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Rendering of Christian to Crescent Connector looking south

Yesterday, Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey announced that the Trump Administration had approved a $12 Million TIGER grant for the Christian to Crescent Connector.

This bridge-like structure that will hug the eastern side of the Schuylkill River and connect the Schuylkill Banks trail that currently ends in the vicinity of Christian Street all the way to the Gray’s Ferry Crescent trail and park.

A hearty congrats to the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) and Schuylkill River Development Corporation for submitting a winning proposal!
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The Circuit blossomed out of the first TIGER grant the region received in 2010 to build the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, Connector Bridge and nine other trail projects in Philadelphia and Camden.  A second grant was received for the Gray’s Ferry Swing Bridge in 2015.

Closing this gap will make an incredible connection between Delaware County, SW Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden and Center City, Northwest Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

Creating a bicycle-pedestrian high quality trail between Bartram’s Garden, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Valley Forge will set Greater Philadelphia apart as having a world class green transportation and recreation network.  The goal of reaching 500 miles of Circuit Trails by 2025 just got one step closer.

 

Sarah Clark Stuart

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Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.

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