The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Philadelphia-Camden-Trenton metropolitan area, defined as the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey. DVRPC was created in 1965 through an agreement between the two states and charged with the continuing, comprehensive, coordinated transportation and regional planning of the region.
As the designated MPO for the nine-county service area, DVRPC’s mission is to proactively shape a comprehensive vision for the region’s future growth and stability. DVRPC works to achieve this mission by providing technical assistance and services; conducting high-priority studies that meet the demands of its local governments; fostering cooperation among various constituencies to forge consensus on regional issues; and continuing public outreach efforts that enhance awareness of regional issues. DVRPC’s land use and transportation plans and policies affect citizens, businesses, and institutions in the Delaware Valley and beyond.
DVRPC is also responsible for allocating federal funds for transportation and transportation-related improvements in the region. The federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) directs MPOs to program and prioritize projects on a regional basis. The projects are drawn from DVRPC’s long-range land use and transportation plan, and include a broad range of activities, including roadway improvements, transit facilities, pedestrian services, goods movement, and parking enhancements.
Learn more the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission at www.dvrpc.org.
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