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Issue: 2                                        Government Services                                    April 2014

 


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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters will keep you updated on recent transportation-related projects and accomplishments, regional transportation news, and major construction activity in southern New Jersey. Feel free to share with your staff, residents and local businesses. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan

 

 

Phase II of the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan is underway. This stage of the planning process focuses on the implementation of network recommendations. Topics covered include bikeway construction prioritization, facility design, bicycle-friendly policies and program development, and funding strategies. Phase II also establishes short, medium, and long term benchmarks to monitor success.  

 

The Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan is a two-phase project. The Phase I document was completed in September 2013 and entailed thoroughly documenting the existing conditions for bicycling in the county and planning a comprehensive network of bikeways.

 

Development of the Burlington County Master Plan is a collaborative process. The project leadership team consists of Cross County Connection, Burlington County Engineers Office, and Burlington County Resource Conservation. Various local stakeholders act in an advisory role through the Project Action Committee (PAC), which includes representatives from Burlington County municipalities, bicycle clubs and advocacy groups, transit agencies, and state and regional offices. The latest PAC meeting was held on March 19th and provided valuable input regarding issues that need to be addressed to effectively implement the bikeway network outlined in Phase I.

 

Phase II will encompass another round of public involvement so make sure to visit http://bikeplan.org/burlingtonbmp/#/ or contact Cross County Connection to find out details regarding public meetings or to learn more about the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan in general.

 

 

Cherry Hill Township Adopts a Complete Streets Policy  


On March 24, 2014, Cherry Hill Township committed to creating safer roadways that accommodate all users by adopting a Complete Streets policy. The adoption of this policy puts the township among 90 municipalities and 6 counties in New Jersey that have joined the Complete Streets movement. Cherry Hill's Complete Streets policy is intended to help safely integrate all modes of travel into the design of roadways and assist with the implementation of the Township's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan


In addition to simply  pledging to address the needs of all road users in the planning and design of transportation projects, Cherry Hill's Complete Streets policy admirably calls for the following actions:

  • Establish a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from the Departments of Engineering and Public Works, the Department of Community Development, the Mayor's Office, and the Traffic Safety Unit in the Township Police Department to assess applicable projects utilizing a Complete Streets checklist. Exemptions to the policy may be determined at the sole discretion of this committee.
  • Reference the Complete Streets policy in the development or amendment of any relevant future plans, ordinances, laws, procedures, rules, or regulations.
  • Annually assess the implementation of Complete Streets policy using performance standards. 

The adoption of a Complete Streets policy will help the township build upon its recent progress to create an accommodating environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. Cherry Hill joins numerous other towns in South Jersey as local leaders that are committed to developing a safer, more inclusive network of roadways.

 

 

Sustainable Jersey Small Grants, Workshops, Technical Assistance, and More

 
Spring has arrived and the June 8th Sustainable Jersey certification deadline is quickly approaching. Cross County Connection reminds communities in South Jersey to contact us regarding free technical assistance with transportation-related action items to help your community obtain the final points needed for your application. For more information, please visit or call (856) 596-8228.

You can also speak to one of our transportation specialists at events hosted by Sustainable Jersey. On April 4th, Cross County Connection attended Capitalize on the Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities. This event made the case for creating walkable and bicycle-friendly communities and provided an overview of strategies, tools, and funding opportunities to help municipalities advance these initiatives. Look for us at the next Sustainable Jersey workshop to learn more about how we can assist your town with transportation-related action items.

On March 12th, Sustainable Jersey awarded $200,000 through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program funded by the PSEG Foundation. Twelve municipalities received grants in the amounts of $20,000 and $10,000 and twenty-two communities were awarded $2,000 capacity building grants to support Green Team efforts. Grant recipients in Cross County Connection's seven-county service area include Bordentown City, Camden City, Evesham Township, Town of Hammonton, Margate City, Monroe Township, Moorestown Township, Somerdale Borough, Upper Township and Winslow Township. Cross County Connection congratulates these grant recipients for obtaining support to advance their local sustainability initiatives.

Please contact Cross County Connection to request assistance with Sustainable Jersey grant applications next year, or if your community would currently like assistance with any of the grant funding opportunities below.

 

 

Grant Funding Opportunities

Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI)

Application Deadline: May 30, 2014 

Mandatory Pre-Application Meeting: March 18, 2014 

http://www.dvrpc.org/TCDI/

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program    

Application Deadline: April 28th, 2014
www.dot.gov/tiger

 

 

South Jersey News Flash


NJ Transit studies improvements to Walter Rand center
March 20, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

DRPA installs new leadership
March 21, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Program promotes user-friendly streets in Cherry Hill
March 31, 2014 | Courier-Post

NJ report: Red-light cameras limit number of crashes
April 1, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

New Jersey launches crackdown on distracted driving
April 1, 2014 | WABC

Parkway projects planned in Ocean, Cape May counties
April 1, 2014 | Press of Atlantic City

 

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.