New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in partnership with the NJ’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) announced the awarding of federal grants under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives Set-Asides (TA Set-Asides) programs.
“As part of NJDOT’s commitment to communities, we work with the three regional planning authorities to provide federal funding to counties and municipalities for local transportation projects that improve safety and strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of our transportation system,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “The Safe Routes to School grants will provide resources to local communities throughout New Jersey to enhance our sidewalks and crosswalks to allow our children to safely walk or bike to school.”
The SRTS and TA Set-Asides are both federally-funded programs. SRTS was established in 2005 to increase pedestrian safety awareness among motorists and schoolchildren. The TA Set-Asides program was established by Congress in 2012 and is funded through a set aside of the Federal Aid Highway Program to provide funds for community based “non-traditional” projects that strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system.
Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School program was created to encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. The goal is to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and to implement projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
2018 SRTS Grant Recipients:
County Recipient Municipality Project Grant Amount
Atlantic Hammonton Hammonton Sooy Elementary School Area Sidewalk and ADA Ramp Improvements. $502,000
Atlantic Ventnor City Ventnor City Ventnor School Safety Improvement Program $207,000
Bergen Westwood Borough Westwood Borough Westwood Safe Routes to School Project for Berkeley Elementary School $210,000
Cape May West Cape May Borough West Cape May Borough West Cape May Borough Elementary School Pedestrian Safety Improvements $252,000
Camden Voorhees Township Voorhees Township Echelon Road Pedestrian Improvements $370,000
Essex Newark Newark City of Newark Safe Routes to School $1,000,000
Essex Orange City Township Orange City Township Pedestrian Safety Upgrades-Park Avenue Elementary School $1,000,000
Gloucester National Park Borough National Park Borough National Park Borough Safe Routes to National Park School $156,000
Hunterdon High Bridge Borough High Bridge Borough SRTS Downtown Connection $360,000
Mercer Hamilton Township Hamilton Township Klockner Elementary School Pedestrian Safety Improvements $342,000
Mercer Princeton Princeton Rosedale Road (CR-604) & General Johnson Dr. Intersection and Pathway Improvements $1,000,000
Middlesex Highland Park Borough Highland Park Borough Phase 2 Intersection Safety Improvements in Highland Park $250,000
Monmouth Asbury Park Asbury Park Traffic Calming, Bike and Pedestrian Safety Upgrades $500,000
Monmouth Highlands Borough Highlands Borough The Borough of Highlands Safe Routes to Schools Project Phase I $275,000
Monmouth Long Branch City Long Branch City Prospect and John Streets Sidewalk Improvements $230,000
Monmouth Middletown Township Middletown Township Hubbard Avenue Pedestrian Improvement Project $1,000,000
Morris Chatham Township Chatham Township Shunpike Road Sidewalk Replacement Project $545,000
Union New Providence Borough New Providence Borough Various Sidewalk Improvements SRTS 2018 $430,000
Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TA Set-Aside)
The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program provides federal funds for community based “non-traditional” projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system. Projects must fall into one of the following seven categories:
- Design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized transportation users.
- Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
- Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities both land and water such as building structures and canals.
- Community improvement activities, specifically: streetscaping and corridor landscaping.
- Environmental mitigation to address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff.
- Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
2018 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Grant Recipients:
County Recipient Municipality Project Grant Amount
Atlantic Folsom Borough Folsom Borough Borough of Folsom 13th Street Pedestrian Path $414,000
Atlantic Linwood City Linwood City Linwood/Seaview Bike Path Extension $127,000
Bergen Emerson Borough Emerson Borough Emerson Borough Downtown Redevelopment Project
Along Kinderkamack Road (Phase 2) and (Phase 3)
Bergen Hillsdale Borough Hillsdale Borough Borough of Hillsdale Downtown Bus & Rail Alternate
Access Improvements Project
Bergen Leonia Borough Leonia Borough Broad Avenue Complete Streets Improvement Project $920,000
Burlington Florence Township Florence Township Fifth Street Rail to Trail $562,000
Burlington Palmyra Borough Palmyra Borough Temple Boulevard Enhancements Project $343,000
Camden Camden County Audubon Borough, Haddon Heights Borough Atlantic Avenue Trail $1,220,000
Camden Camden City Camden City River Birch Trail Project $680,000
Camden Gibbsboro Borough Gibbsboro Borough Phase 5 Bikeway & Streetscape Impts along Lakeview Dr
from Kresson Rd to Silver Lake
Camden Gloucester Township Gloucester Township Lakeland Road Connector Trail $540,000
Cumberland Downe Township Downe Township Newport Streetscape Improvement Project $990,000
Essex Bloomfield Township Bloomfield Township Morris Canal Greenway- Phase 3 $428,000
Hudson Jersey City Jersey City Johnston Avenue Improvements Project $1,000,000
Hudson Weehawken Township Weehawken Township Hudson River Waterfront Walkway $1,200,000
Hunterdon Frenchtown Borough Frenchtown Borough Downtown Business District Streetscape Improvements $1,000,000
Middlesex Carteret Borough Carteret Borough Carteret Pedestrian & Cyclist Waterfront Access
Improvement Plan Project
Middlesex Metuchen Borough Metuchen Borough Grove Avenue Bike Lane $307,000
Middlesex Old Bridge Township Old Bridge Township OBT Route 516 Pedestrian Safety Sidewalk Improvement
Monmouth Monmouth County Freehold Borough, Hazlet Township, Keansburg
Borough, Keyport Borough, Marlboro Township,
Union Beach Borough
Henry Hudson Trail Extension and Pedestrian Safety
Improvements, Monmouth County Park System
Monmouth Marlboro Township Marlboro Township Route 79 Sidewalk Extension $875,000
Monmouth Red Bank Borough Red Bank Borough Shrewsbury Avenue Streetscape $1,000,000
Passaic Passaic County Highlands Rail Trail - Phase 1 $1,500,000
Somerset Manville Borough Manville Borough Restoration of Lost Valley $800,000.
Warren Warren County Greenwich Township, Lopatcong Township Morris Canal Museum Bridge / Vehicle Access Roadway
over Lopatcong Creek & Riparian Zone Mitigation
Congratulations to all of the grant recipients!!!