Job Posting: TMACC Seeks Manager of Public Engagement

TMACC seeks an energetic, creative, and results oriented Manager of Public Engagement for their public outreach and association advancement. The Manager of Public Engagement will be responsible for developing and marketing TMACC’s creative content (print to digital) to the general public, business community, stakeholder groups and elected officials in order to increase support for TMACC programs and awareness of initiatives.

To view the full job description and how to apply, click here.

 

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PennDOT Reopens Hares Hill Road Bridge in East Pikeland Township, Chester County

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King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today reopened the bridge carrying Hares Hill Road over French Creek in East Pikeland Township, Chester County.

Over the last 10 weeks, PennDOT’s contractor worked to rehabilitate the wrought iron through truss bridge by reconstructing damaged and deteriorated wingwalls; reconstructing stone masonry parapets with reinforced concrete; and installing powder-coated brown guiderail to protect the blunt ends of the parapets. In addition, the conserved historic plaque on the outside of the southeast wingwall was re-installed. A plaque commemorating this 2018 rehabilitation was also installed.

Built in 1867, the one-span, single-lane bridge is 105 feet long, 14 feet wide, and carries an average of 4,895 vehicles a day.

The structure is one of nine bridges in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties that PennDOT is repairing under a $7,407,987 improvement project financed by Act 89, the state’s transportation plan.

Structures completed under this project include:

  • Morwood Road culvert over a branch of Perkiomen Creek in Franconia Township, Montgomery County;
  • Route 232 (Second Street Pike) over a branch of Mill Creek in Wrightstown Township, Bucks County;
  • Sugan Road over Cuttalossa Creek in Solebury Township, Bucks County; and
  • Old Forty Foot Road over a branch of Skippack Creek in Lower Salford and Towamencin townships, Montgomery County.

The other structures included in this rehabilitation project include:

  • Baltimore Pike over Darby Creek in Clifton Heights and Lansdowne boroughs and Upper Darby Township, Delaware County;
  • State Road/Lansdowne Avenue over Cobbs Creek in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, and the City of Philadelphia;
  • Wissahickon Avenue over Monoshone Creek in Philadelphia; and
  • Ridge Pike over Perkiomen Creek in Collegeville Borough and Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.

J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the bridge improvement project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in late summer 2019.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ayanna Williams, 610-205-6798

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Seniors Will Now Be Able to Ride SEPTA Regional Rail FOR FREE Beginning Sept. 1

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SEPTA Key Representatives at Thorndale Regional Rail Train Station

SEPTA made an announcement yesterday, August 2, 2018 that beginning September 1st Seniors will be able to ride Regional Rail within Pennsylvania for free, the $1 fee or discounted .86 cent ten-trip ticket will no longer be necessary.

This move is in conjunction with the elimination of the use of SEPTA Senior ID Cards beginning September 1st.  Anyone that is riding SEPTA will have to have the new SEPTA Senior Key Cards in order to travel.

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New Senior Fare Card from SEPTA

Customers holding unused pre-purchased discounted Senior Ten Trip Tickets can obtain a refund by mailing the original tickets (no photocopies) along with their mailing address to SEPTA at:

SEPTA SENIOR TICKET REFUNDS
PO BOX 58609
PHILADELPHIA PA 19102-8609

If you’re looking to get a new SEPTA Senior Key Card you will have to come in to a designated Senior ID processing location to do so with a proper form of ID.  TMACC is able to process new Senior IDs upon appointment and so are select state representative’s offices.

Schedule your appointment today with TMACC!

SCCOOT Zone Changes Effective July 30th

To reduce passenger fares, the following SCCOOT zone boundary definitions are in effect (beginning Monday, July 30th):

  • Longwood Gardens (Stop ID #99279 ) is both the last stop in Zone 1 (West Chester zone) and the first stop in Zone 2 (Kennett Square zone).
  • West Grove Borough Hall (Stop ID #99241 ) is the both last stop in Zone 2 (Kennett Square zone) and the first stop in Zone 3 (Oxford zone).

