Mont­core­ceives$1bil­lion

The Colonial - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Clark

dclark@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

The Delaware Val­ley Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion July 24 ap­proved up to $1.1 bil­lion in pro­posed trans­porta­tion projects for Mont­gomery County, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. The projects are part of the DVRPC’s four-year Trans­porta­tion Im­prove­ment Pro­gram and 12-year cap­i­tal pro­gram.

“To­day’s ac­tion her­alds one of the most am­bi­tious and ex­cit­ing pe­ri­ods of trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ment in south­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia and Mont­gomery County in our his­tory,” Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers Vice Chair­woman Les­lie Richards, the county’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the DVRPC and chair­woman of the DVRPC board, said in the re­lease. “There lit­er­ally is not a cor­ner of Mont­gomery County that won’t

won’t be pos­i­tively in­flu­enced by this in­flux of sorely needed trans­porta­tion funds.”

Be­tween 2015 and 2026, the south­east­ern re­gion of Penn­syl­va­nia, con­sist­ing of Bucks, Chester, Philadel­phia, Mont­gomery and Chester coun­ties, ex­pects to re­ceive $8 bil­lion in high­way fund­ing and $7.1 bil­lion in tran­sit fund­ing. Mont­gomery County ex­pects to see $403 mil­lion for trans­porta­tion-re­lated projects in the first four years of the 12-year pe­riod.

Two of the largest projects ex­pected to re­ceive funds are the Route 202 re­con­struc­tion and widen­ing be­tween Norristown and Montgomeryville and the re­place­ment of the Route 422 Bridge over the Schuylkill River.

The money will also go to­ward tran­sit im­prove­ments in­clud­ing park­ing garages at Lans­dale, Noble (Abing­ton), Con­shohocken and Ard­more sta­tions in the Re­gional Rail sys­tem, as well as the Norristown, Hat­boro, Jenk­in­town, Roslyn and Wil­low Grove train sta­tions. Sur­face ex­pan­sions will be com­pleted at train sta­tions in NorthWales, Gwynedd Val­ley and Philmont.

Other pro­posed tran­sit im­prove­ments in­clude track and bridge work, new rail cars, and ser­vice fre­quency im­prove­ments on the Manyunk/Norristown line and the West Tren­ton line.

The list of projects is fis­cally con­strained, which means the to­tal of all of the projects can­not ex­ceed the cost of the amount of money the re­gion will get dur­ing the 12-year pe­riod. The list in­cludes fed­er­ally funded projects, re­gion­ally sig­nif­i­cant projects, pub­lic trans­porta­tion projects, bi­cy­cle and pedes­trian im­prove­ments and freight-re­lated projects.

The DVRPC is the Delaware Val­ley’s metropoli­tan plan­ning or­ga­ni­za­tion that cov­ers Bucks, Philadel­phia, Mont­gomery, Chester and Delaware coun­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia and Burling­ton, Camden, Glouces­ter and Mercer coun­ties in New Jersey.

The com­plete Trans­porta­tion Im­prove­ment Pro­gram and 12year project list­ing for Mont­gomery County is avail­able at www. dvrpc.org.

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