Measuring Success

How we CONNECT

2021

The Landscapes3 Connect Goal is to "Advance efficient, reliable, and innovative transportation, utility, and communications infrastructure systems that responsibly serve thriving and growing communities." The following success stories represent key examples of how this goal has been realized through the actions of public and private entities throughout Chester County. This listing is not exhaustive and there are many more such success stories to be found around the county.

Photo Bill Mason Bridge

In April 2021, Downingtown's former Chestnut Street Bridge (a nearly 100-year old landmark) reopened as the Bill Mason Bridge. The new bridge reconnects people to two neighboring municipalities, Downingtown Borough and East Caln Township, over the regional train tracks leading eastbound to Philadelphia and beyond. This project helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 1, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

PhotoCoatesville Train Station Project

In October 2021, Gov. Tom Wolf, along with several office holders and officials, shoveled and tossed dirt to mark the groundbreaking for the new Coatesville train station. The target date for completion is the fall of 2025. The station will feature two platforms, at 536 feet each, and elevators. A pedestrian tunnel will connect one side to the other. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 6, "Promote regional rail service."

PhotoSouthern Chester County Circuit Trail Feasibility Study

In July 2021, CCPC wrapped up an 18-month study to determine the feasibility of a multi-use trail connecting Chester County's southern communities to the Circuit — Greater Philadelphia's existing multi-use trail network. Recommendations included 20 miles of improvements along Baltimore Pike to create a unified "Baltimore Pike Bikeway," and two multi-use trails along the US 1 Expressway: one in the in Kennett area, and one in the Oxford area. This project helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 2, "Advance multimodal transportation."

PhotoSchuylkill River Trail

In Spring of 2021, Chester County Commissioners and other officials celebrated the groundbreaking of Phase II of the Schuylkill River Trail Extension Project. Phase II includes a $6 million, four-mile paved extension that takes the trail from Linfield Road at Parker Ford, to the new Route 422 Bridge crossing of the Schuylkill River. Phase II also includes the construction of a new trailhead parking lot at Linfield Road, and the resurfacing of the county's existing 5.75-mile section of the trail. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 7, "Create a countywide, interconnected trail network."

Chesco Clean Energy Initiatives: Clean Energy/Solar Tour, C-PACE, and Transition Plan

More than 15 homes, schools, and businesses joined to form the largest local tour as part of the American Solar Energy Society's (ASES) 26th Annual National Solar Tour in 2021. Additionally, the county approved the C-PACE plan (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy), which helps commercial property owners obtain low-cost, financing for energy efficiency, and water conservation projects. The county also funded a Clean Energy Transition Plan for several municipalities in the Phoenixville area through the VPP. These initiatives help to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 9, "Support a clean and resilient energy network."

PhotoEPA's Green Power Partnership

In March 2021, Chester County was accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Green Power Partner. The EPA noted the County's purchase of 20,460,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the county's own electricity use. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Objective E, "Promote safe, sustainable, and resilient energy and communications systems at the local, regional, and national level."

PhotoClean Energy Webpage

CCPC provided updates to the Clean and Sustainable Energy webpage including information and resources such as alternative energy, electric vehicles, the Climate Action Plan, tools for clean energy, and sustainable energy practices including examples such as Westminster, Parkesburg, and Chester County's Green Building. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 10, "Enhance water, sewer, and land use planning."

PhotoComplete Streets Policy

The county's Complete Streets Policy, approved in October 2021, provides guidance for how streets may be planned, designed, retrofitted, and maintained to facilitate travel in a safe, convenient, and comfortable manner for all users regardless of their transportation mode. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Objective C, "Provide universally accessible sidewalks, trails, and public transit connections to create a continuous active transportation network within designated growth areas, and develop multi-use trails to interconnect all communities."

