and implemented through regional transportation planning. The economic success of Lexington and the region depends upon the accessibility and connectivity of the regional transportation network. The city’s transportation network penetrates urban and rural boundaries as well as political borders. Regional transportation planning through continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning with the surrounding counties should be pursued, as transportation links Lexington to the rest of the world politically, economically, and socially. Transportation transcends all levels of governmental units and is vital to economic growth.
As Lexington’s population and economic activity continue to increase, so too will the demand for the movement of goods and people. Approximately half of the city’s labor force commutes from outside of the county, a trend that is expected to continue as populations in Scott, Madison, and Jessamine Counties grow at rapid rates. This will result in more people and vehicles making daily commutes, on already well-traveled arterials and thoroughfares. In addition to more commuters, an increase in trucks and freight movement is also anticipated as online shopping continues to increase and home delivery becomes more readily available.
Currently, the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) functions as the transportation planning unit for the city, while also serving as the regional organization that covers Jessamine County and a very small portion of Scott County. However, Lexington should look to foster increased regional transportation planning amongst all of its surrounding counties.