Southbound buses

  • A ride from West Chester to Longwood Gardens is only a one-zone trip.
  • A ride from Longwood Gardens to West Grove Borough Hall (Stop ID #99241 ) is only a one-zone trip.
  • A ride from West Grove Borough Hall (Stop ID #99241) to Oxford is only a one-zone trip.

Northbound buses

  • A ride from Oxford to West Grove Borough Hall (Stop ID #99241) is only a one-zone trip.
  • A ride from West Grove Borough Hall (Stop ID #99241) to Longwood Gardens is only a one-zone trip.
  • A ride from Longwood Gardens to West Chester is only a one-zone trip.

For assistance with the route changes, please contact TMACC at 610-993-0911 or Krapfs at 610-431-6015.

TMACC Announces Transportation Oriented Development Summit for Chester County

East Whiteland, PA – The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) announced in an email today that they will host a Transit Oriented Development Summit in September.

The Summit will feature various speakers and breakout sessions focused on the trending topic of Transit Oriented Developments (TOD).  TOD is the creation of pedestrian and cycling -oriented, mixed-use communities centered around a public transportation network.

With both Amtrak and SEPTA access in over 15 municipalities and DVRPC identified five “classic towns”, Chester County is ripe for multimodal redevelopment.  Last Spring, with the announcement of Downingtown’s Transit Oriented Development, TMACC hosted an event introducing transit oriented development strategies to the public.  Due to the attendee’s positive response and additional questions from community leaders, the non-profit planned this in-depth, educational summit for the Fall.

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Executive Director of TMACC, Tim Phelps

“Leaders at PennDOT, as well as our regional and local planning commissions know multi-modal options are key drivers for the future,” said TMACC Executive Director, Tim Phelps.  “There is a resurgence of town center activities and interaction within the community.  TOD brings those ideas into reality.  This summit will help local officials and community leaders expand the vision of TOD in Chester County and educate them on TOD land planning issues as well as integrating safe connections to transportation that are accessible to all users.”

The Summit will be on Thursday, September 6th at The Desmond Malvern.  Ticket reservations will be available August 1st at www.tmacc.org.

The mission of TMACC is to activate, foster and facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors of Chester County to identify, evaluate, and analyze significant transportation issues and to recommend solutions that reduce congestion and improve air quality.

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Media Contact: Amanda Lozinak, Manager of Public Engagement, alozinak@tmacc.org | 610-993-0911

TMACC
7 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 144
Malvern, PA 19355
610-993-0911 | http://www.tmacc.org

Governor Wolf Announces Traffic Signal Improvements to Benefit 70 Municipalities Statewide

From Governor Wolf’s Office:

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades, increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania’s communities.

“This is the fourth round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,” Governor Wolf said. “The Green Light-Go program addresses mechanisms that if not functioning properly can aggravate congestion and impede traffic flow.”

Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program, grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light – Go Program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology instillation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.

Following is a list of funding recipients, the amount of state funding, and a brief description of the projects.

Allegheny County:

  • Allegheny County — $3,560,565 for improvements to pedestrian facilities at 35 traffic signals in the City of Pittsburgh’s Central Business District.
  • Bellevue Borough — $32,000 to install new LED traffic signal heads, new countdown pedestrian signals, and new audible push buttons at the traffic signal at North & South Freemont and Lincoln Avenue.
  • Carnegie Borough — $22,640 to update traffic signal timings at the intersection of Main Street and Jefferson Street.
  • Crafton Borough — $704,051 to modernize four traffic signals along Noble Avenue and Crennell Avenue.
  • Edgewood Borough — $139,478 to modernize the traffic signal at Maple Ave. and Edgewood/Swissvale to include LED signal heads with mast arm installation, loop detection, countdown pedestrian signals and ADA-compliant curb ramps.
  • Jefferson Hills Borough — $87,684 to modernize a traffic signal at River Road & Walton Road/Glass House Road including new strain poles, signal heads and signal controller.
  • Marshall Township — $562,191 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at six intersections along State Route 910 near I-79.
  • Monroeville Borough — $226,709 for modernization of a traffic signal at Monroeville Boulevard at Wyngate Drive.
  • Mount Lebanon Township — $220,000 for replacement of the traffic signal at the intersection of Bower Hill Road and North Wren Drive/Firwood Drive to accommodate realignment to a four-way intersection.
  • Penn Hills Township — $45,372 for LED Replacement at four intersections along Frankstown Road and Verona Road.
  • Scott Township — $304,800 to upgrade seven traffic signals along Bower Hill Road and Greentree Road including complete replacement of a signal at Bower Hill Road & Vanadium Road, retiming and coordination, a southbound left-turn advance phase for Bower Hill Road at Painters Run, and detection upgrades.
  • Versailles Borough — $265,191 for modernization of two intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection.
  • White Oak Borough — $601,808 for modernization of six intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection.

