Issue: 02                                   Local Government Services                    February  2019 


Cross County Connection



Ronda R. Urkowitz

Program Director

(856) 596-8228 



Cross County Connection Services:


 Bicycle & Pedestrian Services


Complete Streets






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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters provide information on  transportation-related activities, projects, funding opportunities, events and accomplishments in southern New Jersey. Feel free to share with your staff, residents and local businesses. We hope you enjoy!

Helpful Resources For Towns Seeking Sustainable Jersey Certification

Sustainable Jersey is hosting a series of webinars in February for towns seeking certification or recertification in 2019. To further assist towns with their certification efforts, Cross County Connection can help complete the following actions, plus many more!

  • Safe Routes to School
  • Complete Streets
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Audits
  • Anti-Idling Education & Enforcement
  • Green Fairs
  • Community Asset Mapping

For towns seeking recertification, Sustainable Jersey will provide two opportunities to participate in their webinar “Stay in the Game! Strategize your Recertification” on Wednesday, February 13th. There will be an afternoon session at 1:00 PM or an evening session at 7:00 PM. Topics covered will include details on new actions and changes to some longstanding actions. For instance, the popular Complete Streets action has been changed significantly since many towns were last certified. Cross County Connection can assist your town with meeting these new Complete Streets requirements and ensure that you do not miss out on those vital 20 points! 


For towns seeking their first Sustainable Jersey certification, “Making a Game Plan for Getting Certified” will be on Wednesday, February 20th at 1:00 PM. This webinar will share proven strategies and tools to help map out a path to certification within six to twelve months. Complete Streets, bicycle/pedestrian audits and establishing an anti-idling program are examples of actions that can be completed within this short time frame with Cross County Connection assistance.


You can find more information on these webinars at


Visit for more information on Cross County Connection’s Sustainable Jersey services.

Take SJTPO’s South Jersey Trail Network Branding Survey!

The South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) is spearheading a project to establish a unified brand for bicycle and pedestrian trails across South Jersey. They need YOUR HELP to ensure that this brand represents the unique character of South Jersey and empowers residents and visitors alike to walk, run, ride, roam and have fun!


For those unfamiliar, SJTPO is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May counties. An MPO is a federally required transportation planning body that provides technical assistance, provides access to federal funding and sets the transportation future of the region through the development of the Long Range Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The branding survey is open to anyone interested in biking and walking trails in South Jersey, even if they reside outside of SJTPO’s designated counties.


This brand will tie together existing trails, and help advance the build out of future trail connections as well as planning for new trails throughout the region. This brief survey shouldn't take more than FIVE MINUTES, and will provide SJTPO with valuable information as they work to finalize this concept. 


Transportation News


(Burlington County Times, 1/31/19)

Antwan Timbers Jr., 17, was struck and killed by a drunk driver when walking home with a friend shortly after midnight on Route 130 in May 2016. Antwan’s classmates at Burlington City High School launched a “25 Saves Lives” campaign to raise awareness about speeding on Route 130, which caught the attention of former state Sen. Diane Allen, who worked with the students to create a package of bills designed to make the roadway safer.


(Courier Post 1/17/19)

A ramp the length of 2½ football fields is rising in downtown Camden. When it opens as the newest part of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge this spring, the $8 million project will offer better access to the south side walkway over the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, plus easier access to bicycle trails on both sides.


(NJ Spotlight, 1/16/19)

There’s a lot to gain for the Garden State if it positions itself as a leader in EV adoption. Pending legislation sets a foundation to electrify the transportation sector, driving another tech revolution for New Jersey.


Cross County Connection's Mission: To improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey through transportation solutions.


About Us: Cross County Connection, a nonprofit organization, partners with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJ TRANSIT, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), member organizations and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, to provide solutions to complex transportation problems for counties, municipalities and employers in the southern New Jersey region encompassing Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

This Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association publication is funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The U.S. Government and NJTPA assume no liability for the contents.