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PA 511Happy New Year! We saw our first real snowfall of the season last weekend, which is a good reminder to take precautions for when the weather deteriorates. PennDOT offers useful winter travel tips to ensure that you’re prepared, including tips on how to get your vehicle ready for the winter. Motorists can check conditions on state-owned roadways and by visiting www.511PA.com or following @511PAPhilly and @511PhillyStatewide on Twitter.

Sabatina to Chair Senate Transportation Committee

Senator John SabatinaI was sworn in to serve my first full term in the Pennsylvania Senate on Jan. 3. I’m excited to start a new term representing the Northeast, Bridesburg and Port Richmond. I’ve also been appointed to an important new role — Democratic chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session.

The Senate Transportation Committee is responsible for considering legislation related to transportation issues and reviewing work related to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

This is a significant committee that considers transportation issues impacting every corner of Pennsylvania. We are home to 120,000 miles of state and local highways and 32,000 state and local bridges and we have significant routes for interstate travel, so it’s crucial that they are properly maintained.

While we are making progress on repairing our structurally deficient roads and bridges, Pennsylvania still lags behind other states in infrastructure stability. Investing in our infrastructure is not only an investment in public safety, but also good jobs.

I’m looking forward to working with the committee members to debate important legislation that will sustain and improve our transportation systems.

The committee meets regularly when the Senate is in session and holds public hearings on timely matters throughout the year.

Riverfront Trail Project in Tacony Awarded State Grant

TrailThe City of Philadelphia has been awarded a significant state grant to expand the trail along the Delaware River in Tacony.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a $1 million Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant to construct a 6/10th of a mile, 12-foot-wide trail with landscaping and site amenities along the Delaware River between Magee Avenue and Princeton Avenue.

The project is part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile urban trail from Maine to Florida with a portion running along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia and the river wards.

This is part of a massive ongoing project to provide the community with access to the riverfront. The trail along the river allows folks to walk, run, bike and skate along the river without the worry of vehicular traffic. I’m pleased that the state is investing in the region’s efforts to enhance this land for recreational use and to contribute to the multi-state greenway. 

TAP, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives.  These include on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

 

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