Multimodal Plans Slated for Tredyffrin, West Whiteland, Downingtown and Coatesville

At the Transportation Management Association of Chester County’s (TMACC) Annual Spring Breakfast, multimodal planning was the key theme for the morning’s discussion.  Representatives from Treydffrin, West Whiteland, Downingtown and Coatesville gathered to present future improvements for their communities.

“Being close to public transportation allows us greater mobility opportunities.” said Executive Director of TMACC, Tim Phelps, in his opening remarks, “Applying transportation oriented development principals to our communities along the Keystone Corridor creates new residential and business opportunities and reduces road and highway congestion.  We are excited that these municipalities see the opportunity and are reshaping their communities around their rail stations in partnership with Amtrak and SEPTA.”

Among the plans for Tredyffrin improvements were the demolition of the current North Valley Rd Bridge and the extension of Darby Road to include a new bridge.  Tredyffrin Township Manager, Bill Martin, also discussed the East Central Avenue Multi-Modal, which includes new sidewalks and the addition of bike lanes.  The East Central Avenue project is expected to begin in May and be completed by the end of 2017.

West Whiteland, although ahead with their Exton Train Station construction, discussed challenges with planning to connect people to their station. “Transportation oriented development surrounds Exton, except we can’t easily get people to transportation in Exton.” said West Whiteland Township Manager Mimi Gleason.

As of now, West Whiteland has five plans and projects going on to improve mobility in the township including a Main Street to Exton Station Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, the Chester Valley Trail Extension Plan and the Pottstown Pike Congestion Mitigation Plan to try and find alternative, safer ways to get to the Exton Train Station.  “In an ideal world, Exton Station would be in the middle of Exton, but instead we have 5 lane highway to be crossed, bridge abutments and multiple bypass on and off ramps in the way.  Planning for safe connections has been no easy task, but we know we have to create them.”

Mike Trio, City Manager of Coatesville reported that the 3rd Avenue Streetscapes Project has received final PennDOT approval and will move ahead with the project in June 2017.  The 3rd Avenue Streetscapes Project is the beginning to the 4 Phase Coatesville Train Station Improvement Project.  The next three phases in the project are the 4th Avenue Streetscapes Project (Phase 2), the Train Station Improvement Project (Phase 3) and, finally, the creation of a parking garage with office space.

Trio stated that his main focus for this project is to improve the lives of the residents in Coatesville, “The heart and soul of Coatesville are the people.  Planning for the improvement of their lives and connections is the main goal in our plans.”

The event ended in a panel discussion where guests from the audience were able to ask questions about each representative’s projects.  The event was hosted at Downingtown Country Club.

Chester County 2020 Joins TMACC Membership

East Whiteland, PA – The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) announced today that Chester County 2020 is now a member of the local transportation advocacy’s organization.Chester County 2020

Chester County 2020 (CC2020) is a board-run charity, established in 1996.  CC2020 works to educate, convene and facilitate conversations that address common issues in Chester County; dispel misguided rumors that develop in any community discussion; and produce measurable action on issues that affect the county’s quality of life.

CC2020 focuses on wise land use and has been recently concerned with the increase in Chester County’s population. The major increase in population translates into multiple challenges for livable communities, resource protection and increased traffic congestion.  Investing in TMACC through membership ensures more work in creating a better, more connected community.

“A community’s assets have little value if citizens cannot get to and from where they live, work and play. That is why we at Chester County 2020 want to do all we can to support innovative transportation management as exemplified by TMACC.” said William Stevens, Executive Director of CC2020.

TMACC is a member-based transportation advocacy organization working to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in Chester County through transportation management strategies.  To learn more about TMACC and its members, visit www.tmacc.org.

Ground Breaking for Paoli Train Station

From Executive Director of TMACC, Tim Phelps

While talking with constituents, friends and family about the Paoli train station, I have heard either “that will be a cold day in hell” or “never in my lifetime.” For over thirty years, a discussion about the renovation of one of the busiest stations in the Delaware Valley and the busiest station outside of Philadelphia has taken place. The complexity of the station from geography to bureaucracy is one of epic proportions: from who owns what to who is responsible for what maintenance.

