Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Thursday, March 28, 2019)

DVRPC Approves $3.67 Million for 22 Trail Projects

(Philadelphia, PA) -- On March 28, the Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) approved $3.67 million in grants for 22 mutli-use trail projects throughout Greater Philadelphia.

Projects include design and construction, as well as feasibility studies, to complete gaps in and extend or connect to Circuit Trails. The projects will connect more people to jobs, shopping destinations, outdoor recreation, public transportation, and other neighborhoods.

“These trail projects continue our commitment to completing the vision of the Circuit, providing opportunities to travel throughout the region without a car which reduces congestion, improves air quality and contributes to a healthy lifestyle,” said Barry Seymour, DVRPC Executive Director.

Greater Philadelphia is building the Circuit Trails, an 800-plus mile network of multi-use trails spanning the metropolitan region. Currently, about 332 miles of this network are complete, 74 miles are in progress, and 408 miles are in some stage of planning.

For this round of funding, the following trail projects are receiving grants:

Berks County, PA:

  • Monocacy Trail Bridge (const.), Schuylkill River Greenway Association – $130,500

Bucks County, PA:

  • Bensalem Greenway Segment 6, 10, & 11 (const.), Bensalem Twp. – $350,000
  • Central Park to Route 313 Feasibility Study (planning), Doylestown Township – $30,000
  • Route 202 Parkway to Bradford Dam Connector Trail (const.), Warrington Township – $491,100

Chester County, PA:

  • Bryn Erin to CVT Connector (const.), East Whiteland Township – $120,000
  • CVT Route 100 Crossing Improvements (const.), Chester County – $150,000
  • Plum Run Greenway Trail Phase 1 (design), East Bradford Twp. – $115,000
  • Southern Chester County Circuit Trail Feasibility Study (planning), Chester County Planning Commission – $48,000

Delaware County, PA:

  • Darby Creek Trail – Swedish Cabin to Rosemont Ave (design), Upper Darby Township – $77,000

Montgomery County, PA:

  • Dreshertown Road Cross County Trail (design), Upper Dublin Twp. – $250,000
  • PECO Miracle-Nature Trail (planning), Whitemarsh Township – $40,000
  • Schuylkill River Trail – Lower Pottsgrove (const.), Montgomery County Planning Commission, – $353,700
  • Shirk-Hutt & Buckman Trail (const.), Upper Salford Township – $175,000
  • Tookany Creek Trail Feasibility Study (planning), Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership – $60,000

Philadelphia, PA:

  • Cobbs Creek Connector Segment A (const.), Philadelphia Parks and Recreation – $250,000
  • Parkside Cynwyd Trail (design), Philadelphia Parks and Recreation – $165,000
  • Trolley Trail (const.), Fairmount Park Conservancy – $72,000

Burlington County, NJ:

  • Pemberton Rail Trail to Brendan Byrne State Forest (planning), Burlington County – $105,000
  • Rancocas Creek Greenway – Rowan Estate to Smithville Park (planning), Burlington County – $165,000

Mercer County, NJ:

  • D&R Canal Towpath Trail Rehabilitation in Trenton (const.), Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park – $27,000
  • Lawrence Hopewell Trail – Mt. Rose Distillery (const.), Hopewell Township – $363,200
  • Lawrence Hopewell Trail – Pretty Brook Road (design), Lawrence Township – $130,000

The grants are Phase VII of DVRPC’s Regional Trails Program. Funding was provided by the William Penn Foundation. To learn more about the Regional Trails Program, visit www.dvrpc.org/Trails/RegionalTrailsProgram.

DVRPC’s commitment to making trails happen is part of its vision for the Greater Philadelphia region’s transportation system -- one that is safe and modern and fosters greater opportunities for all. DVRPC helps to shepherd trails from idea to completion -- planning, prioritizing, funding, mapping, and monitoring progress. Learn more at www.dvrpc.org/trails.

About DVRPC

DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for a diverse nine-county region in two states: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey.

DVRPC's vision for the Greater Philadelphia Region is a prosperous, innovative, equitable, resilient, and sustainable region that increases mobility choices by investing in a safe and modern transportation system; that protects and preserves our natural resources while creating healthy communities; and that fosters greater opportunities for all.

DVRPC's mission is to achieve this vision by convening the widest array of partners to inform and facilitate data-driven decision-making. We are engaged across the region, and strive to be leaders and innovators, exploring new ideas and creating best practices.