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Issue: 11                                      Government Services                              January 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!

 

 

DVRPC Announces Congestition Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Grants

 

DVRPC is now accepting applications for the competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program. The grant program seeks to fund transportation-related projects that help the region reduce emissions from mobile sources and meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Selected projects will demonstrably reduce emissions and many also reduce traffic congestion.

A total of $3,600,000 will be available for CMAQ projects in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer Counties. Public agencies and public-private partnerships with a public agency sponsor are eligible to apply for CMAQ funding. Examples of eligible projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transit improvement programs, congestion reduction and traffic flow improvements, diesel retrofits, freight projects, and transportation demand management programs.

A mandatory information session for applicants will be held at 4PM on January 28, 2015 in the DVRPC Conference Room, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Questions regarding the CMAQ program should be directed to Sean Greene, Senior Transportation Planner, at (215) 238-2860 or sgreene@dvrpc.org.

Application Deadline: 5PM, April 9, 2015.

 

 

SJTPO Accepting Applications for Local Safety Grant Program


SJTPO's Local Safety Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) for projects that improve highway safety. The program aims to achieve a significant reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on all public roadways through a data-driven, strategic approach.


Municipalities and counties in the SJTPO region, which include Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties, must follow a data-driven process to apply for funding through the Local Safety Program. A crash analysis of a priority location must be undertaken to investigate types of crashes and contributing circumstances to identify patterns. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request a crash history for the project location by contacting SJTPO staff, no later than January 16, 2015. An appropriate safety countermeasure must then be selected to address the problems or types of crashes identified at the location. These countermeasures include the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) nine proven safety countermeasures, which include roundabouts, access management, road diets, pedestrian hybrid beacons, longitudinal rumble strips, and others.

All applications must be submitted digitally. To avoid issues with submitting large files, please email jmarandino@sjtpo.org to gain access to SJTPO's FTP site. Digital applications may also be submitted by CD or DVD to the address below.

South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization

782 South Brewster Road, Unit B6

Vineland, New Jersey 08361

Attn: Jennifer Marandino

Application Deadline: February 24, 2015

 

 

DVRPC's Regional Trails Program Receives Funding

  
Greater Philadelphia's trail network, known as the Circuit, received a significant funding boost from the William Penn Foundation last month. Two grants, amounting to $8.6 million, will be distributed to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to advance trail construction, raise awareness about the Circuit, and enhance access to the region's waterways.

DVRPC will use $7 million of the funding to support final design and engineering of trail projects. This grant will also include some construction capital and will leverage millions of dollars of available public infrastructure funding to construct trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will use the remaining $1.6 million to implement a communications program to build awareness about the Circuit.

The Circuit is a 300 mile network of multi-use trails throughout the Greater Philadelphia area in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When complete, the Circuit will include a total of 750 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails that will help connect people to jobs, recreational opportunities, public transportation, open space, and other neighborhoods.

In previous phases of the Regional Trails Program, which were also funded by the William Penn Foundation and administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, over $9 million were awarded for forty-two trail planning, design, and construction projects across the region.

 

 

Reporting Potholes & Highway Maintenance Needs

 
Winter has arrived, and you can expect to start seeing more potholes on New Jersey roadways, especially following, rain, snow, or periods of cold temperatures. Potholes are caused by water beneath pavement freezing and thawing (expanding and contacting), which causes pavement to crack and deteriorate under the weight of traffic.

As potholes become increasingly widespread during the winter and spring, you can assist public agencies and road maintenance departments by reporting potholes you encounter. NJDOT has a pothole and highway maintenance reporting system, in which New Jersey residents, employees, and visitors can easily report the location of potholes on state highways. The site also allows individuals to report the presence of road debris, damaged guide rails, and other maintenance issues. Potholes on the Garden State Parkway or New Jersey Turnpike must be reported on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's website.

To report a pothole on a county roadway, please call the respective county pothole hotline. The hotline numbers for counties in Cross County Connection's service area are the following:

 

Atlantic: (877) 426-7623

Burlington: (609) 726-7300 / (609) 265-5717

Camden: (856) 566-2980

Cape May: (609) 465-1035

Cumberland: (856) 453-2192

Gloucester: (800) 768-4653

Salem: (856) 768-0453

If you encounter a pothole on a local roadway, contact the appropriate municipality to learn about their reporting procedures. Many municipalities have online pothole reporting forms similar to NJDOT's, such as Evesham Township, Cherry Hill Township, and Egg Harbor Township.

 

 

South Jersey News Flash


FAQ: What's next for New Jersey's red light cameras
December 15, 2014 | NJ.com

Bumper to bumper: 20 traffic hot spots
December 16, 2014 | New Jersey Monthly

Not just tolls: EZ Pass keeping an eye on speeders
December 20, 2014 | USA Today

NJ eyes highway rest stop upgrades
December 29, 2014 | Press of Atlantic City

SaferRide, the app that can get you home alive on New Year's Eve
December 30, 2014 | NJ.com

20 road construction projects that will affect NJ drivers in 2015
January 4, 2015 | NJ.com

Rebuilt PATCO rail cars debut next month
January 7, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

New video shows how FHWA makes walking, biking safer
January 7, 2015 | USDOT Fast Lane Blog

 

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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