On March 6, Pennsylvania senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has funded a TIGER grant for the completion of Schuylkill River Trail addition that will connect Christian Street to 34th Street in Bartram’s Garden. This $12 million federal grant will bridge the gap known as the Grays Ferry Crescent.
The Schuylkill River Trail has been recognized as one of the nation’s best urban trails by USA Today.
“Investing in the Schuylkill River Trail expansion isn’t just about enhancing another one of the City of Philadelphia’s many tourist attractions – this is an investment in the economy, health and growth of the city,” said Senator Casey. “Providing a safe and sustainable way for residents to commute and enjoy the city not only makes it attractive for newcomers but also for businesses.”
“Congratulations to the City of Philadelphia and all its partners on the awarding of this TIGER grant,” said Senator Toomey. “The Schuylkill River Trail is one of the country’s preeminent and scenic recreational areas serving as a destination for runners, family outings, and those looking to relax. And now, this grant will help improve the trail even more by connecting Center City to Southwest Philly. I was pleased to endorse the city’s application for this project and thank Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation for their support.”
“This investment is critical to improving our already amazing Schuylkill River Trail system, will increase access among communities and help all residents of Philadelphia remain, healthy and active,” said Mayor Kenney.
“This is great news and will allow for the closing of this existing trail gap,” said Schuylkill River Development Corporation President and CEO Joseph Syrnick. “Congratulations to the city and thanks to Senators Casey and Toomey and the decision-makers at USDOT for their support of this grant and this project.”
The total project construction cost is estimated at $36 million. Other funding has been pledged by the commonwealth, the city, the William Penn Foundation, and others.