DRAFT Connections 2050 Plan

Major Regional Projects

The Connections 2050 Plan conducts a robust needs assessment for maintaining all existing road, bridge, and transit infrastructure. It also includes desired transportation investments to improve operational efficiency of existing facilities, and to expand roadway, transit, and bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The sum of all these needs is also known as the region's Vision Plan.

Federal requirements mandate that the Long-Range Plan be fiscally constrained and only include projects that can be funded with reasonably anticipated revenue sources. Due to the gap between future needs and anticipated funding, not all identified projects in the Vision Plan are able to be included in the fiscally constrained financial plan. The financial plan allocates revenue to different categories, and there are separate budgets for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey portions of the DVRPC region. These categories serve as placeholders for funding projects over the life of the Plan.

Funding Allocation to Project Categories

This table shows how revenue is allocated to different roadway and transit project categories.
Revenues in billions of Y-O-E $. Figures may not add up due to rounding. | Source: DVRPC, 2021.


Project Category
Pennsylvania New Jersey
Target Allocation Allocated Revenue Target Allocation Allocated Revenue

System Preservation
- Pavement Preservation
- Bridge Preservation


$ 5.1 B
$ 12.9 B


$ 4.5 B
$ 5.5 B
Operational Improvements 11.0% $ 2.6 B 19.0% $ 2.7 B
Bicycle and Pedestrian 4.0% $ 0.9 B 5.0% $ 0.7 B
System Expansion 4.0% $ 0.9 B 4.0% $ 0.6 B
Other 4.5% $ 1.1 B 2.1% $ 0.3 B
Roadway Subtotal 100% $ 23.5 B 100% $ 14.3 B
Transit System Preservation
- Rail Infrastructure
- Vehicles
- Station Enhancements


$ 2.0 B
$ 12.0 B
$ 0.5 B


$ 0.5 B
$ 2.8 B
$ 0.5 B
Operational Improvements 1.7% $ 0.6 B 4.0% $ 0.2 B
System Expansion 12.9% $ 2.1 B 1.0% $ 0.0 B
Other 18.5% $ 5.2 B 21.8% $ 1.1 B
Transit Subtotal 100% $ 24.4 B 100% $ 5.2 B
Region Total 100% $ 47.8 B 100% $ 19.5 B

Major Regional Projects

Major Regional Projects are large-scale projects that will have a significant impact on regional travel. Almost all system expansion projects are Major Regional Projects, as are reconstruction projects on the region’s highways. Major Operational Improvement initiatives, such as SEPTA’s Trolley modernization project, are also listed in the Plan. For the sake of brevity, smaller-scale projects that were identified in the needs assessment are not listed in the Plan document. Instead, the various funding categories in the Plan serve as placeholders for their funding, and they may be explicitly listed in future iterations of the TIP.

Public Comment Period

A public comment period is being held from July 28, 2021 to August 30, 2021 to accept input on the draft Plan. The Plan document can be found at www.dvprc.org/2050.

Physical copies of the Connections 2050 are available at various regional libraries. The comment period will be advertised by legal notices in area newspapers, on the DVRPC web page, and via email to over 11,000 recipients on DVRPC’s distribution list. As part of the comment period, two public information sessions will be held on August 11 from 2 to 3 pm and August 18 from 7 to 8 pm via webinar. Comments may be submitted:

- During the August 11 or 18 meetings.

- Online at the DVRPC 2050 Plan web page.

- By Email at lrp@dvrpc.org

- By Mail: Public Comments
c/o DVRPC Office of Communications and Engagement
190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520

Questions and comments must be submitted in writing. If you need assistance in providing a written comment, please contact the DVRPC Office of Communications and Engagement at 215-238-2929 or public_affairs@dvrpc.org.

DVRPC must receive comments for the Connections 2050 Plan by 5:00 PM (local time) on August 30, 2021. Comments received via mail must be postmarked by August 30, 2021. Responses will not be provided unless comments are submitted in writing during the public comment period. Submitted comments will be present to the DVRPC Board, and all comments and responses will be available at www.dvrpc.org/longrangeplan.

For more information about Connections 2050 and DVRPC's LRP please contact:

Brett Fusco
Manager, Office of Long-Range Planning
Phone: 215-238-2937

Jaclyn Davis
Assistant Manager, Office of Long-Range Planning
Phone: 215-238-2818

Major Regional Projects

This table shows how revenue is allocated to different funding categories for both roadway and transit projects.
Illustrative classification represents preservation projects that need to occur over the next 25 years, but have not yet moved into the TIP.