Pedestrian Trail Could Connect CVT to Paoli Transportation Center
A county agency is studying the possibility of connecting Chester Valley Trail to the Paoli area, which is itself set for major redevelopment.
Editor's note: The following information comes from TMACC.
The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) received a $32,000 grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to evaluate a proposed trail connection between the Paoli Transportation Center and the Chester Valley Trail in Great Valley.
The Paoli Trail Connection, 1.2-mile long project, would connect central Paoli along West Central Avenue to the Chester Valley Trail (CVT) along Cedar Hollow Road. This intersection could also support a link to the proposed Patriots Path.
The proposed project would connect two major destinations: the Paoli Transportation Center and the Great Valley Corporate Center. Great Valley is the anchor of the Route 202 High-Tech Corridor and home to innovative companies such as Siemens, The Vanguard Group, IKON, Janssen Biotech, and Microsoft. More than 20,000 people currently work in the Great Valley area.
The Paoli-CVT Connector could support other local projects and initiatives that will improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians such as, TMACC's multi-modal study of the State Route 29 Corridor, the Patriots Path, Tredyffrin's Green Routes Network, Willistown's 2011 Comprehensive Plan, and Chester County's Landscapes2 growth management policy strategy.
Connecting transit hubs like Paoli with all modes of transportation is TMACC’S goal, said TMACC Executive Director P. Timothy Phelps. Phelps said the concept ideas for a new Paoli Transportation Center will accommodate all modes of transportation from cars to transit buses and shuttles to cyclists to pedestrians.
“Connecting Paoli to employment hubs with a network of trails and sidewalks enables more commuters to bike and walk to work. Less traffic; cleaner air,” he said.
TMACC is expected to begin work on the trail connector planning study later this summer.