WEST CHESTER (September 15, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that applications will be accepted to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) through November 6, 2020.
“These funds support important and innovative projects that will help strengthen our transportation infrastructure and enhance traffic efficiency and pedestrian safety throughout Chester County,” Dinniman said. “I encourage all eligible applicants to consider applying.”
Eligible applicants include municipalities, councils of governments, business and non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and rail entities.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), projects that will be considered should:
- Coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities;
- Improve streetscape, lighting, sidewalk facilities, and pedestrian safety;
- Improve connectivity or utilization of existing transportation assets; or
- Advance transit-oriented-development.
In the 2020-21 fiscal year, 27 projects were awarded more than $30 million in MTF funding throughout 23 counties. Last November, four projects in Chester County received over $2.5 million in funding.
Funding for the projects comes through Act 89 of 2013, Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan, which increased transit funding and established dedicated multimodal funding for aviation, passenger rail, rail freight, port, and bicycle-pedestrian projects.
Dinniman, who supported Act 89, said investments in transportation infrastructure continue to help drive economic growth throughout the region.