Berks County:

  • Brecknock Township — $1,652 for LED replacement at the traffic signal at State Routes 568 and 625.
  • Exeter Township — $89,600 for upgraded video detection at Perkiomen Avenue (U.S. Route 422)/Gibraltar Road and Demoss Road/Gibraltar Road.
  • Reading — $844,640 for modernization of four traffic signals along North Front Street.

Blair County:

  • Altoona — $360,022 for modernization of two traffic signals at 12th Avenue/13th Street and 13th Avenue/16th Street, including foundation and mast arm replacement, upgrading controller equipment, dedicated pedestrian facilities, installing radio communications and connection to a closed loop traffic signal system.

Bucks County:

  • Bensalem Township — $740,000 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at 12 intersections along Bristol Pike.
  • Bristol Township — $497,621 to modernize two traffic signals at New Falls Road/Woodbourne/Edgely/Emilie and Edgely Road/Mill Creek Road.
  • Northampton Township — $208,850 to modernize three traffic signals along Jacksonville Road and Almshouse Road including installation of video detection, radar dilemma zone detection, ADA-compliant push buttons, and battery back-up.
  • Warminster Township — $226,849 to upgraded detection and traffic signal timing modifications at five signals along Johnsville, Mearns, Jacksonville, and Street Roads.

Butler County:

  • Butler Township — $415,686 to modernize equipment at 17 traffic signals including signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, and push buttons. Emergency preemption and radar detection will also be added.

Cambria County:

  • Stonycreek Township — $187,500 for modernization of a traffic signal at Bedford Street and Penrod Street including complete replacement of the traffic signal including new emergency vehicle preemption and pedestrian signals.

Centre County:

  • Ferguson Township — $80,000 for modernizing loop detectors with dilemma zone radar detection at three intersections along Blue Course Drive and College Avenue.

Chester County:

  • Schuylkill Township — $237,336 for interconnection of traffic signals along Pothouse Road and Whitehorse Road.
  • West Chester Borough — $688,000 for installation of radio communications and modernization of traffic signal controllers to 23 traffic signals in the borough with a connection to the PennDOT District 6 Regional Traffic Management Center via trunk fiber connection along US Route 202.
  • Willistown Township — $246,320 to install fiber optic communications between six signals along Lancaster Avenue (U.S. Route 30).

Clearfield County:

  • Bradford Township — $48,000 to modernize the traffic signal at Shawville Highway and Doe Hill Road including radar detection, uninterruptible power supply, relocating the controller assembly, and signal retiming.
  • Sandy Township — $76,000 to modernize to radar vehicle detection at four traffic signals along Bee Line Highway (State Route 255).

Columbia County:

  • South Centre Township — $27,600 for retiming of the traffic signal at U.S. Route 11 and Market Street and modernization of video detection, uninterruptible power supply, and a new controller assembly.

Cumberland County:

  • Carlisle — $139,385 for modernization of a traffic signal at High Street and Orange Street including upgrading poles to mast arms, and upgrading to infrared detection.
  • Mechanicsburg — $78,581 to modernize 10 traffic signals in the downtown including signal retiming implementation, LED replacement, and traffic signal controller upgrades.
  • Silver Spring Township — $82,939 for LED replacement at 24 intersections within the township.

Dauphin County:

  • Halifax Township — $9,421 for LED replacement at the intersection of State Routes 147 & 225.
  • Swatara Township — $195,880 for modernization of the traffic signal at Paxton Street & 28th Street including replacement of a failing traffic signal pole.

