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#PhilanthropyFriday: NEPA Moves gains statewide attention from PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards 

One year and a half since we launched the initiative to focus on equitability in transportation in NEPA, we are gaining statewide attention. We welcomed PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards to the NEPA Moves quarterly meeting this week as the keynote speaker where nearly 100 community leaders gathered to take the next steps on solving the transportation challenges across the region. Secretary Richards spoke about innovation in the transportation industry across the Commonwealth and praised NEPA Moves for its phenomenal work to date, calling it a unique collaborative model not only for the state of Pennsylvania but a model nationally for cross-sector partnerships advancing transit equity.

Next week, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO Laura Ducceschi and several members from NEPA Moves will be traveling to the RailVolution conference in Pittsburgh as invited panelists to present this model to a national audience. In November, they will be presenting the model at a PennDOT conference. In December, they will present the model to other counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at a workshop held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, as part of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Economic Growth and Mobility Lab.

NEPA Moves, which is spearheaded by the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, formed in 2017 through funding from charitable donors and is making tremendous strides across our region in the fields of workforce development, mass transportation, and health and social services. Some of the latest accomplishments include a geographic information system (GIS) mapping tool that identifies the medical institutions and social service providers that are accessible via the public transportation network; the pilot of a new online platform through Geisinger Health System that uses technology for ride coordination connecting residents to the public transportation network and private rideshare alternatives in the Scranton and Danville areas; also, a public transit toolkit for NEPA employers, developed through NEPA Moves, is expected to reach employers across the region later this year.

Reporters from across the region including WBRE-TV’s Andy Mehalshick were at the NEPA Moves quarterly meeting to talk with Secretary Richards and Scranton Area Community Foundation’s President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi, about addressing the region’s transportation needs.

To access the story that aired on WBRE-TV this week, visit: https://www.pahomepage.com/news/addressing-the-commonwealth-s-transportation-needs/1535183897

To access the article that appeared in the Citizens’ Voice this week, visit: https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/e-commerce-boom-creates-traffic-challenges-in-nepa-1.2399250

Recent research on equitable transit access conducted in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia can be found here: http://bit.ly/2KjMbYp

Photo: PennDOT Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards as the keynote speaker of NEPA Moves quarterly meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Benco Dental in Pittston.