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Governor Wolf Announces PennDOT Projects In Bucks County To Improve Transportation Alternatives

PennDOT News | January 11th, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards recently announced fifty-one projects, including two in Bucks County, that will improve transportation alternatives.

“These projects are important initiatives that enhance communities across Pennsylvania to create stronger economies and better infrastructure,” Governor Wolf said. “Making these improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails that serve a transportation purpose, and promote safety and mobility.”

“Supporting transportation alternatives in our communities is vital to a transportation system that works for all Pennsylvanians,” Richards said. “These investments complement our state multimodal funding to ensure we’re making connections that improve citizens’ quality of life no matter how they travel.”

Details for the two projects in Bucks County:

  • Warwick Township – $500,000 to create a pedestrian/bicycle trail under Route 263 to allow visitors access to recreational and cultural amenities near Moland Park.
  • New Britain Township – $375,000 for construction of the Neshaminy Greenway Trail (NGT) from Lenape Lane to Upper State Road. The trail will be an ADA-compliant shared-use path, and will complete a missing link in the NGT, providing a connection to the 202 Parkway Trail.

A full list of projects supported by today’s announcement are available HERE.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, the 2012 federal transportation authorization act known as MAP-21, introduced fundamental changes to the administration of local programs, including those that had existed as separate programs in SAFETEA-LU, the previous authorization act. Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are now consolidated into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.