Regional Trails Program

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DVRPC's Regional Trails Program provides planning assistance and financial support to trail developers, counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations to complete the Circuit, Greater Philadelphia's 800-plus-mile network of multi-use trails. With financial support from the William Penn Foundation, the Regional Trails Program has provided $20 million in funding to over 110 trail planning, design, and construction projects to date.

Funding Currently Available from the Regional Trails Program

Up to $2.5 million in funding is currently available for all phases of trail development through the DVRPC administered, William Penn Foundation-supported Regional Trails Program. DVRPC has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) [0.2 MB pdf] that details all eligibility criteria and requirements for obtaining funding. Applications are due by Friday, November 13, 2020.

The Circuit Trails

In December 2017, DVRPC and the William Penn Foundation announced a renewed commitment to invest an additional $6.6 million in the Circuit. These funds will be used for targeted investment in multi-use trail planning, design, and construction across Greater Philadelphia.

The Circuit Trails mapThe Circuit Trails Webmap

The Circuit Trail system takes advantage of the many opportunities to build and connect trails across the region that is a product of the area's success in re-purposing unused rail corridors and developing linear parks along the region's waterways. Indeed, one of the major goals of the Circuit is to provide access to the region's rivers, creeks and streams. Just as importantly, the Circuit will serve as the backbone for a network of "bicycling highways" that will allow safe and efficient travel by bicycle between homes, businesses, parks, schools and institutions free from motorized traffic.

DVRPC's efforts to build, improve and expand the Circuit would not be possible without the work of our local government partners, state and federal funding sources, and the efforts of countless non-profit groups.

Regional Trails Program - 2011 to Date

Click on any of the green line segments to see details about that trail.

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