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Issue: 12                                      Government Services                            February 2015

 


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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters provide updates 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!

 

 

South Jersey Municipalities and Counties Invited to Participate in the U.S. DOT's Mayors' Challenge

   

Since it was announced last September, Cross County Connection has been providing updates on U.S. DOT's Safer People, Safer Streets initiative, directed towards improving bicycle and pedestrian safety. This initiative has taken a comprehensive approach, addressing infrastructure, education, and data collection. Results include BIKESAFE, an interactive web-tool used to address bicyclist safety, featured in last November's newsletter. The latest program unveiled as part of U.S. DOT's initiative is the  Mayors' Challenge, a year-long effort that challenges elected officials to take significant action to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrian of all ages and abilities.

 

The Mayors' Challenge requires issuing a "Call to Action," a public statement on the importance of bicycle and pedestrian safety, and forming a local action team that will work towards achieving safety and accessibility goals through performing Challenge activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, taking a Complete Streets approach, improving walking and biking safety laws, and educating all users on proper road use behavior. U.S. DOT will provide assistance and guidance through a number of resources including publications, guidance documents, and other tools.

 

Participation in the Mayors' Challenge is open to all municipalities and counties. Joining the challenge requires the approval of a local government's top elected official and the designation of a Team Leader. The elected official, or designated Team Leader, can then sign up using an on-line form or by emailing their Team Leader's contact information to pedbikesafety@dot.gov. 

  

Those interested in taking part in the Mayors' Challenge are invited to attend an hour-long webinar on Tuesday, February 10th at 3:00 pm for more information. U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx is also inviting participating counties and municipalities to attend the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets, which will be held on March 12th in Washington DC and officially kick off the year-long program.

 

For more information on the Mayors' Challenge visit http://www.dot.gov/mayors-challenge. The Challenge website has an abundance of information and covers many frequently asked questions. You can also contact Patrick Farley, Cross County Connection's Land Use & Transportation Specialist, at farley@driveless.com for questions on the Mayors' Challenge, or to address general questions on bicycle & pedestrian planning, infrastructure, policy, or programs.

 

 

Gloucester County 2040 Survey

   
Gloucester County is updating its Master Plan, a public document that provides a blueprint for the county's future growth and development. Master Plans usually cover a long-term time period - in this case, Gloucester County is planning for its future growth and development for the next 25 years. Themes covered in Master Plans are usually referred to as "Elements." Typical Master Plan Elements include Land Use, Transportation, Environment, Housing, Utilities, Farmland Preservation, Open Space, Hazard Mitigation, and Recreation/Trails.  For the GC2040 Master Plan Update, Gloucester County will be updating the Land Use and Transportation Elements. This update will represent the vision of the public - those who live, work, or play in Gloucester County - and this includes you!

Please voice your opinion about how you think the county should grow over the next 25 years by taking the survey!    

 

To take the survey in Spanish, please click here. For additional information about this project, please visit www.gc2040.com, like GC2040 on Facebook, or follow GC2040 on Twitter: @gc2040.

 

 

Public Input Opportunity - SJTPO's FY 2015 Regional Human Service Transportation Plan

   

In order to receive federal funding, human service transportation must be identified in a county or regional coordinated human service transportation plan. SJTPO is currently preparing the FY 2015 Regional Human Service Transportation Plan for Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties and is seeking input on the Plan.

To provide feedback, you can complete an online survey or print and return a copy of the paper survey.

Please complete the online survey or return the paper survey by Friday, February 20, 2015.

Please contact Mike Reeves, SJTPO Project Manager, at (856) 794-1941, or Albert T. Stoddard III, LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., at (719) 633-2868, if you have any questions.

 

 

Current Grant Opportunities


Local Safety Program
South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO)
Application Deadline: February 24, 2015

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ)
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
Application Deadline: 5PM, April 9, 2015

 

 

Upcoming Webinars


Top Complete Streets Policies of 2014
National Complete Streets Coalition
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) & Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets
United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 3:00 pm- 4:000pm

Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (BIKESAFE)
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) & Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Thursday, February 19, 2015 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Livability Principles at Highway Interchanges
National Highway Institute (NHI)
Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

 

 

South Jersey News Flash


Sea Isle City learns benefits of having Complete Streets
Press of Atlantic City | January 13, 2015

DRPA leader chosen from Pennsylvania
Courier-Post | January 21, 2015

PATCO, SEPTA work on comparability of Freedom cards
Philadelphia Inquirer | January 22, 2015

Officials sounds alarm on N.J. roads, bridges
Courier-Post | January 23, 2015

What do you want Gloucester County to look like in 2040? Officials seeking public's input with new survey
South Jersey Times | January 24, 2015

Van Drew seeks help to expand South Jersey transit
Press of Atlantic City | February 3, 2015

 

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.  

 

 

                      

 

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