Great Valley/Route 29 Multimodal Study Adopted!

This morning the board of the Transportation Management Association of Chester County officially adopted the Great Valley/Route 29 Multimodal Study! The study recommends dozens of potential projects to reduce the reliance of Great Valley travelers on automobiles. The recommendations include new sidewalks and shared use paths, bus stop improvements, better street crossings for pedestrians and bicyclists, and even some new multimodal street connections.

Watch this space in the future as TMACC moves forward with implementation of the plan!

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East Whiteland Township presentations

TMACC representatives presented an overview of the plan to the East Whiteland Township Planning Commission on January 22 and the Board of Supervisors on February 12. A copy of the presentation (the same for both meetings) is here. Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Final Draft Plan Presentation: Open to Public

Jeff Riegner, vice president of TMACC’s consultant, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, will present the final draft plan to the East Whiteland Township Planning Commission this Wednesday, January 22.  The meeting starts at 7:30 PM and we invite you to attend if available.

The meeting will be held at the East Whiteland Township Building located at…

209 Conestoga Road

Frazer, PA 19355

Please view the previous post to view the final draft plan.

We hope to see you there!

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Final draft report released for comment

Trail Topo Trace Reduced

The final draft report for the Great Valley/Route 29 Multimodal Study has been released! This report is the product of an active steering committee and input from dozens of stakeholders that participated in three public workshops.

To address changing demographics and ensure the Great Valley marketplace remains competitive well into the future, the study has developed a program of improvements designed to convert PA Route 29 from a high-speed auto-oriented corridor to a multimodal corridor that is walkable, bikeable, and conveniently served by transit. Implementation of the plan’s recommendations will also encourage transit use for work trips, promote walking and bicycling trips between destinations within the area, and connect to the Chester Valley Trail for both transportation and recreation purposes.

These improvements are designed to be implemented over several years and include:

  • An assessment of the need for multimodal facilities
  • Guidance for determining where sidewalks should be provided and priority locations
  • Recommendations for improving street crossings for pedestrians
  • Recommendations for pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Route 29 and along Swedesford Road, with background on issues and alternatives
  • Recommendations for types of bicycle facilities on other roads in the corridor
  • Recommendations for improved transit facilities and access
  • Potential new street links

We welcome your comments prior to the plan’s adoption in early 2014. If you participated in our workplace survey, visited a public workshop, or provided comments via email or blog, THANK YOU for your input! Because of you, the Great Valley/Route 29 Multimodal Study really reflects community concerns and provides a blueprint for the future that we can all support!

View or download the plan here: Great Valley Route 29 Final Draft. (14mb pdf)

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Come to the Final Public Workshop!

The final public workshop in the Route 29/Great Valley Multi-Modal Corridor Study is coming up!  TMACC invites you to come out to the last series to hear the recommendations Whitman, Requardt, and Associates have made for the Route 29 corridor.  Provide your comments and feedback at the workshop to the project team and get their insight on the construction and future of Route 29.

The workshop will be at 9 Great Valley Parkway on the the first floor.  It will be an open house from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.  Stop by and leave whenever you like!

To RSVP for the workshop, please click here.

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You’ve come to the Route 29 Workshop, now voice your input at our Paoli-Chester Valley Trail Public Meeting!

TMACC has received a grant from the William Penn Foundation to conduct a study on a potential bike and pedestrian trail from the Chester Valley Trail to the Paoli Train Station.  The trail would be from North Cedar Hollow Road, go through Central Avenue, then come up North Valley Road to the Paoli Train Station. 

Before we give any thought to construction of the trail, we need to investigate if the area proposed is even worth building a trail.  That is where we need your help!  Tomorrow at the Green Tree Office Plaza Suite 208A, 7 P.M., we will be holding a public meeting on the study.  The first public meeting will introduce the study to the public, as well as give an explanation of the previous study that chose Cedar Hollow Road to be the best site for the trail.  We will be taking questions as well as suggestions. 

WHY am I asking YOU to go?

Because you have shown that you want to make a change to Great Valley and Route 29.  You have given us great suggestions and specific feedback on the areas that need improvement in Great Valley and we think you would be a great deciding force in the Paoli-Chester Valley Trail Public Meeting.

To view more information about the study please visit the Paoli-Chester Valley Trail Connector Study’s blog at paolicvtconnector.wordpress.com .  We hope to see you there tomorrow evening!!

And yes, we haven’t forgotten about the Route 29/Great Valley Study.  Updates will be coming about it next week. 

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The Future of Great Valley Is Now!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first two workshops. We are two steps closer to finalizing a formal recommendation to local, county and state officials for improvements to the Route 29 corridor in Great Valley!

Great Valley commuters inspired TMACC to acquire the funding for this planning study. And, it will be your vision – not ours – that will influence plans for future development. Much like the very successful PA Turnpike Interchange at Route 29, the seeds were planted decades ago by Great Valley developers, employers and local and state officials. That project has resulted in an economic development boom for the region with the relocation of two pharmaceuticals giants, Endo and Shire, to the Route 29 corridor.

You have the power to create your own Great Valley legacy project – and you won’t have to wait decades to see some of your ideas implemented! No, we will not be able to break ground on that new Phoenixville-to-Paoli light rail project next month nor will we be able to convert the Route 29 corridor into a parkway with a grassy, tree-lined median this year. Funding has not been secured for those long-term projects. However, there are projects that can be completed within a year or two.

Designated bike lanes? Doable. A network of trails and sidewalks throughout Great Valley for commuting and lunchtime recreation? Feasible. New bus shelters, bike racks and lockers? Attainable.

Please review the concepts and alternatives (Workshop#2Boards – low res) that were developed based on comments from the first workshop held back in December and survey results from folks living and working within the Route 29 corridor. We want and need your comments! Your comments will be used to develop draft recommendations for your consideration at the third public workshop in June.

The deadline for comments is May 17.  Please submit your comments to Derrick Stokes at derrick@tmacc.org.

As you’re thinking about future trail connections to Great Valley, join TMACC and nearly 70 of our cycling friends for a 4-mile ride on the Chester Valley Trail at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 13 for our third annual Bike to Work Corporate Challenge. Coffee and breakfast will be provided at the end of the ride at Wegmans at Uptown Worthington in Great Valley. TMACC staff will be available to answer questions about the trail and the Great Valley Multimodal Planning Study.

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