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Blossom at Bartram! Complete Streets Project

June 9, 2022

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SEPTA, in partnership with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the City of Philadelphia, is taking a holistic look at all modes and users on Grays Ave, Lindbergh Blvd, 49th Street, and streets connecting to the Schuylkill River Corridor to improve safety, public health, and livability.

In support of this effort, SEPTA is hosting two information and engagement opportunities to provide an update and receive feedback from the community:

Saturday, June 11 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

In-person Pop-up Event

Grassy Triangle

62nd St. & Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

*Stop by this pop-up to talk with staff and share your thoughts.

Wednesday, June 15 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Virtual Workshop

Registration:  https://mercerplanning.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsfuyppjMsHNfHtYLvHKZqGlxSPP4gTlxw

*  Interactive virtual event focused on roadway alternatives for 49th, Grays & Lindbergh.

Blossom at Bartram is an early action element of SEPTA’s Trolley Modernization initiative. SEPTA wants Trolley Modernization to be more useful to more people and contribute to the overall vibrancy of the communities served by the Trolley network. This corridor has been identified by the City of Philadelphia as part of its High Injury Network, with three people killed and one seriously injured between 2014 and 2018. This corridor—located along Grays Avenue and Lindbergh Boulevard—is also home to a segment of the Route 36 trolley.

This critical corridor connects residential areas and a potential health sciences hub to major nearby employment centers in University City and Center City. However, the roadway safety issues make it difficult for residents to access these opportunities, and ridership at trolley stops along this portion of the Route 36 are low. High-speed vehicle traffic caused by a poorly defined right-of-way and limited speed controls makes safely boarding and exiting the Route 36 trolley difficult, and significant issues with short dumping, abandoned vehicles, tractor trailer storage, and auto-body shop overflow leads to unsafe and blocked pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Last year, SEPTA was awarded funding from the Federal Transportation Administration’s (FTA) HOPE Grant program to support transportation improvement projects in areas of persistent poverty that enable economic opportunity. SEPTA’s HOPE Grant study period is scheduled to be completed by summer 2022.

 

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