Generating Recovery by Enhancing Active Transportation in Pennsylvania & New Jersey (GREAT-PA/NJ)



February 17, 2010 -  The US Department of Transportation awarded $23 million for biking and walking trails in Philadelphia and Camden through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program.

Background: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia assembled a coalition of six county and state agencies to submit $36 million worth of trail construction projects to complete vital sections of the Schuylkill River Trail and East Coast Greenway trail. 

The proposal was assembled along with Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities and Mayor Nutter's Metropolitan Caucus. The proposal received letters of support from more than 52 elected officials, institutions and non-profit organizations, including all four Senators and eight Members of Congress in the region.

Ultimately, only the Philadelphia and Camden sections were funded through the $23 million grant award.  The coalition will continue to pursue other funding sources to ensure that all trail gaps are eventually filled and the region can enjoy a truly expansive system of connected walking and biking trails.

Click here to see a map of the regional trail network. The segments that received TIGER funding are:

CSX Pedestrian Bridge  Philadelphia  
 Walnut Street Gateway    Philadelphia
 Boardwalk to South Street  Philadelphia 
 Delaware Avenue to Betsy Ross Bridge  Philadelphia 
Bartram's Garden Trail   Philadelphia
 Shawmont to Port Royal Avenue Philadelphia 
 58th Street Connector  Philadelphia
 Benjamin Franklin Bridge Ramp/Pearl Street   Camden 
 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard  Camden 
 Pine Street Corridor Camden

The segments in Camden were fully funded but the total amount funded for the Philadelphia segments was less than the original amount requested. Stay tuned for details on how each Philadelphia section could be impacted by the reduced funding amount.

The full grant proposal is available by clicking here.  Remember that the actual amount funded does not include the trail segments in Schuylkill, Montgomery, Bucks counties that were proposed in this document. 


The GREAT-PA/NJ coalition can implement these projects very quickly because each project has been in progress for years, even decades. Multiple government agencies and non-profit organizations have shepherded these projects and have garnered considerable local support for them. As a result of all this hard work, many segments have reached the point where they are ready, or nearly ready, for construction.

In an era when the Philadelphia Metro region is competing with Hong Kong, Paris, Mexico City, and other metropolitan regions across the world, this regional network will be a unique asset. The network can create more sustainable transportation options and more livable communities that will draw visitors, employers and new residents to the region. People across the Mid-Atlantic region will be able to take advantage of this green infrastructure network in the Delaware Valley.

Thank you to the following for their Letters of Support for the grant application:

Congressional Delegation 

  • Senator Arlen Specter
  • Senator Robert P. Casey
  • Senator Frank Lautenberg
  • Senator Robert Menendez
  • Congressman Rob Andrews
  • Congressman Robert Brady
  • Congressman Jim Gerlach
  • Congressman Joe Sestak
  • Congressman Patrick Murphy
  • Congressman Tim Holden
  • Congressman Chaka Fattah
  • Congresswoman Alyson Schwartz 

State Level 

  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Senator Daylin Leach
  • Senator Lawrence Farnese
  • Senator Anthony Williams
  • Senator Vincent Hughes
  • Representative Kathy Mandarino
  • Representative Babette Josephs
  • Representative Kenyatta Johnson
  • Representative Ronald Waters 


  • Philadelphia City Council President Anna Verna
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Philadelphia City Council Resolution 090530
  • Philadelphia City Council Resolution 090134
  • Bucks County Redevelopment Authority
  • Camden County Parks Department
  • Schuylkill Conservation District 


  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Bartram's Garden
  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Camden Greenways, Inc.
  • Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee
  • Camden Riversharks Baseball Club
  • Cooper University Hospital
  • Delaware River City Corporation
  • East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Greater Camden Partnership
  • Greenspace Alliance
  • Friends of Ivy Ridge Trail
  • Manayunk Development Corporation
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council
  • Rails to Trails Conservancy
  • Red Cross-Southeastern PA Chapter
  • South Jersey Tourism Board
  • Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area
  • Schuylkill River Development Corporation
  • Schuylkill Project
  • Schuylkill River Park Alliance  
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