Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Pennsylvania "Smart Transportation" Funding Available

Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation (PenDOT) has announced that it is making $24 million available for 2011 and 2012 for "projects that exhibit Smart Transportation principles."  This program, called Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative (PCTI), is providing up to $1.5 million for pre-construction and construction projects, planning proposals may receive up to $200,000.  Projects will be selected on the degree to which the project supports Smart Transportation principles and the ability to implement local land use actions in support of the transportation investments within the first two years of the Transportation Improvement Program.

The online application must be submitted by September 15, 2010.  The program guide is here.   Boroughs, towns, counties, education institutions, transportation management agencies, and transit agencies are eligible to apply.

The first round of PCTI, announced in May 2009, released $59.2 Million for 50 community-led planning and construction projects. These projects were selected from an overwhelming response of over 400 applications requesting more than $600 million in funding.   The Greater Philadelphia region received  $14.2 million in the first round for the following projects. 

Bucks County
  • Newtown Borough received $30,000 to create and implement design standards that encourage new developments to incorporate features to make walking and bicycling more viable modes of transportation.
  • Chalfont Borough received $463,405 to install pedestrian safety improvements with connections to an elementary and middle school, the community and transit.

    Chester County
  • New Garden Township received $200,000 to study the Baltimore Pike and Newark Road corridors to develop a sound traffic improvement and access management plan in preparation for future development pressures along the corridor.
  • Borough of South Coatesville received $50,000 to study the feasibility of a multi-use trail along Brandywine Creek, First Avenue and Modena Road.
  • West Bradford Township received $2,000,000 to install pedestrian and roadside improvements to create a walkable, mixed-use community corridor.

    Delaware County
  • Borough of Millbourne received $35,000 to plan for multi-modal transportation improvements near the Millbourne train station.

    Montgomery County
  • Abington Township received $275,000 to plan for transit-oriented development at the Noble Train station.
  • Lower Merion Township received $350,000 to construct bicycle and pedestrian improvements from Cynwyd station to the Cynwyd trail.

  • Borough of Lansdale received $3,500,000 to improve traffic circulation within the Borough by rehabilitating segments of Wood and Vine Streets.

  • Cheltenham Township received $1,400,000 to construct traffic calming and pedestrian improvements to provide intermodal connectivity in a high density area.

    Chester and Montgomery Counties
  • Montgomery County received $1,775,000 to reduce the width of Hanover Street vehicle lanes in order to have room to install bike lanes, parking, and a multi-use trail from River Road to High Street

    Philadelphia County
    • City of Philadelphia received $2,480,000 to reconstruct sidewalks and provide pedestrian enhancements and lighting along 10th and Berks Streets past the Temple Regional Rail station to the corner of Germantown Avenue.
    • City of Philadelphia received $1,735,422 to improve pedestrian safety and provide traffic calming in the Chinatown neighborhood along and around Vine Street between 9th and 11th Streets.