|NEPA Moves began as an initiative of the Scranton Area Community Foundation in 2017 as a collaborative focused on increasing access to equitable transportation in order to remove barriers to achieving a higher quality of life for NEPA residents. One of the key goals that NEPA Moves set in developing objectives was to work in conjunction with our members in the mass transit, business, and community development sectors to help increase equitable access to opportunity employment for NEPA residents, many of whom mentioned access to workforce transportation as a local challenge.
Now over 100 members, NEPA Moves is celebrating the recent announcement by the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) and The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce of a new bus route that will service the Mid Valley Industrial Park beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The new route will service Mid Valley Industrial Park, Valley View Business Park, Jessup Small Business Center, and Rock Creek Corporate Center. The loop will consist of an outbound trip from the Giant Market in Dickson City and an inbound trip from the Jessup Youth Sports Complex.
“This route is an example of transportation serving as an economic engine in our county. The growth of NEPA’s industrial parks has been exponential, and we are thrilled to be a part of the economic development in our region by getting employees to work,” said COLTS’ Executive Director Bob Fiume. “COLTS looks forward to partnering with Lackawanna County, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and NEPA Moves on other projects moving forward.”
Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation stated, “This is a great example of collaboration. On behalf of NEPA Moves, we are proud to share this announcement along with our partners. Increasing access to mass transit to regional industrial parks was a key recommendation of the Accessing Economic Opportunity Study, prepared for the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia by The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development at Wilkes University.”
The route was announced Thursday in a joint press conference between COLTS and the Chamber with the support of Lackawanna County and NEPA Moves. Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Vice President of Administration and Operations Maggie Martinelli representing NEPA Moves joined in the announcement.