Funding for Safe Routes and Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is committed to advancing projects that enhance safety, renew the aging infrastructure, improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and supporting new and alternative transportation opportunities. The Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) provides the opportunity for State assistance to local governments for the funding of road, bridge and other transportation projects. Annually, the TTF provides State Aid to municipalities and counties for local transportation improvements. In addition, several programs which provide funding to counties and municipalities for transportation projects are funded with federal funds.
NJDOT provides state-aid grants to counties and municipalities fro traditional and non-traditional transportation initiatives. State-Funded grant programs include:
- Municipal Aid: This program assists mmunicipalities in funding local transportation projects, and all municipalities in New Jersey are eligible to apply. NJDOT specifically encourages applications for pedestrian safety improvements, bikeways, and streetscapes, hoping to award 10% of all Municipal Aid funds for these projects specifically.
- Transit Village: This program awards grants for transportation projects that enhance walking, biking, and/or transit ridership within ½ mile of the transit facility. Municipalities must already be designated as Transit Villages by the Commissioner of Transportation and the inter-agency Transit Village Task Force in order to apply.
- Bikeways: This program funds bicycle projects that create new bike path mileage, working towards NJDOT’s goal of 1,000 miles of dedicated bikeways in New Jersey. Special consideration will be given to bikeways physically separated from vehicle traffic, but on-road bike lanes or other bike routes are also eligible for funding.
- Safe Streets to Transit: This program encourages counties and municipalities to construct safe and accessible pedestrian linkages to transit facilities, in order to promote increased usage of transit by all segments of the population.
FEDERAL FUNDED PROGRAMS:
NJDOT and New Jersey’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations administer federally funded programs to municipalities, counties and communities in New Jersey to enhance and improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. These programs include:
SRTS grants may be used for infrastructure (construction) projects which encourage and enable students from grades K-8 to safely walk and bike to school within 2 miles of the school.