Reading Area Transportation Study


(610) 478-6300 C/O Berks County Planning Commission

FAX: (610) 478-6316 Berks County Services Center                  

Email: 633 Court Street, 14th Floor                      
Reading, PA 19601-4309




February 7, 2017


Dear Community Transportation Consumer:


In one way or another, our transportation system affects our lives on a daily basis. We travel back and forth to work, school, shopping, medical appointments or recreation activities. The goods that we consume are shipped between factories, warehouses and stores. People and goods travel in cars, trucks, trains, or busses; we also walk, bicycle, carpool, take a taxi, or telecommute. Over time, our transportation needs outgrow the current transportation system and changes are needed.


The Reading Area Transportation Study (RATS) is the regional body of appointed officials charged with assessing the transportation needs of our area and preparing various plans and programs. One of those plans, the Public Participation Process, deals with the policies and practices used to ensure the public has a greater role in making decisions about roadway, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian investments in Berks County. It ensures that the opinions and needs of special populations are considered by the planning process. We are looking for your input into the best way to achieve these goals.


RATS is beginning the process of updating the Public Participation Process document. From now through the end of February, we are soliciting comments from the community to identify the best ways to both inform the public of pending transportation plans and projects and to get the public’s feedback on their content. A survey link has been posted at as an initial method to gauge the public’s preferences to a variety of outreach methods. As a person or an organization that represents a particular segment of the community, we ask that you complete this survey and also forward this information to those whom you represent. If you wish, we would be happy to forward printed surveys for your clients/constituents to complete.


Two meetings will be held to hear from community organizations and activists regarding outreach methods and results. These meetings are not about specific projects or issues; rather, they are about the exchange of information and how to best engage the public in the transportation planning process. On Tuesday February 21, 2017, a nighttime meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Berks County Agricultural Center (1238 County Welfare Rd, Leesport, PA 19533), and on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, a daytime meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority (BARTA) boardroom (1700 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA 19604). By using the results from the survey and input from these meetings, the Public Participation Process will be updated to ensure more thorough communication with the public is achieved. We hope you can attend one of these sessions. For planning purposes, including the need for scheduling translation/interpretation services, we ask that you RSVP no later than February 14, 2017 (for the 2/21 meeting) or no later than February 21 (for the 2/28 meeting), to, or call 610-478-6300.


Thank you for your time, and we look forward to seeing you in February!




Michael D. Golembiewski Transportation Modeler


The Reading MPO is committed to compliance with nondiscrimination requirements of civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies applicable to the programs and activities it administers. Accordingly, the MPO is dedicated to ensuring that program beneficiaries receive public participation opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or economic status. Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities and the location is reachable by public transit. The MPO will provide auxiliary services for individuals with language, speech, sight or hearing impediments provided the request for assistance is made by seven (7) days prior to the meeting. The MPO will attempt to satisfy other requests, as it is able. Please make your request for auxiliary services to Michael Golembiewski at (610) 478- 6300 or . If you believe you have been denied participation opportunities, or otherwise discriminated against in relation to the programs or activities administered by the MPO, you may file a complaint using the procedures provided in our complaint process document or by contacting Michael Golembiewski at (610) 478- 6300 or .