State College awarded $935,000 to strengthen public transit

CENTRE COUNTY, May 10 – Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded $935,000 to Centre County to improve public safety.

The funds will be used in State College for pedestrian safety through sidewalk improvements, fencing, street lights, street furniture and landscape features for traffic calming.

“Public safety plays an integral part in keeping our community secure over all,” Conklin said. “This grant not only bolsters the safety of our students and residents, but will also help in keeping the neighborhood beautiful.”

Grants were presented to communities to support transportation alternatives. Those include, on-and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve as a transportation purpose, along with safer routes to school projects.

Nearly $66.8 million was awarded to 82 projects across the commonwealth through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program, where the funds fall under Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.

For more information, visit PennDOT’s TA Set-Aside Funding Site.