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Scenario Planning Peer Workshop Report - State College, Pennsylvania

IV. Key Insights from the Workshop

Participants suggested that other regional scenarios besides those discussed in the workshop could be considered. For example, one scenario could assess what new infrastructure might be needed given dramatically higher prices of transportation fuels. Another could explore an extended period of decreased economic activity. The alternatives explored during the workshop, while focused on a narrow range of possibilities, helped participants consider and think through regional impacts and potential responses to plausible regional changes.

Critical Planning Issues

Discussions of the four scenarios revealed insights on the key issues affecting regional transportation and general planning in Centre Region, including the following:

Since the focus of the workshop was to assess the general trends described in the scenarios, participants did not focus on identifying potential trade-offs or determining specific action steps. They did discuss general actions that could be taken to mitigate the impacts of each scenario should it come to pass. For example, if PSU enrollment increased dramatically, the Centre Area Transit Agency (CATA) and PSU could potentially work together to coordinate class schedules and achieve better utilization of the transit vehicle fleet.

Success Factors to Address Regional Challenges

Participants discussed success factors that would be required in addressing regional challenges. There was a consensus that it is difficult, yet critical, to transition from reacting to changes to planning for an effective future. Key themes in the discussion included: 1) a better understanding of "what the region is;" 2) a better understanding of community values; 3) the need for increased regional collaboration and coordination; 4) a better understanding of demand for and capacity of transportation and land use resources, such as highways, buses, parking, water, sewage, and housing, especially as related to identifying underutilized capacity; and 5) development of strategies for addressing funding limitations.

Success factors included the following:

Updated: 12/2/2015
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