Municipalities applied for over $20 million in grant funding for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in 2014, and the recipients of the grants have been announced.   In actuality, over $23 million in grant funding was awarded to 52 municipalities – 28 TAP grant recipients totaling $17 million and 24 SRTS grant recipients totaling $6 million.  These federally funded programs are administered by NJDOT in partnership with the three Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in New Jersey – North Jersey Transportation Authority (NJTPA), Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).

The following municipalities will be receiving SRTS GRANTS in order to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and enable and encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school:

Sponsor
Municipality
Project Name
Award Amount
Garfield City
Garfield City
Garfield School Safety Project (Phase 2)
$455,000
River Edge Borough
River Edge Borough
River Edge School Safety Improvements
$315,000
Oakland Borough
Oakland Borough
Oakland School Safety Project at Heights
Elementary School and Valley Middle School
$290,000
Englewood City
Englewood City
Tenafly Road and Durie Avenue Intersection
Signalization
$241,000
Tenafly Borough
Tenafly Borough
Stillman School Sidewalk and Parking
Improvements
$146,000
Maplewood Township
Maplewood Township
Clinton Elementary School Traffic Circulation
and Pedestrian Safety Project
$350,000
Metuchen Borough
Metuchen Borough
Crosswalk Lighting Improvements
$192,000
Highland Park
Borough
Highland Park
Borough
Highland Park Bartle School Safe Routes to
School Project
$69,000
Middlesex Borough
Middlesex Borough
Middlesex Boro Safe Routes to Parker School, Hazlewood School, Watchung/Von E Mauger School
$330,000
Manasquan Borough
Manasquan Borough
Pedestrian Sidewalk Improvements
$225,000
Chatham Township
Chatham Township
Lafayette Avenue and Spring Street Sidewalk Improvements
$578,000
Mine Hill Township
Mine Hill Township
Route 46 Sidewalk Improvements
$332,000
Wharton Borough
Wharton Borough
Borough of Wharton Safe Routes to School Final Phase
$100,000
Island Heights
Borough
Island Heights
Borough
Sidewalks Within 750 feet of the Island Heights
Elementary School
$125,000
Franklin Borough
Franklin Borough
Sidewalk Improvements to County Route 631
$330,000
Linden City
Linden City
Linden School Safety Project
$200,000
Fanwood Borough
Fanwood Borough
Fanwood Borough Safe Routes to Schools
$200,000
Southampton Township
Southampton Township
Pedestrian Infrastructure Upgrades (Access & Safety) Campus – Schools 1,2,3
$92,000
Camden City
Camden City
Morgan Village Safe Routes to School Project
$317,200
Collingswood Borough
Collingswood Borough
Collingswood Safe Routes to School and Traffic Calming
$241,000
Princeton
Princeton
Pedestrian Upgrades to Two Harrison Street Traffic Signals
$300,000
Hightstown Borough
Hightstown Borough
Improvements to Stockton Street and Joseph Street
$275,000
Vineland City
Vineland City
Sabater Elementary Safe Routes to School 2014, Phase 2
$275,000.00
Cape May City
Cape May City
Cape May Bikeway Network Expansion
$350,000.00

 

The following TAP GRANT recipients were awarded for “non-traditional” projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the intermodal system:

