The Transportation Management Association of Chester County, a nonprofit focused on improving traffic congestion and air quality, strongly encourages everyone to participate in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.
The Census affects the future distribution of state and federal funding to the county’s governments and social service organizations. Simply put, the amount of money we receive in our little slice of heaven we call Chester County is dependent upon Census-derived data.
Highway Planning and Construction is the fourth-largest federal assistance program, and it awards formula-driven grants to state departments that select projects in cooperation with local officials.
Chester County routinely rates as one of the best places to live in all of America, and issues like public safety, road efficiency, reducing traffic congestion, air quality, and wait time at intersections can all be impacted by the Census.
According to research conducted by George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy, Pennsylvania received $39,179,047,733 in fiscal year 2016 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. In fiscal year 2015, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest federal assistance program was Highway Planning and Construction, and we received $1,670,766,557.
“Pennsylvania relies on federal dollars to continue repairing, rebuilding, and maintaining our state transportation infrastructure,” said P. Timothy Phelps, TMACC’s Executive Director. “For Chester County and the Delaware Valley, we must continue to improve the safety and efficiency of moving people and goods throughout the region. A more efficient transportation network reduces congestion, improves our air quality, and increases our quality of life.”
Click here to learn more about the Chester County’s Complete Count Committee and view the 2020 Census timeline, obtain informational resources, and learn how you can become a Census Champion.
Click here for information on the U.S. Census.