The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) presented TDM awards to individuals, townships and businesses at their Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon this past Friday, June 9, 2017. DVRPC; Donna Siter of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce; Kennett Township; and East Goshen Township were all recipients of the awards for their work to improve and include Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies in their communities.
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a set of principles and strategies designed to enhance commuting options and transportation for people and goods in a designated area. This incorporates planning and designing for multiple forms of transportation such as walking, biking, public transportation and cars. It includes creating multimodal plans for communities, instituting a car-share program to employees and designing a trail to connect to local, popular destinations.
TMACC, created its Member Awards to highlight people, projects and businesses who go above and beyond TMACC’s mission to improve TDM in their community. With a robust first year of over 20 applications, TMACC’s awards committee paired the applications down to 12 finalists. Winners were then first announced at the Luncheon.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) was awarded TMACC’s Sustainability Award for their efforts in advancing planning, design and construction of The Circuit Trails, the planned 750+ mile trail network in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Through their Regional Trails Program, DVRPC has provided direct planning assistance, project management, and design and construction funding totaling over $1.4 million for projects in Chester County over the past five years.
Donna Siter, Executive Director of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Advocacy Award for her leadership, tact and stewardship of several projects in the Coatesville Marketplace, including the completion of the Future Focus Study, the formation of the Western Chester County Council of Governments, her assistance in creating the Bike the Brandywine Ride and most notably on the completion of the Route 30 Multimodal Study, supported by engineers, McMahon Associates, Inc.
Kennett Township received TMACC’s Connectivity Award for their current work in developing a comprehensive, multi-municipal Active Transportation Plan. This plan, organized by Alta Planning + Design, will increase the mobility of Kennett Township and the Borough of Kennett Square to engage people in healthy, physical activity while they travel from place to place, reduce pollution and mitigate automotive traffic.
East Goshen Township received the Community Award for their work to include walking and biking along Paoli Pike between Airport Road and Line Road. The Feasibility Study and Master Plan for a multi-use trail will include connections to schools, offices, community facilities, retail shops and residential areas. Additionally, the trail creates the potential to provide connections beyond East Goshen Township to neighboring municipalities and the regional trail network.
TMACC Executive Director, Tim Phelps, applauded the award winners for their efforts to continue TMACC’s mission outside of the organization. “We are proud to have members who live into TMACC’s mission of improving mobility throughout Chester County. We are excited to support and recognize the good work being completed by our members.”