The Conservancy has been one of the leaders in promoting the construction of a multi-use trail within the Route 100 SEPTA trolley line which would connect the existing Radnor Trail with the Cobbs Creek Trail in west Philadelphia.
The Route 100 trolley right-of-way, which was once used by the ill-fated Philadelphia and Western Railroad, is wide enough to accommodate four tracks. However, only the two tracks in the northern half of the right-of-way were ever installed. The Conservancy is pushing for a feasibility study to determine whether it would be possible to build a trail in the southern half of the ROW.
Fifteen months ago the Conservancy teamed up with the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, REI, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Clean Air Council, the East Coast Greenway Alliance and several other trail advocacy groups to promote the development of a trail which would connect Radnor to downtown Philadelphia and the Schuylkill River Trail, the East Coast Greenway and John Heinz Refuge. The coalition has since expanded its vision to connect the western end of the Radnor Trail to the Chester Valley Trail through Tredyffrin Township [see the map of the complete proposed trail below].
The coalition has been meeting with all of the townships through which the proposed trail would pass and other key stakeholders such as SEPTA, which owns the ROW, and PECO, which leases the half of the ROW where the trail would be located. Thus far, all stakeholders have given their consent to performing the feasibility study.
The next step is to raise the money for the study, estimated to cost $150,000. The coalition is looking at several potential sources of funding, including grant money which is now available for trail projects.