Montgomery County has a new grant program that uses revenues from the $5 County Vehicle Registration Fee to expand the reach of transportation investment and achieve the goals of the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision. Approximately $1 million will be available each year to fund transportation projects throughout the county.
Pennsylvania’s 2013 transportation funding law (Act 89) contains a provision that authorizes counties to add $5 to each annual vehicle registration to fund critical county infrastructure. The money can only be used for the maintenance and improvements of roads, bridges, and traffic signals. Montgomery County enacted this resolution in September 2016 and collects nearly $3 million each year to support the repair of county-owned roads and bridges, and fund the County Transportation Program.
On October 17, 2019, the Montgomery County Commissioners announced that projects in six municipalities in the county will receive County Transportation Program (CTP) grants for the 2019 selection cycle. These grants, which total $1,008,570 across the six municipalities, are part of the second grant round under the CTP. Municipalities were invited to apply during the 2019 cycle for funds to implement projects that include road construction and repair, traffic sign and signal installation, crosswalk markings, curb ramps, pedestrian trails within public right-of-way, and street lighting. Projects were evaluated in terms of the benefit and visibility to the overall public, county and local planning consistency, readiness, and funding support by a committee consisting of members of the Montgomery County Planning Commission Board and the Montgomery County Transportation Authority and interdepartmental county staff. The grant will be distributed as a reimbursement for eligible costs as the work is performed.