Program/Project Name: TIGER Bike Trail Network
Funding Category: Improving Transportation and Infrastructure
Programs Supported Through Funding: The funds will be applied to the gaps in the City’s bike trail network. Comprising of over 7 miles of multi-use trails to be completed in seven segments that provide missing links in the regional system within the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey metropolitan area.
Why Apply for this Grant?
The U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) received and reviewed over 1,400 applications for grants under the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program. This project was one of 60 selected out of an application pool requesting over $57 billion in funding. The City was the official applicant, with collaboration among the City, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (Bike Coalition). Signed by six governmental agencies, including letters of support from host of political leaders and organizations. The collaboration was awarded $23 million of the original $36 million ask, and, of that, Philadelphia will receive $17.2 million and Camden will receive $5.8 million. Of the ten of the 17 projects that were funded, seven are in Philadelphia and three are in Camden.
Use of Funds: To surface transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the national, metropolitan or a regional scale. The Project was one of only a small number of projects that USDOT selected to receive a TIGER Discretionary Grant, based on its contribution to improve livability and reduce auto travel and emissions by providing walking and traveling options, and connecting residential and employment centers.
For a map and listing of the approved projects included in the award, please click here.
Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:
Q9: To be determined
*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.