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Philadelphia Area Pedestrian & Bicycle Network Given $23 Million

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Project Description:The overall project will repair, reconstruct and improve 16.3 miles of pedestrian and bicycle facilities that will complete a 128-mile regional network in six counties


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around Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The Philadelphia Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Network will be located in Philadelphia, PA & Camden, NJ. The total cost for the project is estimated at $54,800,000 with funding at $23,000,000 coming from the TIGER fund.

Projects Highlights Include:

 

  • Supports an integrated 128-mile bicycle and pedestrian regional network

 

  • Provides improved commuting options and significant livability benefits

 

  • Enhances access to green space and alternative modes of transportation that offer public health benefits

 

  • Fosters sustainability by reducing auto travel and C02emissions

 

  • Camden and Philadelphia are economically distressed areas


Project Description:
The overall project will repair, reconstruct and improve 16.3 miles of pedestrian and bicycle facilities that will complete a 128-mile regional network in six counties around Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. TIGER funds will be used to improve the primary commuter routes closest to downtown, in some of the communities hardest hit by the current economic downturn including Southwest Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. Non-motorized commuting options will connect residents in these areas to more prosperous communities that provide employment opportunities, including Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ.


Project Benefits:


Investing in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure is a cost-effective strategy for reducing traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and dependence on oil while also providing public health, safety and air quality benefits. The project will connect urban, suburban and exurban communities, improving livability by providing biking and walking travel options. It will connect residential and employment centers and reduce auto travel and emission.

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