WEST CHESTER (September 10, 2019) – Municipalities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other entities can apply now for state funding for improvement projects, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.
Applications for the funding, which come through PennDOT’s Multi-Modal Transportation Fund, will be accepted now through November 8, 2019.
“Act 89 and the Multi-Modal Transportation Fund continue to leave a long trail of success stories and transportation infrastructure improvements across Chester County and Pennsylvania,” Dinniman said. “This program has been a tremendous asset in getting vital projects off the ground for the benefit for residents, commuters, motorists and our regional economy.”
Eligible projects include enhancements to roadways, bridges, transit facilities, park and ride facilities, sidewalk, crosswalk safety improvements, bicycle lanes and route designations.
Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, ports, and rail entities.
PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year and funding will become available in July 2020.
In 2018, municipalities in Chester County received over $3.2 million in state funding to improve roads, upgrade intersections, and enhance pedestrian and bicycle travel.
Last year, 49 projects were awarded $43 million in grant funding across 23 counties.
The Multi-Modal Transportation Fund was established by Act of 2013, Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan, which Dinniman supported. The act increased transit funding, established dedicated multimodal funding for aviation, passenger rail, rail freight, port, and bicycle-pedestrian projects, and is responsible for a more than $55 million of investment and counting in Chester County’s transportation infrastructure.