82 Improvement Projects to Bolster Public Transit, Communities Across Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the commonwealth.

“Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said.

The administration awarded $66.8 million through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside. The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

“Our citizens are taking advantage of an array of trails and improvements that enhance the state’s quality of life, and these new investments will build on our successes in making Pennsylvania an attractive place to live and work,” Richards added.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.

The following is a list of awards for the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside for Venango County.


  • Venango County – $1,000,000 for construction of a multi-use trail along the Route 8/US 62 corridor in coordination with a PennDOT safety project.
  • City of Franklin – $966,760 to rehabilitate and install new lighting, sidewalk, curbing and driveway aprons in downtown Franklin.
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