Issue: 03                                   Local Government Services                       March  2019 


Cross County Connection



Ronda R. Urkowitz

Program Director

(856) 596-8228 



Cross County Connection Services:


 Bicycle & Pedestrian Services


Complete Streets






Air Quality

























































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!

Time is Running Out for 2019

Sustainable Jersey Certification Assistance

The June 2nd Sustainable Jersey Certification deadline is fast approaching! Cross County Connection can assist municipalities with completing action items, especially those related to safe, equitable and environmentally friendly transportation. The organization can help complete the following actions, plus many more:


Many of these action items may take less effort than you think. For example, a bicycle/pedestrian audit could focus on a single intersection or small stretch of roadway. Adopting a Complete Streets policy is made easier with help from policy templates. You do not need to start from scratch. All that is required is an engaged team of individuals and the support of elected officials. Cross County Connection is available to walk you through the process.


Cross County Connection is already receiving a steady flow of requests for assistance. Do not miss out on an opportunity! Call us today at (856) 596-8228 to get started. We can help you identify what can be done before the June deadline.


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

NJ Approves Statewide Transit

Benefit Ordinance

On March 1st, Governor Murphy signed into law an ordinance that requires all employers with 20 or more employees to offer pre-tax transit benefits. The Internal Revenue Service allows employees to set-aside pre-taxed income that can be used to pay for public transit. In effect, this reduces an individual’s pre-tax income, saving them a bit of extra money. Employers save by reducing their payroll taxes on each dollar their employees set aside. The federal commuter fringe benefit program can cover up to $260 per month in transit costs.


Locally, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission provides the RideECO commuter benefit program. According to DVRPC, an individual can save over $900 a year by participating the program. Visit the RideEco website for more information and to use their handy calculator to figure how much an individual or employer can save!

Transportation News

Trains will begin providing service again between Philadelphia and Atlantic City on May 24, just as the summer Shore season starts. At recent public meetings in south Jersey, NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett confirmed the restarting of the line, and said the schedule would be tweaked to better suit commuters who use it.


From the driver’s seat of his Toyota SUV, blogger Mark Matthews spots potential stories at nearly every interchange and intersection. The tunnel-esque segment of the I-295/I-76/Route 42 Direct Connection project? He’s got video. The latest in the epic Wawa vs. Royal Farms battle? He’s posted a site plan.

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.