Mercer County Regional Planning Commission, Hermitage, Pennsylvania


Sheango Valley Area Transportation Study(Mercer County MPO) Meeting Schedule 2016

February 16, 2016 10:30 a.m.

May 17, 2016 10:30 a.m.

July 12, 2016 10:30 a.m.

November 15, 2016 10:30 a.m.

2016 MPO Meeting Scheudle Legal Notice

Title VI Public Notice

Mercer County Transportation Planning

Planning for Mercer County's Transportation system, providing safe and efficient modes of travel for both the public and private sectors.

  • Highway

  • Public Transit

  • Pedestrian/Bicyclists


Mercer County Traffic Counts


PennDOT has a new website available.  It is called Internet Traffic Monitoring System (ITMS).  This website allows a web user to access PennDOT Traffic Count Data and view maps of a selected area along with video.  If you are looking for traffic count data on a road in Mercer County or anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania, this is a good place to look.


Click here to access the PennDOT Internet Traffic Monitoring System Web Site.


PennDOT State Highway Online Video Log


PennDOT has another new website available.  It is called the Pennsylvania State Highway Video Inventory.  This website allows a web user to access detailed video of each segment of state highway throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania.


Click here to access the PennDOT State Highway Online Video Log Web Site.



Mercer County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

The Shenango Valley Area Transportation Study MPO is a federally mandated organization responsible for transportation related issues in Mercer County. Professional staff members of the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission run the daily business of the MPO. During 2000, the SVATS MPO grew by four (4) communities. SVATS has been working to ensure equal representation throughout the County.

The SVATS MPO is made up of two committees the Coordinating and the Technical. The Coordinating committee is responsible for insuring the maintenance of planning eligibility for state and federal grants and the maintenance of both the LRP and TIP. The Coordinating Committee is made up of twenty-five voting members (including 2 from PENN DOT), Farrell, Hermitage, Sharon, Clark, Grove City, West Middlesex, Wheatland, Sharpsville, Findley, Liberty, Pine, Shenango, South Pymatuning, Springfield, Wilmington, Wolf Creek, Greenville, Mercer County and the Mercer County Regional Council of Governments.

The Technical committee has the duty to study and report on technical aspects as directed by the Coordinating Committee and to initiate studies and recommendations on technical aspects in pursuance of the objectives of the UPWP. The Technical Committee is made up of twelve voting members; PENN DOT (2), Farrell, Hermitage, Sharon, Greenville, Grove City, Sharpsville, Township Association, Mercer County Regional Planning Commission (2) and the Mercer County Regional Council of Governments.

The MPO deals in all modes of transportation, one key mode being transit. The SVATS MPO works closely with the major transit providers for the County. The two major providers are the Shenango Valley Shuttle Service (SVSS) and Mercer County Community Transit (MCCT). The SVSS runs several routes providing fixed route service to the Shenango Valley. The MCCT provides on demand service to all areas of Mercer County.


Unified Work Program

The Unified Planning Work Program establishes an outline of work tasks to be undertaken by the Shenango Valley Area Transportation Study (SVATS) during the 2009 - 2010 Fiscal Year. The SVATS Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has the responsibility to plan and program transportation projects receiving federal funding for all of Mercer County. The SVATS MPO has undertaken this duty since it’s inception in 1981.

One Local Development District (LDD), one non-affiliated County (Lawrence), and one MPO serving the Youngstown, Ohio area border the SVATS MPO. SVATS works with the surrounding agencies on an as need basis.


Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Long Range Plan

In order to undertake the transportation planning process in Mercer County a Long Range Plan was developed. The original plan being adopted by the SVATS MPO in November of 1994, with amendments being made in 1997 and other years. The LRP provides information necessary to the planning and programming process. Information contained in the LRP includes data on such items as population, land use, existing facilities, planning factors, 20-year project listing, and congestion/intermodal management issues. Because Mercer County has been redesignated as a non-attainment county for Air Quality, we will once again be required to update our LRP on a three-year cycle.

The LRP plan also plays an important role in the Mercer County Comprehensive Plan. In November of 1996, the County Commissioners adopted the "Planning for Livable Communities" plan. The LRP has been incorporated into this document in its entirety. Any changes in the LRP will automatically be reflected in the County's Comprehensive Plan, which is currently being updated.


Transportation Maps

Various County Transportation Plans





Mercer County Regional Planning Commission
2491 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148


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