Malvern, PA—PennDOT announced yesterday that eighty six projects in 35 counties will improve safety and mobility with $84 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund investments from ACT 89. Three of those projects are slated to occur in Chester County.
The grants were made possible by Act 89, which increased transportation funding in Pennsylvania last November and established dedicated multimodal funding for aviation, passenger rail, rail freight, port, and bicycle-pedestrian projects. In addition to the 86 multimodal projects announced, PennDOT is investing $7.2 million in Act 89 transit funding for five transit projects that applied for multimodal funding.
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said, “All types of transportation drive our economy and Act 89 gave us the tools to ensure our non-highway modes receive the funding they need to maintain a connected transportation system. These are vital investments that underscore Governor Corbett’s dedication to improving transportation in communities across the state.”
In Chester County, three projects out of the 86 were chosen. In New Garden Township, $979,431 is promised for site preparation including drainage, taxiway paving, stormwater management, and the construction of seven individual t-hangars and two box hangars for the New Garden Airfield. The Borough of Malvern has $160,000 dedicated to provide transit pedestrian access routes for riders of the SEPTA Regional Rail Station located in the center of the Borough. Finally Urban Outfitters, Inc. in Easttown Township received $1.5 million to install left-turn lanes, add crosswalks and sidewalks, optimize signal timing, add ADA facilities, install new lighting, enhance stormwater controls, add bicycle accomodations, and coordinate parking with SEPTA at the proposed Lifestyle Center development along Route 30 in Devon.
The Transportation Management Association of Chester County is grateful for the efforts of the municipalities for applying for these grants. “The application process to receive funds from the Multimodal Transportation Fund was long and difficult. We applaud the businesses and municipalities that invested their time to increase the safety and mobility in Chester County,” Executive Director, P. Timothy Phelps, stated.
TMACC, last May, hosted a forum on the Multimodal Transportation Fund at Drexel Lebow in order to increase awareness of the Fund and help municipalities and business owners understand the process of applying. Phelps went on to say, “There were a lot of questions surrounding the application process. We were pleased to see so many saw the need for transportation improvements, and made the effort to apply. These improvements in Chester County are proof of the impact Act 89 has made for our state.”
For more information about the program, visit www.dot.state.pa.us and click on Multimodal Transporation.