Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.
Blogosphere: Boehner and Gas Statistics
Out of thin air, House Speaker John Boehner sent an email yesterday with the subject line, "Labor Day Pain: Gas Prices Have Doubled on President Obama's Watch." As evidence of the "doubling" charge, Boehner links to his own website, where he claims...
Blogosphere: Transport's Role in Healthy Communities
New Public Health
The National Prevention Strategy is a national effort…
THINGS are starting to move along the Central Delaware - literally. Just this week, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is holding hearings on transit alternatives for a light-rail line along the river. This puts the exciting possibility of creating a dense, urban, pedestrian-friendly extension of the city to the waterfront one step closer to reality.....
The December 2008 report by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission analyzing transit-served areas in the Delaware Valley has been added to the Best Practices section. The report analyzes areas within a half-mile of rail transit stops. The majority of the data in this report comes from Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development.
The Delaware Valley has a diverse and extensive transit system, serving over one million riders per day. As fuel prices rise and road congestion in the region worsens, the value of that system becomes even more evident. Mass transit takes thousands of cars off the roads; provides affordable, comfortable, and efficient transportation; reduces the fossil fuel dependency of the region; and permits a denser, more walkable development pattern that enables us to curb suburban sprawl.
Mass transit usage has increased significantly in the Delaware Valley over the past few years. If the current trends of rising gas prices and increased reliance on alternative modes of transportation continue, it will be critical to embrace a transit-oriented growth pattern (i.e., to promote housing, retail, services, and jobs within close proximity of transit stations).
For these reasons, transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of DVRPC’s core priorities for the region. TOD refers to a…
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has produced several studies and station area plans that support transit-oriented development (TOD) in its nine-county region. By encouraging development around rail and bus facilities, DVRPC hopes to bring new investment to established communities, while also promoting increased transit ridership.
This document includes a TOD plan for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) pending reopening of the Wawa rail station in Chester Heights Borough, Delaware County. Prior to 1986, SEPTA’s R3 Regional Rail line extended west from Center City Philadelphia to West Chester in Chester County. Today the R3 line ends at Elwyn station in Middletown Township, Delaware County. In the 21 years that have elapsed since SEPTA discontinued rail service beyond Elwyn, western Delaware County has experienced significant population and job growth.
SEPTA currently plans to reinstate R3 Regional Rail service…