Delaware County:

  • Concord Township — $243,728 for LED replacement at 16 traffic signals within the township.
  • Media Borough — $129,680 for video detection upgrades at 13 intersections.

Erie County:

  • Albion Borough — $223,055 to replace the traffic signal at State Street (U.S. Route 6N) and Main Street (State Route 18).
  • Eric County — $255,688 for complete modernization of the traffic signal at East 10th Street and Holland Avenue in the City of Erie.
  • Union City — $120,000 for corridor improvements to three traffic signals along Main Street (U.S. Route 6) including countdown pedestrian signals and LED replacement.

Lackawanna County:

  • City of Carbondale — $136,365 to modernize countdown pedestrian signals with ADA-compliant push buttons at 12 traffic signals along Main Street and Church Street along with the installation of video detection.

Lancaster County:

  • East Lampeter Township — $9,200 for installation of a northbound left-turn signal phase at Strasburg Pike and Millport Road.

Luzerne County:

  • Hazleton — $180,030 for complete modernization of the traffic signal at Church Street (State Route 309) and 5th Street.
  • West Pittston Borough — $460,647 for complete modernization of two traffic signals at Wyoming Avenue (U.S. Route 11)/Luzerne Avenue and U.S. Route 11/Montgomery Avenue.

Lycoming County:

  • Williamsport — $643,542 for complete modernization of two traffic signals along East Third Street including crosswalk improvements.

Mercer County:

  • Hermitage City — $204,640 to upgrade the intersection of Keel Ridge Road & East State Street including new signal heads, mast arms, controller assembly, wiring, and radar detection.
  • Sharon City — $316,061 to complete modernization of a traffic signal at South Sharpsvile Avenue, East Connelly Boulevard (U.S. Route 62), and Shenango Valley Freeway.

Monroe County:

  • Pocono Township — $359,658 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at seven intersections along State Routes 611 and 715.
  • Smithfield Township — $552,682 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at 10 intersections along U.S. Route 209 in Smithfield Township and Middle Smithfield Township.
  • Stroud Township — $502,439 to add an intersection to the existing system and add adaptive traffic signal system for four intersections along State Route 611.

Montgomery County:

  • Abington Township — $428,560 to fully modernize two traffic signals at Greenwood Avenue/Washington Lane and Jenkintown Road/Meetinghouse Road including new mast arms, signal heads, countdown pedestrian signals, and controllers, video detection and radar dilemma zone detection, battery back-up and upgraded ADA ramps.
  • Horsham Township — $597,626 to modernize traffic signals and install fiber optic communications at five intersections along Horsham Road and Dresher Road.
  • Lower Merion Township — $762,654 to extend the Wynnewood Road adaptive signal system to add two adjacent intersections (Lancaster/Ole Wynnewood, East Wynnewood/Williams) and implement an adaptive system on County Line Road at three intersections (Bryn Mawr Avenue/Glenbrook Road, Lindsay, and Landover) adjacent to Bryn Mawr Hospital.
  • Lower Moreland Township — $395,704 to completely modernize a traffic signal at Huntingdon Pike and Philmont Avenue/Welsh Road including new mast arms, controller assembly, battery back-up, vehicle detection, and accessible pedestrian signals.
  • Towamencin Township — $341,600 to upgrade to countdown pedestrian signals with ADA-compliant push buttons and upgrading loop detection to video detection and radar dilemma zone detection at 16 traffic signals.
  • Trappe Borough — $252,800 to install a coordinated system to operate two signals on Main Street (SR 4031) including new controllers, countdown pedestrian signals, video detection, new ADA ramps and LED replacements.
  • Upper Moreland Township — $252,520 to modernize the traffic signal at Byberry Road and Davisville Road, including new mast arms, signal heads, countdown pedestrian signals, controllers, video detection, radar dilemma zone detection, battery back-up, and upgraded pedestrian crossings and ADA ramps.
  • Upper Providence Township — $232,000 for modernization of a traffic signal at Linfield-Trappe Road and Township Line Road including replacement of wooden strain poles with conventional mast arms.
  • Whitpain Township — $243,012 for upgrades to five traffic signals along Skippack Pike, including controllers, video detection, dilemma zone detection, emergency preemption, ADA push buttons, GPS time clocks, and signal head replacement.