Finally, on Tuesday February 28, 2017, a “Kodak moment” took place with the ground breaking of the most significant portion of the first phase of the project, known as the Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements. This phase will include a new center high level platform, elevators, ramps, a pedestrian overpass, parking lot improvements, ADA improvements to the existing station building, and changes to infrastructure (i.e. track, signals from Paoli to Frazer, and electric traction). Once complete, this work will bring the Paoli Station into compliance making it accessible for all users.

For the past five years and spearheaded by Tredyffrin Township, all the federal, state, regional, county and local agencies have been meeting to communicate, discuss, and advance the design and funding of the station. They established a clear vision and path to a new and improved station.

The Paoli station is a part of a legacy. The present station, a one story tan brick building, was constructed by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in 1953 with a price tag of $140,000. I believe we received maximum value from that investment.

Paoli Station is Great Valley’s train station serving the residents and the employees of Tredyffrin, Willistown, Malvern and East Whiteland, but also reaching beyond to Phoenixville, Easttown and Marple. People are traveling to and from Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York City. This station helps support a key economic engine in Chester County with an average daily use of 1550 boardings and alightings.

February 28th was a beautiful day in and for Paoli. It ushered in success for all of the entities coming together, as well as an opportunity for continue economic growth and vibrancy for our region.

For more information and renderings on all the phases click HERE

Thank you to all who continue to advocate for the completion of this project:

DVRPC
PennDOT
Amtrak
SEPTA
State Senator Dinniman
State Representative Kampf
Chester County Commissioners
Chester County Planning Commission
Paoli Task Force
Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors and Staff
Gannett Fleming

TMACC Board of Directors Elect New Board Chair and Executive Committee

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Don Jacobs, TMACC’s New Board Chair

The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) is pleased announce the election of Donald Jacobs to Chair of the Board of Directors and three new elections to the Executive Committee.

Don Jacobs serves as Executive Vice President of Public and Agency Design at Traffic, Planning & Design Inc.  In his role, he manages the planning of traffic impact studies, environmental clearance documents and design criteria reports.  He also oversees the designs for transportation corridors and interchanges, intersection improvements and construction cost estimates.  Don has served on TMACC’s Board and as Treasurer for over eight years.

TMACC’s Board of Directors also elected their Executive Committee.  Greg Davis, Partner at Saul Ewing, was elected to Vice Chair; Matthew Baumann, Assistant Township Manager at Tredyffrin Township, elected to Secretary; and Anthony Nichols, Senior Vice President at Workspace Property Trust, elected to Treasurer.

“We are excited to welcome Don, Greg, Matt and Tony to lead our Executive Committee,” said Tim Phelps, Executive Director of TMACC.  “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in their fields and will be assets to TMACC as we continue our mission of providing sustainable transportation options and infrastructure to Chester County.”

TMACC is a non-profit in Malvern who advocates for the improvement of air quality and congestion through transportation management demand strategies and congestion mitigation strategies.  Their Board is made up of over 20 professionals from the public and private sector.

TMACC is hosting a Welcome Reception for their new Executive Committee open to the public on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Victory Brewing in Downingtown.

To learn more about TMACC, visit www.tmacc.org.

PennDOT’s New Traffic Light: The Flashing Yellow Arrow

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This new traffic light is causing some major buzz with drivers.  In April 2016, PennDOT announced that they will slowly replace all of the five-section signals (pictured above) in Pennsylvania with the new Flashing Yellow Arrow (also pictured above).

flashing-yellow-arrowThe Flashing Yellow Arrow will be in between the Yellow Arrow and Green Arrow on a Left Turn Signal at an intersection.  In comparison to the Solid Yellow Arrow, which alerts drivers that are turning left to prepare to stop, the Flashing Yellow Arrow tells drivers turning left that they can turn left, but should yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Does it sound redundant? Maybe, but states (including Florida, Oregon and Minnesota) who have these see as much as a 20% reduction in left turn crashes after installing them.  They also improve efficiency by offering motorists more opportunities to make left turns.

Chester County is expected to have it’s first Flashing Yellow Arrow in the next two weeks at the Route 52 and Pocopson Road intersection.  We will announce more installations of the signals as they are announced.

For more information on the Flashing Yellow Arrow, visit PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Portal.

TMACC Welcomes Workspace Property Trust to Members

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Workspace Property Trust to our list of members!

Workspace Property Trust (WPT) is a privately held, full-service commercial real estate company specializing in the development, management, and operation of office and flex space in large metropolitan suburbs in six U.S. markets including Malvern, Exton, Wayne and Horsham in Philadelphia.

