EAST WHITELAND>>Kennett Township and East Goshen Township were among recipients of awards for work officials there did to improve transportation and transportation services, and to include Transportation Demand Management strategies in their communities.
The awards presented last week by The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) also went to the Delaware Valley Regional Commission and Donna Siter of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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 work 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.
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.
“We are proud to have members who live into TMACC’s mission of improving mobility throughout Chester County, said Tim Phelps, TMACC executive director. “We are excited to support and recognize the good work being completed by our members.”
Transportation Demand Management 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.
The Transportation Management Association of Chester County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion through transportation demand management strategies with public and private partners. They are a membership based organization comprised of over 120 corporations, universities, engineering and planning firms, banks, law, small businesses, governmental organizations, and elected officials.