Northampton County:

  • Hellertown Borough — $67,982 for pedestrian signal upgrades at four intersections along State Route 412.

Northumberland County:

  • Ralpho Township — $399,294 to modernize the traffic signal at State Route 487 & State Route 54, including new signal supports, signal heads, vehicle detection, controller equipment, emergency preemption, battery back-up, lighting, pedestrian accommodations, and a westbound left turn lane.

Philadelphia:

  • $3,207,255 to modernize 20 Intersections along the 2nd Street Corridor with the installation of traffic controllers, communications equipment to connect back to the City’s Traffic Operations Center, pavement markings and ADA curb ramps.
  • $1,795,014 for installation of wireless communication to interconnect 60 traffic signals and connect back to the City’s Traffic Operations Center.
  • $4,667,869 to modernize 23 Intersections along the Oregon Avenue Corridor with the installation of traffic controllers, communications equipment to connect back to the City’s Traffic Operations Center, pavement markings and ADA curb ramps.

Union County:

  • East Buffalo Township — $372,179 to modernize and improve safety improvements at two intersections along U.S. Route 15 including strain pole replacement, uninterruptible power supply, LED replacement, and upgraded vehicle detection.

Venango County:

  • Sandy Creek Township — $155,472 for the modernization of a traffic signal at Pittsburgh Road (State Route 8) and Pone Lane (SR 3021), including new poles, controller, and a southbound left-turn phase.

Washington County:

  • Chartiers Township — $46,400 for modernization to the traffic signal at Pike Street, Allison Hollow Road and Racetrack Road including ADA-compliant pedestrian accommodations, installation of radar detection, and additional left turn phases.

York County:

  • Springettsbury Township — $251,163 for detection upgrades to traffic signals at State Route 24 and Kingston Road and Eastern Boulevard, upgrades to Northern Way & Wolf Drive, and modernization of a traffic signal at Haines Road and Eastern Boulevard.
  • West Manchester Township — $313,612 for modernization of a traffic signal at State Route 462 Zarfoss Road.

A list of recipients, project descriptions, and the amount of state investment is also available at www.penndot.gov on the “Traffic Signals, Management” page under “Travel In PA”. Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

MEDIA CONTACTS: J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Erin Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT, 717-783-8800

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Chester County Municipalities, Advocacy Groups Win TDM Awards

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Friends of the Chester Valley Trail Board Members, Bob Cochlin (Left) and Mike Broennle (Right) with their award for Advocacy.  

6/27/2018 – Downingtown, PA – On Wednesday, June 20th, the transportation advocacy organization, Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), awarded municipalities and advocacy groups for their work to improve mobility and increase safety in Chester County at their Annual Meeting.

The demand on Chester County’s transportation infrastructure continues to grow with the increase in population and influx of new businesses.  To alleviate future traffic congestion, municipalities are looking for alternative mobility options and adopting transportation demand management (TDM) strategies.  TDM addresses alternative transportation options through strategies like commuter benefits, carpooling and vanpooling, increased public transit and bike and pedestrian facilities.

As advocates of transportation demand management, member-based organization TMACC, awards four TDM projects and advocates at their Annual Membership Meeting.  This year a major theme of the awards were safety and accessibility.

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TMACC Executive Director, Tim Phelps.

“I’m happy to see so many great TDM projects happening in Chester County,” said, Tim Phelps, TMACC Executive Director at the Meeting, “TDM strategies continue to help communities enhance mobility options that increase health, improve air quality and quality of life.  We hope these four highlighted projects will inspire other communities to improve their safety and accessibility through transportation strategies.”

TMACC recognized a total of eight projects at their Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon at the Downingtown Country Club.  Below are the winners of their four award categories.

Annual Membership Award Winners:

Sustainability Award:

Tredyffrin Township for the implementation of their Paoli Road Improvement Study and Public Participation Plan completed in 2015.  Since the study was completed, the township has installed an adaptive traffic signal control system to improve traffic flows, state-of-the-art thermal cameras to monitor traffic and optimize traffic timings and pedestrian crossing improvements.  Along East Central Avenue the township installed raised pedestrian crossings at intersections to slow traffic, installed bike lanes, and improved sidewalks on the south side of East Central Avenue, including ADA-compliant ramps.

