Resources

Here you’ll find information on technical assistance and funding programs as well as DVRPC, county, and municipal programs relating to pedestrian infrastructure planning, design, and construction.

Technical Assistance & Funding Programs

DVRPC and our federal, state, and local partners offer a variety of resources that relate to sidewalk planning and development, as well as funding for sidewalk design and construction. This section highlights some of these resources.

Visit DVRPC’s Municipal Funding Guide for a searchable database of different state and county funding programs that may support building pedestrian infrastructure. 

DVRPC’s TCDI program is a competitive grant program that supports the implementation of the region’s long-range plan. TCDI focuses on linking land use and transportation planning. 

DVRPC created the Safe Routes to Transit technical assistance program to help municipalities and counties navigate the often-complex process of designing and funding pedestrian and bicycle improvements around rail stations. Learn more about the program and past participants here. 

The popular Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is now a part of the larger TA Set-Aside Programs. However, the program objectives remain the same: to enable and encourage children in grades kindergarten to eighth grade to walk and bicycle to school by creating programs or planning, developing, and implementing projects that improve pedestrian safety around schools. 

Learn more about New Jersey’s program and Pennsylvania’s program.

The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) program is a competitive program that uses funds “set-aside” from the core Federal-aid Highway Program. These programs, administered by each state Department of Transportation, provides federal funds for community-based “nontraditional” surface transportation projects, such as design and construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and streetscaping and corridor landscaping, among other types of projects. 

Learn more about New Jersey’s program and the 2020 round by visiting the NJDOT Local Aid Resource Center.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s program and its most recent funding round in 2018 on DVRPC’s webpage.

DVRPC’s competitive CMAQ program seeks to fund transportation projects that will improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in the DVRPC Region. CMAQ-eligible projects will demonstrably reduce air pollution emissions and help the DVRPC region meet the federal health based air quality standards. Eligible projects can include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, among other types of projects. DVRPC administers the CMAQ program for both state Departments of Transportation. Learn more about the most recent round on DVRPC’s webpage

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DVRPC Programs

DVRPC is investing in pedestrian planning and infrastructure! Learn about our efforts to collect data, complete plans and studies, create tools, and fund other planning projects through the nine-county region. 

A common transportation planning adage is that every trip is a pedestrian trip, including trips by car, which begin and end on foot. As a result, pedestrian planning and the consideration of pedestrian needs are integral elements of nearly all of DVRPC’s planning. Learn more on our site.

DVRPC counts bicyclists and pedestrians because count data helps us understand and plan for the role bicyclists and pedestrians play in our transportation network. Our counting program consists of four types of counts: Project Counts, Cyclical Counts, Screenline Counts and Permanent Counts. Learn more on our site.

DVRPC’s Regional Trails Program provides planning assistance and financial support to trail developers, counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations to complete the Circuit, Greater Philadelphia’s 800-plus-mile network of multiuse trails. With financial support from the William Penn Foundation, the Regional Trails Program has provided $20 million in funding to over 110 trail planning, design, and construction projects to date.DVRPC counts bicyclists and pedestrians because count data helps us understand and plan for the role bicyclists and pedestrians play in our transportation network. Our counting program consists of four types of counts: Project Counts, Cyclical Counts, Screenline Counts and Permanent Counts. Learn more on our site.

County Programs

The DVRPC region is made up of nine counties and over 350 municipalities. Sidewalks and other pedestrian infrastructure, such as ADA-ramps and crosswalks, are often identified as important community needs. Several counties have programs that encourage people to walk and help municipalities plan for and build more pedestrian facilities. 

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Municipal Planning Efforts

Planning for pedestrian facilities and requiring the installation and maintenance of sidewalks, usually happens at the municipal level.