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Transportation Mode Split

Everyday choices about how to travel to work, school, shopping, and other destinations have implications on local sustainability. Dependence on automobile travel, particularly single-occupancy driving, leads to traffic congestion, worsening air pollution,... Read More

Everyday choices about how to travel to work, school, shopping, and other destinations have implications on local sustainability. Dependence on automobile travel, particularly single-occupancy driving, leads to traffic congestion, worsening air pollution, and increasing carbon emissions. Reliance on driving impacts household budgets due to the expense of purchasing and maintaining cars, the cost of gasoline, and other incidental costs, such as parking and tolls. Congestion adds to commuting times, which reduces leisure time at home and has been shown to decrease physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness while contributing to higher rates of obesity and high blood pressure.

Abington, Pennsylvania

Dating back to before 1700, Abington Township is one of Pennsylvania's oldest communities. Incorporated in 1704, the Township is the second most populated municipality in Montgomery County, which holds the Commonwealth's third highest number of residents in a PA county. Within its 15.5 square mile area, are over 20 public... Read More

Dating back to before 1700, Abington Township is one of Pennsylvania's oldest communities. Incorporated in 1704, the Township is the second most populated municipality in Montgomery County, which holds the Commonwealth's third highest number of residents in a PA county. Within its 15.5 square mile area, are over 20 public parks, two bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and a large county park. Abington is home to some of the county’s oldest transportation routes and is the second most densely populated municipality in Montgomery County. Several of the largest employers in the county are in Abington Township.

To ameliorate traffic congestion and become a more walkable and mixed use community, the Township has garnered resources to become a healthier and more sustainable community. The Montgomery County Planning Commission's MontCo 2040 Plan selected the Noble Train Station as the focus to examine transit-oriented development and walkability and the Township recently developed a Master Bicycle Plan. The Township anticipates final approval of an updated Zoning Ordinance to further incorporate mixed use buildings, transit oriented development, walkability, and expanded bicycling to connect to regional trails, reduce vehicular use, and calm traffic.