Accessing the Tidal Delaware: Pennsylvania

Accessing the Tidal Delaware: Pennsylvania

Product No.: 11043
Date Published: 05/2012

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The purpose of Accessing the Tidal Delaware: Pennsylvania is to further the revitalization of Pennsylvania’s tidal Delaware River waterfront communities by identifying multimodal transportation projects to improve access to the waterfront. Its intent is not to duplicate the endeavors of the numerous high quality waterfront plans that have come before. Rather, it seeks to raise awareness about the existing efforts in Philadelphia, Bucks, and Delaware counties. This study builds on the existing waterfront plans and activities by: identifying gaps in Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties where access to the waterfront has not been addressed and/or recommendations not determined; highlighting locations of recent transportation investment and grant program funding; and examining the specific multimodal transportation improvements still needed to realize the waterfront plans. The study examines what we mean by access, both public and private, formal and informal, and what some of the barriers to access are. It looks at the different users of the waterfront and some of their competing concerns. Threats to access, such as sea level rise, are also examined. Recent waterfront plans in the three counties are reviewed, along with their transportation recommendations. The report concludes with both broad and specific recommendations to improve access to the Delaware. Appendices include case studies of successful waterfronts, waterfront access maps, funding opportunities, and points of interest

Geographic Area Covered: Bucks County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County

Key Words: Delaware River, waterfront, riverfront, transportation, access, East Coast Greenway, transit, recreation, industry, tourism

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