Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Thursday, March 24, 2016)

DVRPC Awards $7.6 million to 11 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Projects

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has awarded $7.6 million to eleven local projects in Southeastern Pennsylvania through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The federal program funds community-based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal transportation system. Selected projects include trail, sidewalk, transit stop, and on-road bicycle improvements.

“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 Barry Seymour, DVRPC Executive Director. “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.”

The projects and awarded funding are listed below.

BUCKS COUNTY

Neshaminy Greenway Trail (Bristol to Upper State) ($1,225,000) –
Construction of a sidepath and off-road facility beginning at Lenape Lane in Chalfont Borough, continuing through New Britain Township, along the Neshaminy Creek, and connecting to the Neshaminy Greenway Trail at Upper State Road in Doylestown Township.

CHESTER COUNTY

Paoli Pike Trail, Segment C ($1,000,000) –
Construction of a sidepath on the north side of Paoli Pike (SR 2014) between Reservoir Road and Boot Road (SR 2020). Segment C is one section of the overall Paoli Pike Trail network in East Goshen Township.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Moore Road Sidewalk Project ($825,000) –
Construction of a sidewalk on Moore Road from Brookhaven Road (SR 3003) to Media Parkway. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project will connect to existing sidewalk in front of Nether Providence Elementary School.

Springfield Township Sidewalk Improvements ($280,000) – Construction of sidewalk improvements along Sproul Road (SR 0320), connecting Springfield Mall Trolley Station to County Club Drive (Health Campus).

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Fort Washington Office Park, Cross County Trail Final Segment ($750,000) –
Construction of a sidepath along the north side of Virginia Drive, within the Fort Washington Office Park, from the western access driveway of 1100 Virginia Drive to the bike lanes on Susquehanna Road.

Powerline Trail Connection - Phase 1 ($850,000) – An off-road, multi-use trail facility which will connect the existing 202 Parkway Trail, to the Stump Road and Horsham Road intersection.

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY

Chelten-Greene Plaza Reconstruction ($370,000) –
A plaza reconstruction project on the northeastern corner of the Chelten Avenue and Greene Street intersection. The plaza, adjacent to a Charter school and public library, will improve and connect a busy bus stop to Vernon Park.

City of Philadelphia Safe Routes to School ($450,000) – This non-infrastructure project will plan, implement, and evaluate activities to encourage walking and biking to school. The program plans to include bicycle and pedestrian safety lessons, encouragement activities, traffic education, enforcement near high accident schools, a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) manager, and outreach to K-8 schools.

Make Way for Children, Expanding Pedestrian Infrastructure to Philadelphia Schools ($950,000) – Sidewalk and intersection improvements along designated walking routes to two elementary schools located in areas with a high number of child pedestrian-involved crashes.

Manayunk Bridge Trail Site Amenities ($600,000) – Lighting and other site amenities will be installed on the recently opened Manayunk Bridge Trail.

Safe Spaces for Cyclists: Building a Protected Bicycle Network ($300,000) – On-road improvements, including flexible delineator posts, signage, and pavement markings, for cyclists at designated locations throughout the City of Philadelphia.

For more information, please contact Joe Banks at jbanks@dvrpc.org, 215-238-2898 or visit www.dvrpc.org/TAP/.

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.