Two Circuit Trails Get Boost from Federal Funding
Authored By: The Circuit Trails | August 9, 2016
Last week, the City of Philadelphia received $7.3 million in federal funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. The funds were distributed by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to five projects that will improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. A new addition to the Circuit Trails was among those projects!
The Fox Chase Lorimer Trail, a half-mile, multi-use trail connecting the Fox Chase Regional Rail station and the 16-mile long Pennypack Trail, received $868,700 of the total funding.
This small, but mighty addition to the Circuit Trails is significant because it provides the Fox Chase neighborhood with better access to the amenities in Pennypack Park and will improve car-free commuting options.
[The Fox Chase Lorimer Trail’s future location].
Across the river in Burlington County, the Delaware River Heritage Trail received a $2.3 million federal grant from the Transportation Alternatives Program to build a new segment of the trail. The latest segment will run follow its namesake river through Fieldsboro and Mansfield, NJ, ultimately connecting with an existing rail trail in Florence, NJ.
[Once completed, the Delaware River Heritage Trail will connect 60 miles of trails along the Circuit].
When the Delaware River Heritage Trail is completed in its entirety, it will create a 60-mile loop along the river.
The developments of the Fox Chase Lorimer Trail and the new segment of the Delaware River Heritage Trail are major steps forward towards the continued expansion of the Circuit Trails. To keep up with trail news, follow the Circuit Trails on Facebook (@TheCircuitTrails), Twitter (@circuittrails) and Instagram (@thecircuittrails) and subscribe to the monthly newsletter.