Community Project Requests

This year, the U.S. House of Representatives will be implementing Community Project Funding (CPF). Community Project Funding provides Members of Congress more input in the funding decisions that directly impact their districts by allowing local community groups to request project funding. 

I am allowed to submit 10 general appropriations community project requests and 5 Transportation and Infrastructure Community Project Requests. Below are the lists of project requests I am submitting; these funding requests may or may not be approved by the relevant committee and then must proceed through the regular legislative process:

Transportation and Infrastructure Community Project Requests

Proposed Recipient: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Address of Recipient: Garden Street and Beaver Street, Bristol, PA 19007

Amount of Request: $5,000,000

Explanation of Request: The Bristol Station Improvements project entails a comprehensive program of improvements at the Bristol Station on the Trenton Regional Rail Line. The station platforms will be reconstructed to high-level with high-quality shelters and integrated emergency low-level platforms. The existing stairways will be improved, and elevators from the street level to the platforms will be installed. This project will benefit the 759 average weekday passengers who use Bristol Station.

Installation of elevators in concert with high-level platforms will make Bristol Station fully Americans with Disabilities Act accessible. The high-level platforms will further allow all riders to board or disembark from trains quicker and easier, as well as facilitate SEPTA’s long-term plans for improvements on the Regional Rail network. Improved stairways, new canopies, and high-quality platform shelters are welcome amenities that will make waiting at and riding from Bristol Station more pleasant and convenient for riders.

The emergency low-level platforms will allow for safe movements of passengers and SEPTA personnel between trains and the station in certain adverse circumstances. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Address of Recipient: Lower State Road, Doylestown PA 18901

Amount of Request: $1,200,000

Explanation of Request: SEPTA will apply enhanced dynamic envelope pavement traffic control markings and install four-quadrant gates at the grade crossing where SEPTA’s Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail line crosses Lower State Road.

Dynamic envelope markings are traffic control markings on the roadway surface that indicate the region between and immediately adjacent to the tracks at a grade crossing, as well as indicate safe stopping locations for motorists. Four-quadrant gates protect all lanes of traffic at a grade crossing, in contrast to dual gates, which generally impede only the right-hand lane of a roadway at crossings on either side. Dynamic envelope markings will clearly display safe distances for stopping to prevent them from entering the track right-of-way and discourage unsafe maneuvers.

Two gates provide comprehensive protection of railroad tracks by having additional exit gates that impede the oncoming lanes. These additional gates prevent a roadway vehicle from circumventing the gate by using the left-hand lane to enter the tracks and proceed over them. By discouraging or preventing unsafe behavior by motorists, these safety enhancements will reduce the incidence of cars on the tracks at the grade crossing, which causes service disruptions and collisions and can result in the destruction of property, critical injury, or death. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Address of Recipient: Bucks County, PA 19020 

Amount of Request: $5,000,000

Explanation of Request: PA Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project, Section C, within Stage 2 of the overall project, involves the reconstruction and widening of approximately 2.5 miles of the mainline PA Turnpike in Bensalem Township from a four-lane to six-lane divided roadway typical section, including associated mainline culvert extensions, stormwater management, and sound barrier walls. Two prerequisite overhead bridge replacement contracts were previously completed within these limits: Bensalem Boulevard (SR2015, MP355.08) – completed in 2015, and Hulmeville Road Bridge (SR0513, MP353.96) – completed in 2018. If funding is secured, construction of Section C could begin in FY 2023. (approximately 12-18 months from now).

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Address of Recipient: Bucks County, PA 19007

Amount of Request: $5,000,000

Explanation of Request: PA Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project, Section D30 of the project involves the reconstruction and widening of approximately one (1) mile of the mainline PA Turnpike from a four-lane to six-lane divided roadway typical section, which will allow for the construction of the remaining six (6) PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange ramp movements (ramps to be constructed later in Section D40), a necessary mainline bridge replacement over the Neshaminy Creek, mainline culvert extensions, stormwater management, adjacent sound barrier walls, and retaining walls.  

Two prerequisite overhead bridge replacement contracts were previously completed within these limits: Bensalem Boulevard (SR2015, MP355.08) – completed in 2015, and New Falls Road Bridge (SR2006, MP 356.62) – to be completed by August 2021. If funding is secured, the construction of Section D30 could begin in FY 2024 (approximately 24 months from now).

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Municipality – Bristol Township

Address of Recipient: Randall Avenue, Bristol, PA 19007

Amount of Request: $1,000,000

Explanation of Request: The Randall Avenue Bridge in Bristol Township needs funds for Phase I of the repairs to the bridge. Bristol Township proposes to construct improvements on the Randall Avenue bridge over the Amtrack Northeast Corridor line to improve the safety and functionality of the bridge.

