Saturday, June 02, 2012

"The Circuit" Promises To Make Trail Connections Beyond The Philadelphia Region

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and dignitaries from both sides of the Delaware River made the formal announcement for "The Circuit". A 750 mile regional trail network that cover all of the Greater Philadelphia Region including Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.
Planning for the Circuit will unify a fractured network of multi-use trails. Currently in the 9 County Philadelphia Region 250 miles of trails are complete including the Schuylkill River Trail and The East Coast Greenw. 50 miles of trails are in the planning or construction phases including sections of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the East Coast Greenway. Those trails are to be connected by another 450 miles of planned trails estimated to cost about 250 Million dollars to build. While that may seem to be a lot of money, laying out the project over a 20 year timeline would only account for 1% of the Philadelphia Regions transportation and transit budget.

But as the map shows the Circuit will be making connections far beyond the Liberty Bell. The East Coast Greenway will run from Maine to Florida but trails in Camden and Gloucester County could link up with the regional trail being developed in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Mercer County's trails could link with Monmouth's growing network by prioritizing the Capital to Coast Trail. And so on...

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