PHILADELPHIA PA – The City of Philadelphia projects that will improve mobility and enhance pedestrian, bicycle and motorist safety have received a total of $2.8 million in state Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) awards.
“We truly appreciate such generous state support for these vital initiatives,” said Mayor Kenney. “My goals of ensuring safer streets and healthy transportation options for all Philadelphians will be greatly enhanced by this funding.”
The awards – among more than 50 announced Tuesday by Governor Tom Wolf and Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards – go to four projects:
- Strategic Expansion for Indego Bike Share– $984,692 will provide 16 new stations in high-demand areas.
- Kensington & Tacony Trail– $1 million to construct a high-quality multi-use trail along the Delaware River between Magee Avenue and Princeton Avenue.
- Complete & Green Baltimore Ave– $600,000 to will improve safety and storm water retention at 53rd and Baltimore Ave.
- Safe Spaces for Cyclists– $250,000 to fund protected bicycle lanes at locations to be determined through engineering analysis with community input.
The City submitted applications in early 2016. PennDOT evaluated and selected projects for their benefits to the community, 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. The funding will be matched by $1.9 million in local contributions.
In all, $33 million in federal dollars were awarded to 51 different projects. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) administers the federally funded TAP program, which was created through MAP-21, the current federal transportation authorization act.
The awards add to the nearly $2.7 million committed to Philadelphia in the regional portion of the TAP grant for five projects, grants that were announced in March 2016 by DVRPC. Projects were eligible for selection in both a regional and statewide TAP selection process with several projects receiving some financial support in both rounds.