Yesterday, Philadelphia was awarded a $10 million TIGER grant with $3 million allocated to converting an abandoned swing rail bridge over the Schuylkill River into a new Circuit Trail. Once completed, the Swing Bridge Trail will connect the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail to the Bartram’s Mile Trail, which is currently under construction. This new Circuit Trail will close a critical gap in the Schuylkill River Trail’s (SRT) southward extension.
This exciting news comes following the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) submission of a proposal covering three projects. In addition to the swing bridge project, the other two projects receiving funding are Complete Street projects, including improvements to American Street in Kensington and West Westmoreland Street that will result in new sidewalks, bike lanes and building a landscaped median to help storm water management.
We cannot begin to calculate the benefits of the last TIGER grant in 2014 for the Schuylkill Boardwalk that transformed the SRT and the Circuit Trail, brought national attention to trail development in Philadelphia and provided an exciting new trail asset for the community!
TIGER is a critical competitive federal grant program that helped build the Connector Bridge, the Schuylkill Banks boarkwalk, the SRT segment in Shawmont, the Port Richmond Trail, the SRT at Bartrams Garden, Walnut Street Bridge, 58th Street Greenway, and bike lanes in Camden. Now, the House Republicans want to ban biking/walking and transit projects from being eligible from TIGER funding.
If it weren't for TIGER, the Circuit would be back in the dark ages.
Tell your Congressman what you think of this brilliant idea by sending a quick email via our friends at Rails to Trails Conservancy.
And click through the photos of the progress being made on the Boardwalk since last summer to appreciate the magnificence of TIGER!
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has posted a Notice of Funding Availability for the 2014 TIGER Grant program. Applications will be accepted through Grants.gov for a period beginning on April 3rd 2014 and ending on April 28, 2014.
More information about the 2014 TIGER Program is available at http://www.dot.gov/tiger/nofa
If your eligible organization has not previoiusly registered at Grants.gov before then you need to do so before you apply for TIGER. The registration process takes about 4-6 weeks so you should be start that process immediately. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html
Tomorrow, the Delaware River City Corporation and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 1.6 mile of the new Port Richmond Riverfront trail at Delaware and Allegheny Aves. This trail is part of the East Coast Greenway and was one of the 10 segments that received TIGER funding in 2010. Mayor Nutter and other dignataries will be in attendance.
Where: Pulaski Park, Delaware & Allegheny Avenues
When: October 29th at 2pm
There was a great turnout of elected officials at yesterday's ribbon cutting of the three new TIGER funded trails. Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Rob Andrews, State Senator Don Norcross, Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson, Mayor Dana Rudd, Freeholder Ian Leonard and several Camden councilpersons were all in attendance. Kids from CYCLE (Camden Youth Cycling Learning and Exercising) were also in attendance to demonstrate how much fun it is to ride on a safe street. The three projects were funded by a TIGER grant won by Camden County and the City of Philadelphia is 2010.
Tomorrow (August 29th) Camden County cuts the ribbon on three new bicycle and pedestrian street improvements near the City of Camden's waterfront. The trail projects, funded by a 2010 U.S. DOT TIGER grant that Camden County shared with the City of Philadelphia, are transforming parts of Downtown Camden, with the addition of bike lanes, new signage and lighting and extensive streetscape improvements. Together these streets help link Cooper River Park to the Ben Franklin Bridge (and thus trails in Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania) and are an important part of completing the Circuit.
The ribbon cutting will happen Thursday, August 29th at 1:00 pm at Pearl Street between 3rd and 5th Streets. A ceremonial bike ride by youth from CYCLE will precede remarks from dignitaries including US Senator Robert Menendez, Camden Mayor Dana L Redd, Congressman Rob Andrews, Senator Donald Norcross, Cooper's Ferry Partnership CEO Anthony Perno, and Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard.
You can find these three projects on our website:
Spring is here, let the trail events begin!
At long last, the first new section of Schuylkill River Trail to be built in several years will be dedicated on Thursday, March 28 at 10:30am. This new segment runs from Port Royal "Avenue" in the Roxborough section of Philadlephia to the intersection of Shawmont and Nixon Streets.
A full contingent of dignitaries are expected to attend. Mayor Michael Nutter, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis will all be there to cut the ribbon. The more bicyclists and trail users in attendance the better!
Besides building a new piece of trail along a PECO right-of-way behind Nixon Street, which gently slopes down to the intersection of Shawmont and Nixon Streets, this project included widening the paved section between the Montco line and Port Royal Avenue, plus making a much improved paved connection to the Manayunk Canal Towpath.
This project was funded in part by a 2010 $23 million TIGER grant that Philadelphia won along with the City of Camden to build ten trail segments in both cities.
|On Pearl St next to the Ben Franklin Bridge|
|MLK Blvd at Broadway|
|Port Richmond Trail Alignment at the Tioga Marine Terminal|