WEST CHESTER (December 8) – State Senator Andy Dinniman and state Rep. John Lawrence today announced that the Borough of Oxford will receive $540,000 in state funding for the construction of a transportation facility that will increase parking and improve public transit and multimodal circulation in the borough’s downtown.

The project, which was approved for funding by the Commonwealth Finance Authority this week, aims to resolve parking issues, which continue to be an impediment to Oxford’s ongoing downtown revitalization.

In addition, the proposed parking structure has been designed as a multimodal transit hub, with integrated bus station and loop road, in anticipation of expanding public transportation options for borough residents and workers.

“Today is a good day for Oxford Borough, its residents, and businesses. With the additional grant award from the CFA of $540,000 for the Oxford Transit Center, Oxford is one step closer to realizing a 20-year-old dream that has the potential of propelling the borough into a major hub of opportunity in Chester County,” Ron Hershey, President of Oxford Borough Council, said. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Representative John Lawrence and Senator Andy Dinniman for all of their support and belief in a greater vision for the Borough of Oxford.”

“Convenient parking is critical to Oxford’s long-term economic redevelopment,” said state Representative John Lawrence. “Today’s announcement of $540,000 towards the proposed parking and transit facility in downtown Oxford brings us closer to making this much-needed infrastructure project a reality.  In the days ahead, I will continue to work with Senator Dinniman, the Borough of Oxford, and Oxford Mainstreet Inc. to move this project forward.”

“Oxford is making great strides in attracting new business, entrepreneurs and residents to its downtown,” state Senator Andy Dinniman said. “This project will significantly increase parking availability while paving the way for transportation opportunities as the borough’s downtown revitalization continues to grow and flourish for the years to come.”

Funding for the project 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.