PhotoThe Outfitter — Coatesville/Gap Shuttle

In February 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) launched the Outfitter Shuttle which serves as an employee shuttle and public bus route providing limited stop service from the City of Coatesville to the Urban Outfitters Distribution Center in Gap, Lancaster County. This service helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Objective A and Recommendation 5, "Meet travel needs and reduce congestion through transportation demand management, roadway improvements, and expanded public transportation," and "Promote bus service within growing areas."

2020

The Landscapes3 Connect Goal is to "Advance efficient, reliable, and innovative transportation, utility, and communications infrastructure systems that responsibly serve thriving and growing communities." The following success stories represent key examples of how this goal has been realized through the actions of public and private entities throughout Chester County. This listing is not exhaustive and there are many more such success stories to be found around the county.

PhotoU.S. 202 Section 200 Operations Analysis

Throughout 2020, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission conducted the U.S. 202 Section 200 Operations Analysis. This three-year study addresses a segment of U.S. Route 2020 in central Chester County. This analysis helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 1, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

PhotoPreliminary Plans for the Route 82 Interchange

In January 2020, PennDOT presented preliminary plans for the Route 82 interchange of the U.S. 30 Bypass. The plans were displayed during a public meeting at the Wagontown Fire Company. Approximately 100 attendees reviewed four intersection design alternatives and provided feedback. This effort helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 1, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

PhotoBeaver Creek Trail Feasibility Study

In February 2020, the Caln Township Commissioners accepted the Beaver Creek Trail Feasibility Study produced by the Brandywine Conservancy. This three-mile proposed trail that mostly extends along Beaver Creek will connect Manor Avenue (U.S. 322) in Downingtown Borough to Municipal Drive in Caln Township. This study helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 7, "Create a countywide, interconnected trail network."

PhotoExton Train Station Reconstruction Completed

In March 2020, the multi-phase reconstruction of Exton Train Station was completed. The project included construction of a new building with restrooms for customers, along with new sheltered passenger waiting areas. The parking lots were rebuilt to improve traffic flow and safety. This construction project helps to implement I Connect Recommendation 1, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

Active Transportation Inventory (ATI)

During 2020, the Planning Commission conducted a county-wide Active Transportation Inventory focusing on bicycle and pedestrian facilities. This initiative involved the inventory and review of existing municipal ordinances and plans, as well as bicycle, pedestrian, or transit documents completed for all of the county's 73 municipalities. This effort helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 2, "Advance multimodal transportation."

PhotoCompletion of the US 322 Bridge

In June 2020, PennDOT completed the replacement of the U.S. 322 Bridge between Sugars Bridge Road and Skelp Level Road in East and West Bradford Townships. This bridge replacement project included the reuse of the abandoned road alignment as a parking facility for a nearby trail. This successful project helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 1, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

PhotoSouthern Chester County Circuit Trail Feasibility Study

In July 2020, a virtual public meeting was held to gather stakeholder and community input on a proposed development of an off-road, multi-use trail connecting the boroughs and growth areas in southern Chester County. A draft recommended alignment was then presented at a meeting in October. This study helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 2,"Advance multimodal transportation."

PhotoInteractive Online Circuit Trails Map

In July 2020, the Planning Commission completed a new online Circuit Trails Status Map. The map includes existing and proposed trails, along with design, engineering, and construction information. Because the map is a digital online resource, it will be updated as changes occur and the trails network expands. This information helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 2, "Advance multimodal transportation."

New Replacement Bridge in Coventry Township

In August 2020, County Bridge #255 (Halteman Road over Pigeon Creek) in Coventry Township opened after reconstruction. The East Coventry Historical Commission assisted the county in creating a sensitive design for the bridge, constructed in 1914. This project helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 1, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

Paoli Pike Trail Construction Benchmarks

As of September 2020, Segments F and G of East Goshen Township's Paoli Pike Trail were completed. The 2.7 mile trail will extend from Line Road to Airport Road. The project was divided into 7 segments (A-G). Segments C-E are slated for construction in late 2020, while engineering is progressing for segment B. This trail helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 7, "Create a countywide, interconnected trail network."