As part of their goals, WPT aims to provide their tenants with full-service, socially-responsible, and environmentally conscious office spaces, which is why WPT struck up a partnership with us.

“TMACC is an aggregate of transportation resources, information and insight,” said Tony Nichols, WPT Senior Vice President. “Partnering with them will improve Workspace Property Trust’s communications with our tenants and expand on our environmental efforts in office spaces.”

In 2016, WPT acquired 108 office and flex buildings, plus 26.7 acres of land in PA, MN, FL and AZ in a $969 million-dollar deal with Liberty Property Trust. This deal added to their preexisting 2.3 million square-feet, 41 building, portfolio in Horsham, PA; bringing their total to 149 buildings and 10 million square-feet of office and office-flex properties throughout the United States. The acquisition has put them at the forefront of suburban commercial real estate and positioned the company as a leading suburban landlord.

WPT joins a group of members comprised of over 120 corporations, universities, townships, elected officials and governmental agencies that work to improve traffic congestion and air quality in Chester County.

IN NEWS: TMACC Appoints Steve Bolt, Nathan Cline and Katherine Donnelly to Board of Directors

The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) announced the appointment of new Directors to the Board: Steve Bolt, PE, PTOE, Vice President of Transportation at Burns Engineering; Nathan Cline, PE, Office Director at Pennoni; and Katherine Donnelly, Director of Plant Operations at West Chester University.

These three join a board of individuals representing businesses, universities, municipalities, engineering firms, and transportation and governmental agencies, who provide guidance to fulfill the TMACC mission to “activate, foster, and facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors…that reduce congestion and improve air quality.”

bolt_9830_retouched-new-e1483628542308-1024x696Steve Bolt, PE, PTOE, is Vice President of Transportation at Burns Engineering.  Steve’s extensive experience includes major highway design projects, environmental impact statements and assessments, route location design, traffic signal system design projects, construction management, highway safety improvement programs, stormwater management, and traffic operations studies.  He has been involved in more than 50 major highway and intersection improvement projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.  In addition to serving on the TMACC Board, Steve leads the Design Technical Advisory Group for the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) to develop and implement cost effective and innovative project design technologies throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and is a Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.  Steve is a lifelong resident of Chester County.

clineNathan M. Cline, PE, serves as Office Director for Pennoni’s West Chester, PA office. Nate is responsible for public and private client services and business development efforts for the office and for managing the success and growth of the West Chester staff and projects. Nate serves as township engineer for many of Pennoni’s municipal clients in both Chester and Delaware counties. He has managed a wide array of projects, including a $2.5 million athletic field complex in Concord Township, multiple successful grant applications, annual road programs of over $400,000, road replacement projects, UCC reviews and inspections, storm and sanitary sewer capital projects, subdivision/land development reviews, and construction observation.

img_6990Katherine Donnelly, is Director of Plant Operations at West Chester University.  Kate is responsible for facilities maintenance in the Plant Operations Department including management of trades, energy management, auxiliary maintenance, and small projects management.  Before her position at WCU, she was Senior Property Management Specialist at Exelon and Assistant Facilities Manager at Longwood Gardens.  She has a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and experience in facility and capital project management in higher education, a not-for-profit institution, and the petroleum refining industry.

“These individuals and their experience will be invaluable assets as we work to reduce congestion and improve air quality in Chester County,” said Tim Phelps, Executive Director of TMACC, “We are excited to have these new additions to our dynamic Board of Directors.”

Currently, TMACC has over 120 member organizations who strive to improve transportation options and reduce transportation issues, such as traffic congestion and connectivity, in Chester County and the Greater Philadelphia area.

TMACC Delivers 1,500+ Gifts to Coatesville VA Medical Center

12192016_group_vidOver 1,500 gifts were delivered to the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Monday by TMACC and volunteers.

After weeks of collecting, wrapping and sorting, all of our efforts have finally come to a close!  On Monday, with the help of many volunteers and the ChescoBus, TMACC delivered the 1,500+ gifts to the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Representative Harry Lewis Jr. 

As volunteers ushered gifts into the Great Hall, the Coatesville Area High School band played Christmas music – further improving the already festive moods of the morning.

