Trappe Wins $607,314 ‘Red Light’ Grant for Traffic Safety

HARRISBURG PA – The Borough of Trappe is scheduled to receive a $607,314 gift to improve traffic safety, as a result of the negligence of drivers in Philadelphia who have been caught running red lights, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday (Dec. 7, 2020).

Trappe’s award represents the fourth-highest amount among grants presented to proposed safety projects in 13 separate municipalities. According to an application submitted to the state, the borough plans to use the money “to improve intersection pedestrian safety along Main Street, by intersection design and signal upgrades” that reflect current pedestrian standards.

The cash behind the grants, the state’s Automated Red Light Enforcement fund, comes from accumulated violation fines and penalties paid by drivers who allegedly zoomed through red lights at any of 31 Philadelphia intersections. The assistance distributed by Wolf totaled about $8.2 million.

The intersections are specifically chosen because they have a history of red-light running, the state said. At each sits an automated system that captures data and images to document red-light infractions. Bills for the amounts due are routinely mailed.

Competition for the grants was fierce, the state claimed. Overall, municipalities submitted 123 applications asking for almost $39.5 million in support. Winners were selected by an eight-member committee, which based its choices on several criteria: safety benefits, effectiveness, cost, and local and regional impact.

Accompanying Trappe as grant recipients were, in:

Allegheny County, the municipality of Penn Hills, $328,803;
Berks County, the city of Reading, , $812,416;
Blair County, Taylor Township, $60,000;
Bucks County, Bristol Township, $199,315;
Columbia County, Town of Bloomsburg, $359,231;
Montgomery County, Borough of Hatboro, $74,028; Hatfield Township, $300,000; and Upper Moreland Township, $288,750;
Northampton County, Borough of Wilson, $717,691;
Philadelphia County, the city of Philadelphia, $4 million;
Westmoreland County, Penn Township, $325,000; and
York County, Springettsbury Township, $143,539.

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