About HATS


Harrisburg Area Transportation Study

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TCRPC serves as the lead staff agency for the Harrisburg Area Transportation Study.

HATS was created as a result of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, which mandated regional planning as a condition of receiving federal funds for transportation projects. To this day, the planning must be supported through a continuing, comprehensive, coordinated (3C) process.

HATS is a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), an organization of federal, state and local agencies, as well as officials from Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties, the City of Harrisburg and Capital Area Transit, all of whom are accountable for the 3C process.

In this role, HATS develops a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which documents the current status of transportation projects and programs, identifies long-term needs and recommends projects to meet those needs. The long-range RTP sets a framework and priorities for the expenditure of federal transportation funds over a 25-year period.

HATS serves 103 municipalities in all, covering almost 1,700 square miles in South-Central Pennsylvania, including Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties.




HATS Committees

HATS is comprised of two committees: the Coordinating Committee and the Technical Committee.  The Technical Committee oversees analyses and preparation of plans and studies, reviews transportation items brought before HATS to consider, and makes recommendations to the Coordinating Committee.  The Coordinating Committee is the policy body, which formally takes action based on Technical Committee input, and adopts transportation plans and improvement programs.  A Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and a Secretary lead the Technical and Coordinating Committees, each designated by election from the voting membership to one-year terms.  Voting representation on the HATS Committees is as follows:

Coordinating Committee Technical Committee*
Entity/Agency Number of Votes Entity/Agency Number of Votes
PennDOT
Cumberland County
Dauphin County
Perry County
City of Harrisburg
Capital Area Transit
2
2
2
2
2
1
PennDOT
Cumberland County
Dauphin County
Perry County
City of Harrisburg
Capital Area Transit
2
2
2
2
2
1

*The HATS Coordinating Committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the York Area MPO (YAMPO) on June 27, 2003, which established that the planning and programming activities for the Harrisburg Urbanized Area within York County are now the responsibility of YAMPO. HATS signed a similar agreement with Lebanon County MPO (LebCo) on April 24, 2009.

The HATS Technical Committee includes ex-officio/non-voting members for major transportation providers in the region: Amtrak, Norfolk Southern Railroad, the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA), Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC).  The York Area MPO (YAMPO) and Lebanon County MPO (LEBCO) were approved as ex-officio members of the Technical Committee on June 25, 2010.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) are ex-officio members of both the Technical Committee and Coordinating Committee as well.  This allows HATS to incorporate the expertise availed by these providers and agencies in its multi-modal decisions.




HATS Coordinating Committee

Organization Member Alternate
Chairman
Vice-Chairman
Secretary
Commissioner Jeff Haste
Commissioner Stephen Naylor
Secretary Jackie Parker
Cumberland Co. Commissioner Jim Hertzler
Robert Gill
Commissioner Gary Eichelberger
Mike Gossert
Dauphin Co. CommissionerJeff Haste
Skip Memmi
Scott Burford
Vacant
Perry Co. Commissioner Stephen Naylor
James Turner
Commissioner Brenda K. Benner
Robert Shaffer, Sr.
Harrisburg City Dave Butcher
Jackie Parker
Geoffrey Knight, AICP, ASFPM
Wayne Martin
CAT Eric Bugaile Bill Jones
PennDOT Jim Ritzman
Mike Keiser
James Arey
Vacant
Ex-officio Members Tim Lidiak — FTA
Lori Pagnanelli — FAA
Chris Trostle — DEP
Sean Sanderson — PA DCED
Dan Walston — FHWA



HATS Technical Committee

Organization Member Alternate
Chairman
Vice-Chairman
Secretary
Timothy Reardon, AICP
Vacant
Andrew Bomberger (non-voting)
Cumberland Co. Jody Harpster
Kirk Stoner, AICP
Dan Flint
Jeff Kelly
Dauphin Co. Skip Memmi
James Szymborski
George Connor
Timothy Reardon, AICP
Perry Co. James Turner
Commissioner Steve Naylor
Robert Shaffer, Sr.
Gary Stouffer
Harrisburg City Wayne Martin
Dave Butcher
Geoffrey Knight, AICP, ASFPM
Jackie Parker
CAT Bill Jones Tom Young
PennDOT Larry Shifflet
Tony Berger
Adam Grimes
Vacant
Ex-officio Members Holly Gattone/Brad Webber — Amtrak
Rudy Husband — Norfolk Southern
Dave Spaulding — SARAA
Lebanon County MPO
Tim Lidiak — FTA
Lori Pagnanelli — FAA
Chris Trostle — DEP
Sean Sanderson — PA DCED
Dan Walston — FHWA