Funding approved for state projects to boost public transit

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From staff reports

Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards on Tuesday announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the state.

Projects on the list are in Venango, Forest and Mercer counties. They include:

– Venango County – $1 million for construction of a multi-use trail along the Route 8/Route 62 corridor in coordination with a PennDOT safety project.

– City of Franklin – $966,760 to rehabilitate and install new lighting, sidewalk, curbing and driveway aprons in downtown Franklin.

– Jenks Township (Forest County) – $1,196,169 to construct a six-mile segment of trail and a trail hub that will serve cyclists, snowmobiles and equestrians.

The project will provide a link to several trails, including the North Country Trail, Knox to Kane Trail, and the Allegheny National Forest trail system.

– Springfield Township (Mercer County) – $574,920 for the second phase of a multimodal trail along Route 208 connecting multiple land uses, including the municipal building, future township park, the airport, and numerous hotels and commercial developments.

“Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.

The administration awarded $66.8 million through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.

The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.