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Trail Master Plan

The Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is the first of its kind in Philadelphia. The plan was recommended in Philadelphia2035 to coordinate the planning and construction of trail systems.  It inventories existing trails and details and prioritizes more than 60 proposed trail segments citywide. The goal of the plan is to communicate City priorities with one voice and document.  The implementation of the plan is led by the Philadelphia Trail Committee, which includes representatives from the Planning Commission, Parks & Recreation, Mayor's Office of Transportation & Utilities, Streets, Commerce and Water departments, and other agencies that impact trail development citywide.

The Philadelphia Trail Committee meets quarterly for updates on trail activity citywide, to set City funding priorities for trail funding sources, and to guide the next steps of the Philadelphia Trail Master Plan.
The implementation of the Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is an on-going coordinated effort between City agencies and non-profit trail partners. The Philadelphia Trail Committee is the implementing body for the plan and meets quarterly to set City priorities, hear about new developments on trails citywide, rank projects that apply for various trail funding programs, and guide the next steps and annual update for the plan. 

In October 2014, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University hosted the Philadelphia Trail Update where City agencies and trail development partners presented upcoming projects for the Philadelphia trail network.  

Annual updates of the plan are an important aspect of implementation, as the criteria used to determine priorities for proposed projects change over time. The 2015 Philadelphia Trail Plan Update updated the priority analysis to reflect changes in projects since the 2013 document. In addition, the report included information on high impact trail projects, listed funding retained for Philadelphia trails in the last year, and detailed next steps. Read the 2014 report and the 2015 report. The 2017 annual update included an interactive map. The 2018 annual update includes a prioritization list for proposed trail segments as well as for rehabilitation of existing trails.  

In 2016, the Rail Trail PHL Feasibility Study was completed. This was a collaborative effort by PCPC and Parks & Recreation to review proposed trail connections for the Fox Chase Lorimer Trail, Parkside Cynwyd Trail, and Airport Fort Mifflin Trail.  The study was funded by DVRPC through a TCDI grant.

Please direct any questions or comments on these materials to David Kanthor.