PhotoChester Valley Trail at Main Street in Exton

In September 2020, a ribbon cutting ceremony opened a pedestrian and bicycle link which connects the Chester Valley Trail to the Exton Train Station, along Route 100 in the vicinity of the Main Street Mall. This improvement helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Objective C, "Provide universally accessible sidewalks, trails, and public transit connections to create a continuous active transportation network within designated growth areas, and develop multi-use trails to interconnect all communities."

County Purchase of Renewable Energy

In April 2020, the County Commissioners approved an amendment to the county's purchasing agreement to ensure that 100 percent of the power used by the county is offset with renewable energy power. In this case, wind energy. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Objective E, "Promote safe, sustainable, and resilient energy and communications systems at the local, regional, and national level."

Developments Connecting to Public Sewers

By September 2020, the Planning Commission conducted 19 PA Act 537 sewage facilities reviews for proposed developments in the county's Urban, Suburban, or Suburban centers. Of these, 15 were connected to public sewers as is preferred. This helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Objective F, "Coordinate water and sewage facilities planning with land use planning so that development is directed toward designated growth areas with adequate and well maintained infrastructure."

Route 52 Bridge Reopens

Closed for repairs since August 2019, the Route 52 Bridge between Pocopson Road and Creek Road in Birmingham Township reopened to the public in July 2020. Improvements included a major bridge rehabilitation, additional room for turning vehicles, and a permanent flashing left turn arrow. This helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Objective A, "Meet travel needs and reduce congestion through transportation demand management, roadway improvements, and expanded public transportation."

Penn Township Receives Intersection Award

The improvement and realignment of the intersection of state Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike at the site of the former Red Rose Inn was the co-recipient of the 2020 Pennsylvania Road and Bridge Improvement Award in the Roadway Category. The award was recognized by state and local officials, and helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 2, "Advance multimodal transportation."

PhotoHomeowners/Residents Helping the Environment

In 2020, Chester County homeowners stepped up to the challenge of helping our environment in various ways. Homeowners Judy and Denis Nicholson provided examples from their 100% renewable energy home located in Cheyney, allowing other homeowners to take and share similar ideas. This helps to implement Landscapes3 Connect Recommendation 9, "Support a resilient and clean energy network."

2019

During 2019, public and private organizations undertook various initiatives that helped to implement the Landscapes3 Connect Goal, "Advance efficient, reliable, and innovative transportation, utility, and communications infrastructure systems that responsibly serve thriving and growing communities." The following success stories highlight some of the more notable initiatives.

PhotoSEPTA Announced Planned Extension to Coatesville

In March of 2019, the Chester County Commissioners awarded SEPTA a $1 million grant to help restore regional rail train service to Coatesville. The total project budget is $21 million. Improvements will include parking and a new station on Fleetwood Street. It is estimated that construction will take about three years. Service will begin once the new station is completed. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Expand regional rail service."

PhotoConstruction of Exton Train Station Improvements

In 2019, the reconstruction of Exton Station was undertaken as a coordinated effort between SEPTA, PennDOT, Amtrak, and West Whiteland Township. The project included a new station building and new sheltered passenger waiting areas. The outbound parking lot was extended, and the inbound parking lot was rebuilt. Covered bicycle parking was also installed. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

PhotoPaoli Train Station Improvements Officially Completed

In September 2019, Amtrak and SEPTA completed the Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements Project, a process which began in 2016. The project upgraded the 66-year old station with a new platform, elevators, stairs and ramps, a pedestrian overpass, parking lot improvements, and ADA enhancements to the existing station building. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."

Photo"Trails, Trains, and Traffic" Transportation Forum

In December 2019, the Planning Commission held the "Trails, Trains & Traffic" forum. It addressed the 2019 transportation needs which included 533 proposed roadway, bridge, bicycle and pedestrian, freight, and transit projects. Updates were provided for the county trails, and station improvements at Devon, Paoli, East Whiteland, Exton, Downingtown, and Coatesville. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Advance multimodal transportation."

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