Among volunteers were Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester), Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) and Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester) who were grateful to see another successful drive going to a good cause.  “Our Veterans often get overlooked; it’s great to see such a flourishing program that helps our Vets.” said Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester).

TMACC would like to thank Citadel Banking for their support of the program and to the following organizations and individuals for donating: McMahon Associates, American Executive Centers, Burns Engineering, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, DivisionOne, Pennoni, Dascanio Barber Shop, Summerfield Homes in Frazer, the Chester County Commissioner’s Office, Representative Becky Corbin, Representative Harry L12222015_22ewis, Representative Warren Kampf, Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Bob Casey Jr.

 

We would also like to recognize and give a huge thank you to staff member, Betty Shaw.  Without her, none of this program would be possible.  She wraps and sorts all of the gifts herself, pushes each of our members to get to our goal, and keeps the holiday spirit alive in the office.

TMACC’s Veterans Gift Drive Program is operated through our charity, FIT (the Foundation for the Improvement of Transportation).  Contact us to learn about more of the programs we have through FIT!

To view more photos from the day, visit our Flickr page here.

 

 

Become a Transportation Activist: USDOT Creates Transit Toolkit for the Public

transit-toolkitOn Tuesday, the USDOT Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx made an announcement of the DOT’s new toolkit for the public called: Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy.  As Foxx put it the “Leadership Academy can help emerging unrepresented community leaders – people with great ideas but who may not be experts in transportation – to work their local and state transportation agencies in a proactive, constructive way.”

USDOT is acknowledging that although you may not have a planning or engineering degree, you are the ones using the roadways, railways, sidewalks and trails in your community every day.  The experience you have makes you an expert in your own right; and USDOT wants to make sure your thoughts and ideas are heard.

In the Leadership Academy resource guide, USDOT has the following set of tools for you to use:

  1. The Transportation Toolkit explains the basics using clear design and plain language. This Toolkit helps people figure out how to be effective in transportation decisions. For example, it explains how to find good data to show the need for a transportation project and when may be the best time to contact an agency with an idea.
  2. For people who want a high-level overview, the Quick Guide introduces you to the content of the Toolkit in a short, colorful booklet.
  3. For people interested in learning more, an Online Resource Library has resources with more detail on topics like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and civil rights laws.
  4. A Facilitator’s Guide can help emerging community leaders lead their own Leadership Academy through a set of activities that help participants learn the content of the Toolkit.

If you are currently facing a transportation problem in your township, this toolkit could be a great benefit for you.  If you have questions about the toolkit, contact TMACC to get assistance!

600 Gifts and Counting! Help us help our Vets this Holiday Season

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UPDATE on December 15, 2016: We have reached our goal of 1,000 and are currently at 1,378 gifts!  Today is the final day to drop off gifts!

We really like to achieve our goals at TMACC.

Which is why we we’re pushing you to help us get to our goal of 1,000 gifts for our Veterans Gift Drive this year.

For the past three years, TMACC has been hosting a gift drive for the Veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Veterans Multi-Service Center.  The patients from the VA use our public transportation service, ChesCoBus, to travel throughout Western Chester County.   Our staff member, Betty Shaw, thought it was a good idea to give back to our Vets who use our service, hence the Veterans Gift Drive.  Thankfully, the Veterans Multi-Service Center knew exactly where to position our efforts.

Each year, the VMC partners with the VA to find permanent housing for homeless veterans throughout Greater Philadelphia.  If you can recall moving into your first apartment or home, you can remember how much of a financial strain is was to purchase everything.  Bedding, lights, kitchen appliances, cleaning supplies….The list goes on and on.  Now try and imagine starting completely from scratch.  That’s what these Veterans are doing.  To contribute, TMACC focuses its Gift Drive on the VMC’s permanent housing program to help make the move easier on these Veterans.

As of today, TMACC has 608 gifts; up 200% compared to this time last year.  We’re not getting excited yet though; we still have a long way to go.

We are collecting gifts until December 15th!  Stop by our office anytime during the week to drop off gifts.  If you need more of an incentive, drop off your gifts on Tuesday, December 13th from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  We are hosting our Holiday Open House that day where there will be lots of food and holiday cheer.

For a full list of gift items, click here or contact us at 610-993-0911.

A big thanks to our supporters Citadel, the County of Chester, McMahon Associates, Pennoni, and American Executive Centers for helping us get the word out!