Advocacy Award:

The Friends of the Chester Valley Trail for their advocacy work in advancing multiple safety improvements along the Chester Valley Trail.  Most recent improvements include a new automated pedestrian detection camera system that activates the verbal safety instruction of the push button system and automatically activates the yellow flashing system at the intersections of Ship Road and PA Route 401 (Conestoga Road) and the installation of a third stop sign at Foundry Road.

Connectivity:

PennDOT and Gannett Fleming for their work to improve and rebuild the Route 926 Bridge in Pocopson and Birmingham Townships.  Before the bridge was reconstructed, it was weight limited and flooding issues frequently closed this heavily traveled bridge causing traffic congestion on smaller roadways.  The new state-of-the-art, $8.6 million Bridge was designed to serve the growing needs of Southern Chester County and avoid future flooding from the Brandywine Creek.

Community:

Kennett Township for their Safer Kennett Area Active Transportation Project.  The project is a part of a series of initiatives outlined in their Kennett Area Active Transportation Plan.  The project seeks to create a critical backbone of interconnecting active transportation facilities across Kennett Square Borough and into neighboring Kennett Township and neighboring municipalities, seamlessly linking together the entire community into a single active transportation network.

Share-A-Ride Program Offers Easy, New Way to Carpool

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Below is a press release from our partners, DVRPC.  They are our administrators for our Share-A-Ride program.  They just launched a new program for Share-A-Ride that’s user-friendly and interactive.  We hope you will sign up and to start carpooling!

(Philadelphia, PA) – Just in time for “Dump the Pump” Day on June 21, commuters who work in southeastern Pennsylvania can find an easier way to get to work. The new Share-A-Ride  service connects commuters who travel similar routes.

Share-A-Ride is a free, computerized service that matches commuters with transit options, potential carpool and vanpool groups, and even walking and bicycling routes. The program is administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and is part of the Mobility Alternatives Program (MAP), which also helps employers find better transportation options for employees. Local partners in the program, like Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), can connect both employers and employees to a vanpool service for larger commute groups.

The new Share-A-Ride webpage uses a mapping function to match commuters to better options, and even includes information on transit services and times, if relevant. Individuals can also track their commutes in the Commute Journal to calculate their vehicle travel, pollution, and money savings. For example, the Journal function estimates that a commuter who rides transit on a 30-mile round-trip commute, instead of driving alone – for just one day – saves about $13.75 and reduces air pollution by about 20 pounds.

In southeastern Pennsylvania, 70% of commuters drive alone to work, and only 7.7% carpool (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014).

“Mobile sources like cars, trucks, and buses are a major cause of air pollution in our region. In southeastern Pennsylvania, they account for almost 50% of NOX which is a major component of smog,” said Barry Seymour, DVRPC Executive Director. “Carpooling, vanpooling, or taking transit reduces air pollution, and also helps commuters save money and reduce the stress of going to and from work.” Employers can benefit, too: studies show that when employees don’t have to drive alone to work every day, they are on time more often, take fewer sick days, and are overall more productive.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day (June 21, 2018) is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation or carpool instead of driving alone. Share-A-Ride is one way that commuters can find a way to “Dump the Pump on June 21.

About DVRPC

DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for a diverse nine-county region in two states: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey.

DVRPC’s vision for the Greater Philadelphia Region is a prosperous, innovative, equitable, resilient, and sustainable region that increases mobility choices by investing in a safe and modern transportation system; that protects and preserves our natural resources while creating healthy communities; and that fosters greater opportunities for all.

DVRPC’s mission is to achieve this vision by convening the widest array of partners to inform and facilitate data-driven decision-making. We are engaged across the region, and strive to be leaders and innovators, exploring new ideas and creating best practices.

