Pennsylvania to Receive $7.6 Million for Alternative Transportation Projects

Posted By Piscitello Law || 8-Jun-2016

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission will bestow $7.6 million to Southeastern Pennsylvania via the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for 11 new construction passages. Among the proposed projects are a number of improvements to the ambitious Philadelphia Circuit Trail construction, along with other safety and awareness efforts.

Much of the money will go to The Circuit Trails, which, when completed, will connect a massive network of bicycling and pedestrian trails throughout greater Philadelphia. The proposed projects include:

  • Cross Country Trail construction in Fort Washington
  • 24-hour lighting for the Manayunk Bridge
  • Neshaminy Greenway Trail construction (in New Britain, Doylestown, and Chalfont)
  • Extension of the Power Line Trail in Montgomeryville (to better connect with Route 202 Trail)

"These eleven projects will enable communities to build multi-use trails, safe routes to school and pedestrian pathways, and bike lanes and bikeway projects, providing transportation options for a wide variety of users throughout our region," said DVRPC Executive Director Barry Seymour in a press release. "This is one more step in our ongoing efforts to implement The Circuit, the region’s ambitious plan for a 750-mile network of connected trails."

Safety & Awareness

Beyond the TAP construction projects, the DVRPC grant will also benefit bicycle safety and awareness projects. $300K will go to Safe Spaces for Cyclists: Building a Protected Bicycle Network, an initiative aimed at bringing better signage, pavement markings, and flexible delineator posts throughout Philadelphia.

Funding will also be provided to Safe Routes Philly, a program of the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition aimed at bringing alternative, healthy forms of transportation awareness to the city's elementary schools. The money will be used to further this education and outreach and to fund street and sidewalk improvements.

For more on The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's announcement, visit their press release here. For more on Safe Routes Philly and their mission to promote alternative transportation with Philadelphia's youth, visit their site here.

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