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PennDOT Projects Provide Statewide Transportation Alternatives

Thu January 12, 2017 - Northeast Edition
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Neshaminy Greenway Trail (NGT) will be an ADA compliant shared use path, and will complete a missing link in the NGT, providing a connection to the 202 Parkway Trail. Image from
Neshaminy Greenway Trail (NGT) will be an ADA compliant shared use path, and will complete a missing link in the NGT, providing a connection to the 202 Parkway Trail. Image from

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today announced fifty-one projects to improve transportation alternatives are in line for $33 million in federal funds.

“These projects are important initiatives that enhance communities across Pennsylvania to create stronger economies and better infrastructure,” Governor Wolf said. “Making these improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails that serve a transportation purpose, and promote safety and mobility.”

A full list of projects projects supported by today's announcement is below. Some examples include:

Sidewalk improvements in Somerset Borough's historic “Uptown District”;

Creation of a pedestrian and bicycle trail under Route 263 in Warwick Township, Bucks County;

Improvements for pedestrians and transit riders along Beaver Drive in DuBois, Clearfield County;

Pedestrian improvements at Keystone College in Lackawanna County and Wilkes University in Luzerne County; and

Enhancements to the City of Chester's Central Business District in Delaware County;

“Supporting transportation alternatives in our communities is vital to a transportation system that works for all Pennsylvanians,” Richards said. “These investments complement our state multimodal funding to ensure we're making connections that improve citizens' quality of life no matter how they travel.”

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, the 2012 federal transportation authorization act known as MAP-21, introduced fundamental changes to the administration of local programs, including those that had existed as separate programs in SAFETEA-LU, the previous authorization act. Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are now consolidated into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.

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