West Chester Pike Coalition Forms to Improve Major Corridor Connecting Delaware and Chester Counties

Traffic on West Chester Pike in Upper Darby.

The Delaware County Planning Department and Chester County Planning Commission steered the first West Chester Pike Coalition meeting last month at the Newtown Township Municipal Building.
West Chester Pike (Pennsylvania Route 3) runs through 10 distinct communities in the two counties.

Representatives from Marple Township, Newtown Township, and Haverford Township in Delaware County; East Goshen Township and Willistown Township in Chester County; the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; and SEPTA attended the meeting.

The creation of this coalition stemmed from the DVRPC’s latest study on the corridor published in February 2016, entitled “Enhanced Bus Service on West Chester Pike.”

The study supports the improvement of the Route 104 bus service operating from 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby to West Chester University.

Key findings from the study emphasized the need to activate a group of stakeholders that could work together to improve conditions along West Chester Pike. The coalition seeks to enhance transportation, safety, and quality of life along this significant business and transportation corridor.

The first meeting addressed the coalition’s vision and mission. The members present spoke about the issues facing West Chester Pike that are of most concern to them. They also collectively discussed the goals that the coalition should strive to achieve. The strategy is to involve all municipalities – as well as major employers, business associations, universities, and Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) – along the corridor in these discussions. The goal is to come up with improvement actions that meet the needs of individuals and businesses in all of the affected communities.

Click here to read more about the West Chester Pike Coalition.

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