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…