Issue: 11                                   Local Government Services                 November  2018  


Cross County Connection



Ronda R. Urkowitz

Program Director

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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!

DVRPC Announces Funding Opportunity for Trails in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties


The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has funding available for bicycle and pedestrian trails in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties through their Recreational Trails program. Eligible activities include planning and feasibility studies, trail design and trail construction. DVRPC will also allow for funds to cover right-of-way acquisition on a case by case basis. Local governments, state agencies, development corporations and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.


Up to $3 million in funding is available. Individual

applicants can seek up to $500,000. Priority will be given to trailprojects identified as, or connected to, Circuit Trails. The Circuit Trails are a network of off-road bicycle and pedestrian pathways that will connect the entire Philadelphia region. To see where Circuit Trails are located, visit Trails that are not part of the Circuit will also be considered. For more information visit DVRPC’s Regional Trails Program website.


The application deadline is December 14, 2018. Applicants are invited to contact Chris Linn at DVRPC by email or by phone at 215-238-2873 with questions.


If you would like to provide additional support for Circuit Trails in New Jersey, municipalities and counties are encouraged to sign a resolution in support of constructing Circuit Trails. You can find a resolution template here. You do not need to have a Circuit Trail in your community in order to pass a resolution.

NJDOT Seeking Grant Applications

for Bridge Improvements


The New Jersey Department of Transportation on Friday announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for fiscal year 2019 to repair bridges. Applications will be accepted through January 11th.


According to the DOT, the $47.3 million Local Bridges, Future Needs program is funded through the Transportation Trust Fund. It provides funding for New Jersey’s 21 counties to improve their bridges.


Every county receives $1 million and the additional funding is allotted based on a formula taking into account the total bridge deck area in the county, and how much of that deck area is determined to be in poor condition, according to NJDOT. The grants are administered by the NJDOT Divisions of Local Aid and Economic Development.


FHWA Releases Pedestrian Safety Toolbox

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released an issue brief on the effectiveness of different strategies for reducing the incidence of pedestrian-involved crashes. The Toolbox of Pedestrian Countermeasures and Their Potential Effectiveness estimates the expected crash reduction effects of specific countermeasures. Planners, traffic engineers, and other transportation professionals can use the toolbox to estimate the number of crashes that may be prevented by implementing specific countermeasures.


Transportation News

Medford Saving Lives has formed a partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft, which will provide residents free rides home from 17 bars and restaurants in Medford and Medford Lakes from the hours of 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The program is modeled after Evesham and Voorhees Township’s Saving Lives program.


Officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey said police were there to ensure the safety of construction workers. Drivers are more likely to comply with the law when police are present. While laws in both states require police at some sites, authorities can use flaggers on other projects, such as those with lower speed limits and less traffic.


Durham, N.C. is emailing commuters personalized maps of bike, bus and walking routes to work and giving away cash prizes to bus riders in an effort to discourage solo driving. Partnering with several large employers, Durham tested two such strategies on more than 1,500 downtown workers over a period of six months earlier this year. The goal was fairly modest: to cut down single-person vehicle trips into the city’s core by 5 percent.

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.