Sponsor
Municipality
Project Name
Award Amount
River Edge Borough
River Edge Borough
Kinderkamack Road Regional Revitalization Project (Phase 3) including River Edge Road
$800,000
Garfield City
Garfield City
Garfield Neighborhood Revitalization Streetscape and Pedestrian Safety Project (Phase 1)
$800,000
Bloomfield Township
Bloomfield Township
Lackawanna Transit Station Improvement Project
$240,000
Orange City Township
Orange City Township
Highland Avenue Station Rehabilitation Project
$614,000
Essex County
Maplewood Township,
City of Newark, South
Orange Village Township
Irvington Avenue Streetscape Improvements
$850,000
South Orange Village
Township
South Orange Village
Township
South Orange River Greenway and Bicycle Trail (Phase IV)
$1,000,000
Hoboken City
Hoboken City
Hoboken Bicycle Network Implementation
$530,000
Lambertville City
Lambertville City
Bike Lambertville
$150,000
Flemington Borough
Flemington Borough
Main Street Sidewalk and Streetscape
Improvement Project
$1,000,000
Woodbridge Township
Woodbridge Township
Woodbridge Bicycle Connect – Woodbridge
Township’s Proposed Bicycle Compatible
Roadways
$688,000
Denville Township
Denville Township
Broadway Streetscaping Project: Phase II
$541,000
Morris County Park
Commission Historic
Sites
Morristown
Patriots’ Path on Great Morristown Greenway
$669,000
South Toms River
Borough
South Toms River
Borough
Barnegat Branch Trail Extension
$239,000
Barnegat Township
Barnegat Township
Barnegat Bike Path Historical Rail
Transportation Alternative Program Project
$248,000
Passaic County
Little Falls Township,
Woodland Park Borough
Morris Canal Greenway Browertown Road
Project
$450,000
Passaic City
Passaic City
Market Streetscape Enhancement Project
$750,000
Haledon Borough
Haledon Borough
Belmont Avenue Streetscape (Phase 3)
$620,000
South Bound Brook
Borough
South Bound Brook
Borough
Historic Canal Bridge Pathway
$400,000
City of Plainfield
City of Plainfield
FY’ 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program
City of Plainfield North Ave Streetscape
Improvements
$594,000
Burlington County
Bordentown Township,Fieldsboro Borough,Florence Township,Mansfield Township
Delaware River Heritage Trail, Route 130 Bypass, Fieldsboro to Florence Connector Train
$750,000
Delaware River Port Authority
Camden City
Benjamin Franklin Bridge South Walkway Bicycle & Pedestrian Ramp Project
$800,000
Pennsauken Township
Merchantville Borough,Pennsauken Township
Pennsauken-Merchantville Multi-Use Trail
$755,000
Wenonah Borough
Wenonah Borough
Multi-Modal Transportation Improvements to Mantua Ave, from Monroe Ave to Marion Ave
$900,000
Hightstown Borough
Hightstown Borough
Peddie Lake Dam Pedestrian Bridge
$331,000
Atlantic City
Atlantic City
Atlantic Avenue Improvement Project
$996,000
Somers Point City
Somers Point City
Somers Point Bikeway Extension Phase II
$171,000
Egg Harbor City
Egg Harbor City
Atlantic Avenue Transit Path Extension
$296,000
Millville City
Millville City
Maruice River Bikeway Trail – PHASE V
$517,000

How can schools and municipalities qualify for SRTS grants?
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program funds projects that 1) enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school, 2) make bicycling and walking a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, and 3) facilitate the development of projects that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near New Jersey’s primary and middle schools. Although projects can benefit all types of schools, the focus should be on schools with children in grades K-8 and on projects located within two miles of a school.

Any New Jersey county, municipality, school, or school district can apply for funds; however they must demonstrate an ability to meet the conditions of the program.  One important requirement is that a full-time employee of the grant recipient must agree to be responsible for the project.  The funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis only, so it is critical to ensure money is available for the initial project investment prior to reimbursement.  Extra consideration will be given to projects in disadvantaged communities and/or communities with a Complete Streets Policy or School Wellness Policy that supports walking and biking to school.  More details about 2015 SRTS grant opportunities and the requirements for applications will be posted soon so check our website frequently at wwwsaferoutesnj.org/funding.

What is a TAP Grant?
TAP funding includes much of what was formally Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Recreation Trails funds.  The NJDOT and New Jersey’s three MPOs have decided to maintain separate SRTS and Rec Trails programs and solicit applications for all other qualifying projects under TAP.

Any New Jersey local government, school, regional transportation authority, transit agency, natural resource/public land agency and tribal government can apply for funds.  Unfortunately, nonprofit organizations are NOT eligible as direct recipients.  However, nonprofit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility and administration for the grant. TAP categories can include the following:

  • Facilities for bikes and pedestrians
  • Landscaping
  • Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation buildings, structures and facilities.
  • Preservation of abandoned railroad corridors (including conversion to pedestrian and bike trails)
  • Environmental mitigation to address water pollution
  • Mitigation to reduce wildlife mortality
  • Scenic or historic highway programs, including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities as well as scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas,

Previously eligible activities and projects NOT included under TAP are:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety and education programs
  • Acquisition of scenic or historic easements and site
  • Establishment of transportation museums

Congratulations to all 2014 grant recipients!  A special congratulations to those communities who received Safe Routes to School grants, and thank you for your commitment to safety and making walking and bicycling to school a priority for your community!!

If your application was not funded during this round or if you missed last year’s deadline, there will be future opportunities to apply for SRTS and TAP funding, so please check our website frequently for information on funding at http://www.saferoutesnj.org/funding or sign up to receive our emails and we’ll keep you posted on grants as they become available.