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The Bicycle Coalition and our Circuit Trails partners are excited to announce DVRPC’S approval of the Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) area grants for the 2021 fiscal year. TCDI is a grant opportunity that supports joining land use and transportation planning to improve neighborhood quality of life, enhance existing infrastructure, and promote multi-modal transportation, environmental protection and capacity building in our region.

Here is a list of notable Circuit Trail projects receiving TCDI funding:

Chester County
Charlestown Township will be awarded $64,000 for the Devault Trail Activation Feasibility plan. This plan will examine the feasibility of using a six-mile, dormant freight-rail line to create multi-modal connections between the Borough of Phoenixville, nearby office parks, and corporate employment centers in Great Valley.

Montgomery County
Upper Gwynedd Township will be awarded $113,000 for Advancing the Liberty Bell Trail. A feasibility study that will update a current trail plan for an 11-mile section of the Liberty Bell Trail corridor will be completed in collaboration with seven nearby municipalities. Municipalities include the North Wales Borough, Lansdale Borough, Hatfield Township, Hatfield Borough, Franconia Township, Souderton Borough and Telford Borough.

The Montgomery County Planning Commission will be awarded $90,000 for the Cross County Trail Feasibility plan. TCDI funds will be used to plan for gaps in the county trail network with a focus on a missing 6-mile long stretch in eastern Montgomery County.

Green Lane Borough will be awarded $36,000 for Addressing Active Transportation and Trail-End Revitalization. This plan will address safety and access deficiencies to provide recommendations that will improve the quality of life for residents and connect visitors along the trail network to the downtown.

Philadelphia County
The office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability will be awarded $60,000 for Philadelphia Trail and Side Path Maintenance. This plan is the next step in addressing a critical gap in advancing the City’s goal of creating a high-quality network of trails and side paths.

Gloucester County (NJ)
Elk Township will be awarded $77,000 for Assessing Alternative Transportation. This multi-municipal study will assess current and desired uses on existing infrastructure to support improvements for cycling, walking, jogging, and running on township shared use paths.

Here is a list of notable TCDI awards that also consider Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety:

Bucks County
The Bucks County Planning Commission will be awarded $80,000 for the Bucks County Pedestrian Safety Enhancements study. This study will examine pedestrian enhancements at five locations in Bucks County that present with high rates of pedestrian fatalities and vehicular conflicts: Route 13/Levittown Parkway, Street Road Corridor, Knights Road to Hulmeville Road, Newtown Road to York Road, and Buck Road to Pennsylvania Boulevard.

Delaware County
Eddystone Borough will be awarded $48,000 for the Route 291 Corridor Improvements. TCDI funds will be used to evaluate traffic conditions to recommend enhanced rail, bus, and vehicular connections as well as zoning and land development ordinance revisions to ensure minimal community impact for future industrial development.

The Lansdowne Borough will be awarded $85,000 for the Eastern Delco Bikeway Prioritization. The communities of Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Yeadon, and Upper Darby will conduct a feasibility study that builds on the work of DVRPC’s Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress report to better define a sub-regional bicycle network with implementation priorities and bicycle ridership strategies.

Montgomery County
Whitemarsh Township will be awarded $80,000 to study Multi-Modal Connections between Washington Street and Spring Mill Station. This study will assess a regionally-important junction of pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle, and commuter-train transportation options at the junction of the Spring Mill area.

Philadelphia County
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission will be awarded $100,000 for the Imagine Philadelphia Part 2 project. It aims to inform the next comprehensive planning effort by examining planning trends such as pedestrian safety, education, economic and climate resilience, complete streets, vacancy reduction, and public health (post COVID) issues.

Gloucester County (NJ)
The City of Woodbury will be awarded $74,000 to study the Red Bank Station/Ped Shed Improvements. The study will examine various bicycle and pedestrian improvements, economic incentives, and zoning changes that may provide a safer environment near the Red Bank station.

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