Thanks for speaking up! In June, we asked Circuit supporters to submit comment to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Board. The response was terrific! The Board received 218 comments in support of Circuit projects and more funding for the Circuit in future years. On July 24th, the DVRPC Board adopted the $10.5 Billion 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania.
The final draft of the TIP now explicitly commits $1 Million in federal funds in FY18 for Circuit projects during the next selection round of projects for the Transportation Alternatives Program. While this is a good first step, the Circuit needs more funding in order to be built out by 2040.
More importantly, the TIP states that a PA Circuit Working Group has now been created "to better understand the relative status of all projects in the Circuit trail universe, set priorities, and be prepared to take advantage of funding opportunities when they arise." This group will "develop a collective understanding of which Circuit trail projects are ready for construction, the level of resources needed to complete those projects and potential sources of funding." This new commitment by DVRPC to proactively and strategically consider how to advance Circuit projects is an important step in the right direction.
A pdf of the TIP is here
A searchable map of the TIP projects is here.
Public comments and responses are not yet available, but are expected to be posted on the DVRPC website.