City of Philadelphia Named Leader in Transportation Innovation

Philadelphia, February 25, 2011- Today the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a study that recognizes Philadelphia as a “Smarter City” for its implementation of innovative transportation policies and practices. The NRDC study, conducted in collaboration with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), recognized Philadelphia for implementing efficient and sustainable initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life, boosting the local economy, improving health and reducing pollution.

The study recognized Philadelphia for taking a complete streets approach to transportation, increasing walking and bicycling amenities for residents and working to improve transit service. It references the new South Street Bridge’s wider sidewalks, separate pedestrian entrances and bicycle lanes that allow vehicles to safely and efficiently travel across the Schuylkill River. The U.S. Department of Transportation selected the City for a $17.5 million grant through the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program to fund a variety of projects that will close critical gaps in walking and bicycle trails across Philadelphia.

The study also recognizes the City’s partnership with SEPTA, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Food Trust to identify transit locations throughout the City that would provide citizens with access to fresh food markets. Target 10 of the Greenworks Philadelphia plan aims to bring local food within a 10 minute walk for 75 percent of residents.

“The City is committed to identifying and implementing initiatives that improve the quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Nutter. “We’re building a more livable City increasing fresh food and recreational opportunities and creating new opportunities for our citizens to live healthier and happier lives.”

Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, Rina Cutler said, “I am proud to have Philadelphia recognized for the work we are doing to give every resident and visitor real choices in how the travel around our city.”

The NRDC study relied on U.S. Census data and the CNT H+T Affordability Index (htaindex.cnt.org), which quantifies household transportation costs by location. To access the NRDC study, log onto http://www.nrdc.org/

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