The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced $19.6 million in funding for 31 grants under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, the largest amount ever awarded for the program! The SRTS grant program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration’s Federal Aid Program and is administered by the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).

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.

Infrastructure improvement projects to be funded through this program include the construction of sidewalks; pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements; on street bicycle facilities; and the installation of new crosswalks, school-zone markings, and speed-limit signs. Of the 31 grants being awarded to local governments to make pedestrian safety improvements near K-8 schools, 22 grants totaling $13.8 million are within the NJTPA region, which includes Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties. Seven grants totaling $4 million are within the DVRPC region, which includes Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey and five counties in Pennsylvania. The final two grants totaling $1.7 million are within the SJTPO region, which includes Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties.

For more information about local aid programs, please visit the NJDOT Local Aid Resource Center. Also, be sure to check the “Grants & Funding” pages on the NJ Safe Routes Resource Center website.  Congratulations to all 2022 SRTS grant recipients! And thank you for your commitment to safety and for making walking and bicycling to school a priority for your community.

2022 Safe Routes to School Program Grants

MPO County Municipality Project Name Grant Amount
SJTPO Atlantic County Pleasantville Pleasantville School Transportation Safety Project $1,299,000.00
SJTPO Salem County Pennsville Township Pennsville Township Middle School Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming $425,000.00
NJTPA Bergen County Englewood Englewood City ADA Improvement Project $423,000.00
NJTPA Essex County Glen Ridge Borough Township Glen Ridge Safe Routes to School Pedestrian Crossing Safety Program $380,000.00
NJTPA Essex County Livingston Township Livingston Twp 2022 SRTS – Northfield and Hillside Avenues $450,000.00
NJTPA Essex County Maplewood Township School Route Intersection Push-Button Signal Installation $488,000.00
NJTPA Essex County Millburn Township Millburn Township SRTS 2022 Grant Application for Sidewalk and Pedestrian Safety Access Improvements $599,000.00
NJTPA Essex County West Orange Town Township West Orange Safe Routes to School Project $920,000.00
NJTPA Hudson County West New York WNY School Transportation Safety $1,300,000.00
NJTPA Hunterdon County High Bridge Borough SRTS Downtown Connection Phase II $764,000.00
NJTPA Middlesex County Carteret Borough Carteret Avenue School Route Improvements $702,000.00
NJTPA Middlesex County Perth Amboy Rose Lopez Elementary School Pedestrian Improvements $650,000.00
NJTPA Ocean County Little Egg Harbor Township FY 2022 SRTS Program – Sidewalk Safety Improvements to Nugentown Rd., Giffordtown Lane, and Stage Rd. $815,000.00
NJTPA Ocean County Point Pleasant Beach Borough Pedestrian Safety and Bikeways Project – Antrim School and Sea Ave Areas $380,000.00
NJTPA Ocean County Stafford Township Township of Stafford – Safe Routes to School Application $992,000.00
NJTPA Passaic County City of Passaic City of Passaic Multi-Intersection Improvements Project $425,000.00
NJTPA Passaic County Clifton Clifton City $568,000.00
NJTPA Passaic County Little Falls Township Wilmore Road Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project $248,000.00
NJTPA Passaic County Paterson Crosswalk Safety Improvements for Paterson Public Schools $662,000.00
NJTPA Somerset County Bound Brook Borough Bound Brook Intersections and Signage Safety Improvement Project $517,000.00
NJTPA Somerset County Bridgewater Township 2022 Adamsville School Pedestrian Safety $962,000.00
NJTPA Sussex County Hopatcong Borough Durban and Flora Avenues Safety Improvement Project – Phase II $857,000.00
NJTPA Union County Berkeley Heights Township 2022 “Walking is Fun” Snyder Ave Safe Routes from Woodruff to Hughes schools $517,000.00
NJTPA Union County New Providence Borough Various Sidewalk Improvements SRTS 2022 $223,000.00
DVRPC Burlington County Pemberton Township Phase 2 – Busansky/Emmons Schools Multimodal Improvements $256,000.00
DVRPC Camden County Bellmawr Borough Borough of Bellmawr Safe Routes to School – Peach Road and Victory Drive Intersection Improvements $422,000.00
DVRPC Camden County Clementon Borough Borough of Clementon Safe Routes To School – Intersection Improvements $470,000.00
DVRPC Camden County Haddon Heights Borough Borough of Haddon Heights Safe Routes To School – Installation of Missing Sidewalks $1,200,000.00
DVRPC Camden County Voorhees Township Echelon Center Pedestrian Improvements $675,000.00
DVRPC Gloucester County Clayton Borough NJDOT Safe Routes to Schools Program FY2022 $632,000.00
DVRPC Mercer County Lawrence Township Lawrenceville Elementary School Pedestrian Safety Improvements $358,000.00