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      Ingo Elfering

    INFRASTRUCTURE

    The region’s transportation networks, land assets, and environment play a major role in facilitating commerce and providing access to opportunity.

     

THE LATEST ON INFRASTRUCTURE

THE WORLD CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE AGENDA 

 

In 2013, the Economy League and the Philadelphia District Council of the Urban Land Institute released the Global Positioning Strategy (or GPS) for World Class Infrastructure in Greater Philadelphia. The culmination of a multi-year regional priority setting and strategy development effort facilitated by the Economy League, the Infrastructure GPS outlines goals, priority strategies, and key indicators to help focus and guide cross-sector collaboration to make our region’s infrastructure more effective and reliable.

 

THE WORLD CLASS VISION

 

Greater Philadelphia has convenient connections to regional, national, and global destinations and efficiently provides the key infrastructure necessary for business success and high quality of life. 

 

 

Global & National Connections
Destination
Greater Philadelphia connects with the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the world.
World Class Global & National Connections Strategies
Develop Philadelphia International Airport as a world class facility
Improve intercity rail connections with key metros
Enhance capacity on the region’s freight rail networks
Regional Mobility
Destination
The region's transit and road networks provide convenient and efficient connections to communities and employment centers.
World Class Regional Mobility Strategies
Bring the region’s transit system up to a state of good repair
Upgrade aging roads and bridges
Strengthen connections between the region’s economic hubs
Sustainable Systems
Destination
Modernized energy and water systems and open space networks enhance business performance and quality of life.
World Class Sustainable Systems Strategies
Modernize and protect the region’s existing water infrastructure
Enhance regional energy infrastructure
Preserve and expand the region’s networks of parks and protected open space

THE WORLD CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE INDICATORS

Global & National Connections
Passenger Air Connections
Intercity Rail Ridership
Global Port Connections
Regional Mobility
Transit Ridership
Transportation Choice
Transportation State of Good Repair
Sustainable Systems
Water Distribution Efficiency
Electric Reliability
Open Space Acreage
Passenger Air Connections
Philadelphia International Airport provides nonstop international service to 25 countries whose combined GDP accounts for nearly one-quarter of world economic output. By this measure, Greater Philadelphia ranks last among the 10 largest U.S. metros.
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COMBINED GDP OF COUNTRIES SERVED BY NONSTOP PASSENGER AIR SERVICE BY METRO AREA (2015)
  • FEATURED CAMPAIGN

    TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IN PA

     

    The 2013 passage of major transportation funding legislation in Pennsylvania marked a watershed moment for infrastructure in the Commonwealth.  The tireless efforts of a broad statewide coalition of transportation experts and advocates, including many organizations and individuals involved with World Class Greater Philadelphia, were critical to the creation of the state’s Act 89.  The Act provides unprecedented levels of dedicated funding for deteriorating transit systems, roads and bridges.  With funding now in hand, leaders are focused on making the most of these new resources.

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