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Circuit County Workshops Scheduled for October

During the month of October, the Circuit Coalition, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will host workshops in Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.  The purpose of the workshops is to provide updates on Circuit Trail development in each County, discuss a range of current and on-going funding sources, and look at ways to further develop Circuit trails currently in the pipeline.  Each Circuit Trails Workshops will be held from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm on the designated day in each of the five counties.

These workshops will follow separate information sessions on the Transportation Alternatives Program (to be held from 2-3:30pm), which DVRPC and Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation will host to explain the upcoming competitive funding cycle for the TAP.

Registration for both the Circuit Trails Workshops and the TAP Information Sessions can be completed with the links below.  You can register for either the information session or the workshop or both.  There is no charge for either event.

If you have any questions pertaining to the Circuit Trails Workshop, please contact Sarah Clark Stuart at  or 215-242-9253, x306.

Tuesday, October 20th – Philadelphia County

DVRPC Main Conference Room

190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Thursday, October 22nd – Delaware County

Media Courthouse – DelCo Room

201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063

Monday, October 26th – Bucks County

Bucks County Planning Commission – 4th Floor Conference Room

1260 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Tuesday, October 27th – Chester County

Chester County Planning Commission – GSC Room 149

601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382

Wednesday, October 28th – Montgomery County

Montgomery County Planning Commission – Montgomery Room

One Montgomery Plaza Building Suite 202

425 Swede Street, Norristown, PA 19401 

Regional TAP funds three Circuit Trail Projects

On Thursday, June 26th, the board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Comission approved the awarding of federal "Transportation Alternatives Program" funding to three Circuit trail segments.  

Here are some more details about what the awards will do for the Circuit.

  1. Neshaminy Greenway (Bucks) ($800,000) -- This project begins at Lenape Lane in Chalfont Borough and continues through New Britain Township, along the Creekside Open Space and into New Britain Borough at the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve.  It then connects through the Goldeneye Open Space to the Nesahminy Greenway Trail (NGT) at the Upper State Road in Doylestown.  The section of the NGT to the east will be under construction in 2015. The section to the west is fully funded for design and construction and will also be under construction in 2015.  The trail will be an ADA compliant, 10' wide, paved shared use trail.
  2. Liberty Trail (Montgomery) ($635,000) -- This project will design and construct multiuse trail connections in the Landsdale Borough from the Madison Development to the Stoney Creek Park to help complete the Liberty Trail.  The proposed construction will extend the trail through Lansdale Borough to the neighboring municipalities of Hatfield Township and Upper Gwynedd Township.
  3. Solebury Route 202 Gateway (Bucks) ($980,859) -- The Bucks County Route 202 Cross County Trail begins in Solebury and the Township has completed Engineering and permits for 4 trail segments.  Two have been constructed between the D&L Trail and the intersection of Routes 202-179.  Developer fees will construct the segment from 202-179-Kitchens Lane to 202-Sugan Road.  This grant will buidl the structurally intensive Route 32 segment to creat a completly off-road trail between these destinations. The project includes a road diet, new off-road trail segment, a new pedestrian crossing, and interpretive signage.
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NJ DOT Announces New Round of Transportation Alternatives and Safe Routes to School Funds

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Programs.  The solicitation for these federally funded programs is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).
For more information about the SRTS grant, see the solicitation letter here

For more information about the TAP grant, see the solicitation letter here

NJDOT’s application guidance document for the SRTS program containing the necessary information for completing an application and answering questions regarding eligibility and program requirements can be viewed here.  The application guidance document for TAP can be viewed here
Applications for both SRTS and TAP are available through NJDOT’s online grant management system, SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically). The application deadline is May 15, 2014.
Visit NJDOT’s Local Aid and Economic Development website to learn more about both the SRTS and TAP grants.

Some key things to remember before applying - 

NJDOT has heard concerns about Technical Assistance and will be providing more technical support this year. Look for an upcoming webinar, local training/workshops and a tip sheet to improve you application. NJ Safe Routes to School already has developed a TIP sheet for SRTS

Program managers like to emphasize that both programs distribute funds for reimbursement.

DVRPC has control of about half of the TAP money allocated to the South Jersey counties in its jurisdiction and will be prioritizing these three categories:

  • Provisions of facilities for bicycles and pedestrians
  • Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails
  • Stormwater management projects