Econsult Corporation, on behalf of Select Greater Philadelphia, prepared an economic analysis of the potential economic impacts of improving the US 422 corridor, which stretches between Norristown and Reading, and includes US 422 itself, and a freight rail that previously hosted passenger rail service. In recent years, US 422 has seen sustained congestion as a result of rapid population growth, commercial development, and the lack of transportation alternatives. In response, PennDOT and Montgomery, Chester and Berks Counties have developed plans to upgrade 422 and reintroduce rail service to the corridor. Econsult’s report focused on the benefits and costs of the potential improvements, specifically concerned with:
The analysis has been used to inform stakeholders in the 422 corridor as they investigate this proposed remedy for current congestion and investment for future mobility.