(Philadelphia, PA) - The Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has approved $600,000 toward six projects in New Jersey through the Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) grant program.
Created by DVRPC, TCDI grants utilize federal transportation funds to support planning initiatives that further our region’s progress toward DVRPC’s vision for an equitable, resilient, and sustainable region. Since its beginning in 2002, the TCDI program has awarded over 300 grants, invested over $22 million dollars, and leveraged over $250 million dollars to municipal and county partners.
“The TCDI program furthers local efforts to improve the quality of life for communities,” said Ariella Maron, Executive Director, DVRPC. “This year’s projects seek to expand access to existing public transit, business centers, and recreational areas; make streets safer for all users, including pedestrians and cyclists; contribute to healthier neighborhoods by encouraging active transportation and decreasing congestion; and help to reduce our region’s carbon footprint.”
The selected projects are:
- Circulation Plan sponsored by Beverly City ($75,000) – The City will undergo a planning effort to address pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular accessibility, as well as connections to public transit (e.g. NJ Transit’s River LINE), in alignment with Complete Streets and Green Streets principles.
- Burlink B5 Alternatives Analysis sponsored by Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association (CCCTMA) ($100,000) – The analysis will identify limitations, inefficiencies, and quality of service issues experienced by CCCTMA users. It will also include a review of workforce trends to understand how those trends may impact future ridership.
- Southern Regional Trails Feasibility Study ($100,000) – Burlington County will conduct a feasibility study to expand the Circuit Trail network from the Rancocas Creek Greenway Trail through multiple municipalities in Burlington County, including Maple Shade Township, Moorestown Township, Mount Laurel Township, Evesham Township, Medford Township, Shamong Township, and Tabernacle Township. The study will also assess potential links to Camden County.
- Pennsauken Transit Center TOD Study sponsored by NJ Transit ($100,000) – This study will identify the potential for transit-oriented development at the Pennsauken Transit Center, an integral regional intermodal transit facility connecting the NJT Atlantic City Rail Line, River LINE, and bus service.
- Bicycle Facility Plan sponsored by Deptford Township ($50,000) – The Township will develop a bicycle network for commuting and recreation purposes that connects trip generators throughout the Township such as retail centers, schools, educational institutions, and recreational areas.
- Johnson Trolley Trail Corridor Study sponsored by Mercer County ($175,000) –Mercer County will develop an alignment for the Johnson Trolley Trail, an identified component of the Circuit Trails network, that provides enhanced connections from the City of Trenton through Ewing and Lawrence Townships and the Municipality of Princeton.
About the Transportation and Community Development Initiative
Initiated in 2002, TCDI is a competitive grant opportunity that provides funds to local planning initiatives that further progress towards the region’s long-range plan, Connections 2050: Plan for Greater Philadelphia. TCDI focuses on linking land use, transportation, and economic development by improving community quality of life; enhancing the existing transportation infrastructure access; promoting and encouraging the use of transit, bike, and pedestrian transportation modes; building municipal capacity; and protecting our environment. To date, the TCDI program has invested over $22 million dollars and leveraged over $250 million dollars to municipal and county partners.
DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the bi-state, nine-county Greater Philadelphia region. It includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.
The Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan vision is an equitable, resilient, and sustainable Greater Philadelphia Region that: preserves and restores the natural environment; develops inclusive, healthy, and walkable communities; grows an innovative and connected economy with broadly shared prosperity; and maintains a safe, multimodal transportation network that serves everyone.
Learn more at www.dvrpc.org