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.

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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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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!

TMACC Delivers Over 2,500 Gifts to Coatesville VA and VMC

122117_42Thursday morning, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), elected officials, members and various community partners gathered to deliver over 2,500 gifts for the Veterans at the Coatesville VA Medical Center and for those in the Supportive Services for Veterans and Families Program at the Veterans Multi-Service Center.

TMACC began this initiative 4 years ago as a way to give back to the Veterans who ride their public transportation service, ChescoBus.  The Coatesville VA is a major stop along the Coatesville Link route.  TMACC collects gifts from its members and community residents at Summerfield in Elverson.  Since its inception, the local non-profit continues to crush their goals; with 200 gifts over their goal of 500 in 2014, to 500 gifts over their goal of 2,000 this year.

122117_16“We appreciate your support and are excited that we have reached another record-breaking year with gifts.” said TMACC Executive Director, Tim Phelps, to the crowd of volunteers unloading the buses at the VA Center this year.  “Through your support and generosity, we are able to bring the holiday spirit to the men and women who proudly served our great nation.”

The gifts collected are delivered to the patients at the VA Medical Center as well as to Veterans and their families who receive housing through the Veterans Multi-Service Center’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program.  Jesse Thompson, an outreach specialist at the VMC, said the gifts they receive from this single donation help families throughout the entire year.

122117_CommissionersAmong the volunteers were County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell, state Rep. Harry Lewis, Jr, R-74, Rep. Becky Corbin, R-155, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, state Rep. Eric Roe, R-158, state Rep. Warren Kampf R-157, and staff from the offices of state Sen. Andy Dinniman and both U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Robert Casey.

To learn more about the Veterans Gift Drive, please visit www.tmacc.org.

Abel Brothers Towing & Automotive Joins TMACC Membership

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TMACC welcomes Abel Brothers Towing & Automotive to their list of members.

Abel Brothers Towing & Automotive is a local towing and auto and truck repair specialist located in Malvern.  Abel Brothers has over 40 service vehicles available anytime of the day.  They service over 16 counties in Pennsylvania and are the exclusive towing service for 16 law enforcement agencies, over 100 private companies, and a large selection of the PA Turnpike.  They have over 40 years of experience and have been a large part in the growth and prosperity of East Whiteland Township.

Abel Brothers Towing & Automotive has worked with TMACC on various projects throughout the years.  Most recently, the two have coordinated with East Whiteland Township on the Route 30 Corridor Master Plan Study managed by East Whiteland Township.  Abel Towing is focused on improving the local community through partnerships and activism.  They understand the value of investing in improved transportation infrastructure, which is why Abel Towing signed on with TMACC.

 

 

 

Learn more about them at https://www.abeltowing.com/.

TMACC Welcomes Dewberry to Members

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The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) is pleased to announce the addition of Dewberry to their list of members.

Established in 1956, Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional engineering services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities.

Dewberry is opening a new office in King of Prussia, and wanted to invest in TMACC and its networking opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia region.

“TMACC offers networking opportunities and hosts a variety of educational events throughout the year that feature new legislation and technology in transportation management.” said Jill Kathleen Bolt, Business Development Director for Dewberry. “Dewberry is interested in growing its business, and partnering with TMACC provides opportunities to connect with and invest in the region.”

Dewberry 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.

TMACC Members Rank on ENR Mid-Atlantic’s Top Design Firm of the Year

ENR Mid-Atlantic announced its annual Top Design Firms list for 2017.  The list ranks the largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. According to the 2017 ENR Mid-Atlantic Design Firm survey, the 107 participating firms reported a total of $4.8 billion in work performed and billed in 2016. That’s an 18.8% increase from last year’s survey, when 83 firms posted $4.04 billion in 2015 revenue.

TMACC Members, AECOM, Michael Baker International, WSP, Gannett Fleming, Pennoni, Whitman, Requardt and Associates, Urban Engineers, and Traffic Planning and Design were all represented on the list this year.  AECOM, Michael Baker International, WSP, Gannett Fleming, and Pennoni all made the top 10, with AECOM as number 1.

More than 30 firms, including TMACC’s 8 Members, reported that transportation was their highest revenue generator this year.  The 107 participating firms reported a combined $1.6 billion in transportation work and $1.4 billion in civil engineering revenue. Sectors such as government and public services ($292.9 million in revenue), sewage and solid waste ($267.8 million), water supply ($245.6 million), power ($210.1 million) and telecommunications ($52.7 million) remain healthy, too.

Engineering News-Record provides the engineering and construction news, analysis, commentary and data that construction industry professionals need to do their jobs more effectively. ENR reports on the top design firms, both architects and engineers, and the top construction companies as well as projects in the United States and around the world. Our products include a weekly magazine with more than 47,812 paid subscribers, a website with over 196,000 unique visitors a month and a series of in-person events.

Read more about the list here

TMACC Announces TDM Award Winners at Inaugural Awards Ceremony

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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.

692017_NW_Siter_2TMACC 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.”

 

Over 100 Bicyclists Celebrate Bike to Work Day with TMACC

5.19.2017_6_Riding OutOver 100 bicyclists from over 10 Chester County businesses filled the Chester Valley Trail to celebrate National Bike to Work Day in Chester County hosted by the Foundation for the Improvement of Transportation (FIT); powered by TMACC.

For the past 7 years, TMACC and FIT have hosted a fun corporate challenge posed to Chester County’s businesses to bring out the most riders from a company.  The Bike to Work Day Challenge is an energy driven morning, which continues to grow as more people discover using the trail for their commutes.

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TMACC Executive Director, Tim Phelps, stated that the Chester Valley Trail has been a huge asset in promotion of biking to work.  “Since the Chester Valley Trail opened in 2010, we’ve leveraged it to celebrate bike to work day and promoting it as Chester County’s “US 202 for trails.”  It is a safe, convenient and accessible alternative to using your car to get to work.  We hope more people consider commuting by bike.”

5.19.2017_Cerner w TrophyThe ride culminated with breakfast and awards at the Royal Worthington, a luxury apartment complex located in the Uptown Worthington Town Center.  The winners of TMACC’s challenge was Cerner with over 40 riders.  Vanguard came in second with 18 riders and Traffic Planning, and Design were third with 13.

The Foundation for the Improvement of Transportation (FIT) is a 501 (c) 3 foundation managed by local transportation demand management advocacy organization, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC).

For more photos from Bike to Work Day, visit our Flickr site!

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