The purpose of the Harrisburg Transportation Center (HTC) Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) initiative is to redevelop the blighted area north and east of the station while increasing train and bus ridership.
PennDOT led a TOD study for a four-block (approximately 60-acre) area behind the HTC between State and Mulberry Streets, Cameron Street, and the train tracks. Visioning Week, held in September 2016, was the centerpiece of a multifaceted public engagement strategy.
The TOD study determined that the HTC and a number of adjacent and nearby properties possess potential for new, transit-oriented, mixed-use development, which could encourage wider use of rail, bicycle, and pedestrian transportation modes. The project yielded design concepts and potential site plans that were presented at a community open house in December 2016.
Following input from the open house, a master plan was developed to establish an implementation phasing plan to meet the following goals:
- Leverage the HTC as a multimodal asset;
- Increase ridership on the Keystone Corridor rail line and create greater efficiencies for existing public transportation;
- Serve as a cornerstone to help define and support sustainable redevelopment in the TOD study area;
- Increase connectivity to the train station from surrounding employment centers and residential districts in the downtown area and nearby neighborhoods;
- Create a pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly environment around the TOD study area; and
- Integrate mixed-use development/public space.
To view the master plan document, see the links under Documents on this page.
During the study, the flood potential of nearby Paxton Creek was identified as a critical concern. The Paxton Creek Master Plan, developed concurrently with the HTC TOD Master Plan, provides a comprehensive strategy to restore the natural ecological function of the creek through the study area to reduce flooding and support TOD development. PennDOT conducted detailed field surveys and hydrologic/hydraulic analysis to confirm project feasibility. PennDOT provided a summary of the Paxton Creek analysis to stakeholders. For the full Paxton Creek Master Plan, see the links under Documents on this page.
Planning began in June 2016 and the TOD Master Plan and Paxton Creek Master Plan were released in March 2018. Implementation of the HTC/TOD Master Plan will require further study and/or future multi-disciplined public- and private-sector efforts. Similarly, future efforts to implement the Paxton Creek Master Plan will require local leadership.
A flood reduction feasibility study for Paxton Creek was completed in March 2019. The study outlines next steps for consideration by the City of Harrisburg and other interested stakeholders.
PennDOT led the planning phase of this multifaceted initiative.