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Dump the Pump Next Thursday

DTP 2018 logo_bus onlyGas prices have reached their highest level in three years.  On average, gas in Pennsylvania costs $3.059 a gallon – that’s over 20% more than last summer’s gas prices.  Consumers are still continuing to pay for it without researching better and cheaper options to travel.

Next Thursday is the time to try something new.  June 21st is the 13th Annual Dump the Pump Day.  It’s a day to rally back at big oil companies, leave the car at home and try a different way to get around.

So what options are there for getting around in Chester County without a car?  TMACC charted out a few below different ways of commuting to dump the pump next Thursday.

Regional Rail:

SEPTA Regional Rail travels from Thorndale to Philadelphia and makes stops at multiple locations along the way including Exton, Malvern and Paoli.  Amtrak also has affordable rail service from Philadelphia to Coatesville.  SEPTA Regional Rail schedules can be found here and Amtrak schedules can be found here.

SEPTA Buses:

SEPTA also has buses traveling through Phoenixville, West Chester, Exton, the Gateway Shopping Center, the Great Valley Corporate Center and more.  To view bus schedules, click here.

Local Buses:

In Western and Southern Chester County, there are two local buses.  Krapf’s A Bus travels from Coatesville through Exton and into West Chester.  ChescoBus, which is managed by TMACC, has two bus routes: Coatesville Link and SCCOOT.  Coatesville Link travels through Parkesburg, Sadsbury and Coatesville; and SCCOOT travels through Oxford, Lincoln University, West Grove, New Garden, Kennett Square, Longwood and West Chester.  Schedules for Krapf’s A, SCCOOT and Coatesville Link can be found at www.chescobus.com.

Biking and Walking:

BikingIf the trips are a short enough distance (or even a long distance and you’re comfortable with biking), try biking or walking for your commute.  Both biking and walking are known to reduce anxiety, improve productivity and improve health.  Try using the Google Bike Option in Google Maps when charting out the commute.

Contact TMACC if you would like to Dump the Pump next Thursday and need help finding an option for you!

Major Construction Ahead: Route 29 Sinkhole Project

612018_1You’ve seen the signs.  Now you’re going to experience the headache.

For the past three months, PennDOT crews have been prepping to correct a sinkhole underneath Route 29 between North Atwater Drive/General Warren Boulevard and the PA Turnpike interchange.  Traffic patterns have changed during this time, but traffic hasn’t been majorly affected.

612018_3The next phase of the project, however, will bring heavy traffic delays for at least 2 months.  Starting next week, PennDOT will begin their next phase of construction, which includes reducing traffic lanes down to one lane in each direction.  This phase is scheduled to be completed in early July.  Immediately after this phase traffic will shift to two travel lanes northbound and one travel lane southbound.  This second phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in early August. (View pictures of phases below)

Thousands of commuters travel into Great Valley for work each day.  This reduction of lanes will result in major traffic jams.  Instead of bearing the fact that you will be perpetually late to work for the next eight weeks, do something different with your commute to help reduce the traffic.  TMACC has a few suggestions below for you to try:

Try carpooling
Carpooling is a great money-saving habit anyone with a car can try.  Find a coworker who has a similar commute to you and share your ride with them.  It doesn’t have to be everyday either, work out a schedule that will benefit both of you.

If you don’t have a coworker who has a similar commute, try our program Share-A-Ride.  We will match you with people who have similar commutes.

Try a flex schedule

Do you have the ability to change your work schedule?  Getting to work early and leaving work before rush hour can help reduce your headaches.

Work from home

Will your boss let you work from home once or twice a week?  Ask them to accommodate your change in commute the next two months by working from home a few times a week.  You’ll completely avoid traffic and help reduce the traffic headaches for others on the road.

Try biking to work

Biking to work is known to reduce stress and improve your health.  Great Valley is blessed with a great commuter trail (Chester Valley Trail) that goes from King of Prussia to Exton and connects to Phoenixville and Spring City (via Schuylkill River Trail).  Chart out a route to try once or twice a week.  If you live around Exton or Phoenixville you can even join TMACC on their weekly Commuter Cycling Rides every Tuesday and Wednesday if you’re nervous about riding by yourself the first time.

Don’t let this traffic jam catch you off guard.  Get prepared and make your commute bearable.

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