Lancaster Train Station Small Area Plan

The Lancaster Train Station Small Area Plan is a planning and placemaking strategy facilitated by the Lancaster County Planning Department. Working with the City of Lancaster, Manheim Township, and a host of other public, private, and non-profit entities, the plan includes a vision for the neighborhoods surrounding the train station and identifies ways in which the stakeholders can work together to encourage sustainable economic development along with safe and accessible transportation options.

Train station planPlan Purpose

The Lancaster Amtrak station is the second busiest Amtrak station in Pennsylvania and 21st busiest in the United States. Yet, there is untapped potential in the neighborhoods surrounding the train station. 

Since the early 20th century, the land surrounding the train station hasn’t been used in a way that takes advantage of passenger rail service. In addition, the area's large, highway-sized signs and lighting, high traffic volume and high-speed streets, and limited crosswalks, sidewalks, and trees, are unfriendly to cyclists and pedestrians. 

With the construction of a large surface parking lot off Keller Avenue by PennDOT and the forthcoming pedestrian bridge across the tracks to connect to it, there’s a renewed sense of urgency to put the tools in place to redevelop the area as a gateway community with a combination of mixed land uses, high density housing, and bike and pedestrian friendly accommodations.

Plan Vision

“The Lancaster Train Station Area will be a cohesive and well-designed urban gateway neighborhood, safely connecting all transportation modes and attractive to a diverse mix of residents, housing and businesses that is compatible with and supportive of increased transit ridership.”

Learn More!

The Lancaster Train Station Small Area Plan is finalized and now available for public review! Click on the link below to see the full document or use the links to the specific site design concepts and renderings in the plan.

Questions? Contact:

Michael A. Domin, AICP
Principal Planner
Land Use and Transportation Team
Lancaster County Planning Department
150 N. Queen Street, Suite 320
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 299-8333