TIGER Grant Award to Camden
Philadelphia and Camden have received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to build multiple trail segments of a regional network. On February 17th, U.S.DOT announced the application submitted by local Pennsylvania and New Jersey was awarded $23 million from its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary grant program. Camden has been awarded its full ask of $5.8 million.
This multi-jurisdictional project, called Generating Recovery by Enhancing Active Transportation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (GREAT-PA/NJ), will significantly complete an integrated, multi-county bicycle pedestrian network for the region. By increasing non-motorized transportation access between Camden City and Philadelphia, and filling in critical gaps between existing trails, such as Cooper River Park Trail, Schuylkill River Trail and the East Coast Greenway, this grant will help connect over 128 miles of bicycle trails in the metro region, providing more active transportation options and more multi-modal connections for over 6 million residents and countless visitors.
As part of the Camden GreenWay trail network vision, this grant will help expand an active transportation network of trails through Camden City, Camden County and the South Jersey suburbs. All connections will provide improved access between Philadelphia and South Jersey, with Camden City serving as the hub. Walking and biking access to public transit will also be improved, especially along MLK Boulevard, where the Walter Rand Transportation Center services the PATCO high speed line, the RiverLINE light rail as well as NJ Transit bus service.
Through these trails as part of an overall trail network, the region’s livability will be enhanced by increasing active transportation, connecting residential neighborhoods to commercial corridors and places of work, connecting residents to transit stops, sparking economic development, enhancing underserved neighborhoods’ access to green space and alternatives modes of transportation and improving public health. The region’s sustainability will be enhanced by decreasing total numbers of vehicle miles traveled, improving air quality and promoting regional and local riverfront redevelopment.
As part of this grant, Camden County & CFDA will receive funding for three crucial trail connector projects in Camden -- Pearl Street Pedestrian/Bicycle Improvement Project (Ben Franklin Bridge Connector), Martin Luther King Boulevard Waterfront Connection and Pine Street Greenway Enhancement Project. All of these corridors will be redeveloped increase walking and bicycling access for all residents of Camden City and Camden County.