Steam Pub on the Newtown Rail Trail (Under Construction)

Newtown Rail Trail under construction in Upper Southampton. Bucks County is requesting design funding for a 1.5 mile extension in Northampton Township.

On Tuesday, DVRPC’s Regional Technical Committee considered and advanced three Circuit Trails-relevant action items to the DVRPC Board that included 17 Circuit Trails Projects totaling more than 4 million dollars of funds for planning, design and construction. These will be considered for final approval on April 22, 2021.

The entire agenda for the meeting is here.

If you are interested you can sign up to attend the meeting on Zoom by selecting “Join Virtual Meeting”.

We are encouraging you to submit comments your support for the Action Items to help build 500 miles of Circuit Trails by 2025

Item 4.      Travel Options Program (TOP) Selections

  • Support for the Light Rail to Trails: Connecting the River Line & the Circuit. This will add signage and maps to get to Circuit Trails and if needed additional bike racks at RiverLINE Stations in New Jersey. This project is a joint effort between NJ TRANSIT and Circuit Trails Coalition member the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. $50,000
  • $1 million for the Cooper River Bike/Ped Bridge Project in the area of Admiral Wilson Blvd. and Flanders Blvd. (construction) in Camden County (Camden LINK Trail)
  • $440,000 for Edgewater Park Township’s Heritage Trail Shared-Use Path and On-Road Improvements (construction) in Burlington County (Delaware River Heritage Trail)

The above two Circuit-relevant NJ Transportation Alternative Set Aside projects were recommended for Board approval and will become final in May after each MPO has approved their projects in their respective service areas.


  • Rancocas Creek Greenway – Laurel Run (design), Sponsor: Burlington County – $225,000
  • Camden County Link Bike/Ped Bridge over NJ 130 (design), Sponsor: Camden County – $300,000
  • Cramer Hill Waterfront Park Trail Connector (acquisition and construction), Sponsor: Cooper’s Ferry Partnership – $128,334
  • Union Transportation Trail Extension (design), Sponsor: East Windsor Township – $227,888
  • Schuylkill River Trail – Birdsboro and Robeson Township (feasibility study), Sponsor: Schuylkill River Greenway National Heritage Area – $18,000
  • Bristol Greenway (feasibility study), Sponsor: Bristol Township – $50,000
  • Neshaminy Creek Greenway Trail (design and construction), Sponsor: New Britain Township – $140,000
  • Chester Valley Trail – Enola Low Grade Segment (design), Sponsor: Chester County – $240,000
  • Darby Creek Trail – Southern Extension 1 (construction), Sponsor: Haverford Township – $300,000
  • West 2nd Street – Chester Waterfront Trail (design), Sponsor: Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County – $255,645
  • Cross County Trail (feasibility study), Sponsor: Montgomery County – $120,000
  • Lower Schuylkill River Trail – Bartram’s to Passyunk Phase II (feasibility study), Sponsor: Schuylkill River Development Corporation – $100,000
  • Wissahickon Gateway Trail (design), Sponsor: City of Philadelphia – $300,000
  • Newtown Rail Trail – Bristol Road to the Churchville Nature Center (design), Sponsor: Bucks County – $238,800

The 14 projects above total $2,643,667.

If you are going to leave one comment then go with supporting the Newtown Rail Trail project. Opponents to the Newtown Rail Trail have submitted written and oral comments at the Regional Technical Committee Meeting. It is important that the voices of trail supporters are heard to ensure that this project moves forward.

If you love the Circuit Trails and want to continue the momentum for building this great trail network then sign up for being a Circuit Trails Citizen.


DVRPC Board Agenda
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