This will allow the bridge to remain open while a full replacement of the bridge is designed and constructed. These repairs are substantial and are crucial to complete as soon as possible to prevent any further deterioration of the bridge. Because the bridge spans the AMTRAK rail lines, any further issues with the bridge could halt or cause long-term interruption to rail traffic. Fortunately, the Assessment Report contains several repair details which will assist in shortening the design and bidding process to allow the repairs to be completed within the same year as project funding.

Financial Disclosure Letter

General Appropriations Community Project Requests

Proposed Recipient: Bristol Borough

Address of Recipient: 250 Pond Street, Bristol, PA 19007

Amount of Request: $500,000

Explanation of Request: The project would improve safety, functionality, and access to the Bristol Waterfront Park and Maple Beach Road Bridge. The reconstruction of the Maple Beach Bridge over Otter Creek will allow visitors to fully enjoy the entire length of the Marsh, provide recreation opportunities in Maple Beach, and offer direct access to the Wastewater Treatment Plant for Borough employees. With additional funding, the Borough will also be able to update the Waterfront Park stormwater conveyance system, which is in serious need of upgrades to alleviate flooding from large storms and high tides. Lastly, necessary updates to the outdated park lighting will improve safety and visibility for patrons of the park.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Main St. Missions

Address of Recipient: 71 Oak Drive, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $200,000

Explanation of Request: The Corinne Sikora Wellness and Support Center will offer a wide range of services and programs free of charge to Bucks County cancer patients and their families and caregivers. The center will be a comforting place where patients can have their critical emotional, social, physical, and lifestyle needs met throughout their journey of cancer care, recovery, and beyond.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Doylestown Health

Address of Recipient: 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Amount of Request: $100,000

Explanation of Request: The Doylestown Hospital Infant Protection Project will provide infant protection equipment and software to the Village Improvement Association’s Maternity Center at Doylestown Hospital. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will support the protection and security of infants and children throughout the community by providing vital medical technology that prevents infant abduction in hospitals.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Department of Mental Health and Developmental Programs

Address of Recipient: 55 East Court Street, 4th Floor, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Amount of Request: $500,000

Explanation of Request: The proposed center will consist of a short-term observation unit, a restoration to competency unit, and a residential treatment facility. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it provides a multipurpose community-based option to support justice-involved individuals with serious mental illness or co-occurring substance use issues in preventing incarceration. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Hepatitis B Foundation

Address of Recipient: 3805 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902

Amount of Request: $475,000

Explanation of Request: This will allow the Hepatitis B Foundation to provide expert resources, training, and technical assistance on how to prevent, treat, and control hepatitis B to state and local health departments, social service organizations, and community health providers. Furthermore, the Center will build public health infrastructure to decrease health disparities and improve health access and outcomes in underserved, disparately impacted communities of color, working toward the ultimate goal of hepatitis B elimination.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Bucks County Planning Commission, 

Address of Recipient: 1260 Almshouse Road, Doylestown PA, 18901. 

Amount of Request: $500,000

Explanation of Request: The Newtown Rail Trail will be an extension of the Pennypack Creek Trail and will use the right-of-way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s former Newtown Line. Once completed, there will be a 25-mile continuous off-road trail from Newtown to the Delaware River in Holmesburg. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would provide a critical off-road, multi-purpose trail that will be a part of the regional Circuit Trails system of trails and answers to the increased demand for safe outdoor recreation infrastructure.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital

Address of Recipient: 1021 Park Avenue, Quakertown, PA 18951

Amount of Request: $400,000

Explanation of Request: The proposed renovation includes expanding the current Behavioral Health Unit from 19 to 24 beds, with a potential for an additional eight beds dedicated to Severe Mental Illness. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it addresses the overwhelming need for behavioral health services in Bucks County. St. Luke’s Quakertown continues to see a rising demand for behavioral health services, yet there are not enough resources or beds available for treatment. The expansion of the Behavioral Health Unit and increased behavioral health services are critical to the community. 

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: Woods Services, Inc.

Address of Recipient: 40 Martin Gross Drive, Langhorne, PA 19047

Amount of Request: $500,000

Explanation of Request: Woods Services has designed a specialized mental health outpatient program, which will incorporate a mobile mental health unit that will provide in-home, crisis intervention, and ongoing training and support for families and caregivers. The program would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will bridge the gap in mental health services in Bucks County. The mental health outpatient program is expected to reduce costs associate with unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations and improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions within the community.

Financial Disclosure Letter

Proposed Recipient: YMCA of Bucks County

Address of Recipient: 601 S. Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Amount of Request: $600,000

Explanation of Request: The proposed project is a 45,000 square foot capital renovation of the facility. The revitalization is an important effort in improving the health, wellness, and livelihood of tens of thousands of vulnerable individuals residing in the lower region of Bucks County. The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would allow the Fairless Hills branch to serve more people and address the needs of low to moderate-income families in the community, including those with health disparities.

Financial Disclosure Letter