Philadelphia has been identified as one of the 15 metropolitan regions leading the nation in transportation innovation in a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council's Smarter Cities project.
Philadelphia was selected as one of seven large (>1 million people) metropolitan regions to be profiled in the Smarter Cities transportation study. Selection was based on critical indicators such as vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per household, public transit access, use and affordability, as well as implementation of sustainable transit programs.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Bicycle Coalition were cited by the NRDC for identifying target areas that could make getting across town on two wheels or by foot much easier. This work helped Philadelphia (along with Camden) secure millions of dollars for trail construction through the highly competitive (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program