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Issue: 4                                        Government Services                                    June 2014

 


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

 

 

Burlington County Bicycle Master
Plan Public Open House

 

Please join Cross County Connection, Burlington County staff, and other stakeholders tonight for a public information session regarding the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan. Learn about the plan, engage with project planners, view maps of the county's proposed bicycle network, and find out about the latest advancements in bicycle infrastructure.

The Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan is a two-phase project. The Phase I report was completed in September 2013 and involved documenting existing conditions for bicycling in the county and planning a comprehensive network of bikeways. Phase II deals primarily with the implementation of the bicycle network and addresses project prioritization, phasing, facility design, programs and policies, funding, and benchmarks. For more information, please visit bikeplan.org

 

 

SJTPO Announces Local Safety Program Grants

   

The South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) has been working collaboratively with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), subregions and other state and local agencies to address identified safety concerns within the SJTPO region. The purpose of the Local Safety Program is to advance safety improvements identified by a network screening of the region's county and local roadway facilities based on high-crash locations. Systemic improvements such as centerline rumble strips and others will be considered for funding as well. 

 

The Local Safety Program is intended to be a competitive annual program that provides funding from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) for all phases of safety improvement projects on county and local roads, including design, right-of-way acquisition, construction, and construction inspection, but must be considered as part of a cost-benefit analysis. The SJTPO region is funded at $1 million for the current program year and anticipated to increase to $2 million in FY 2015.  Unlike other federal funding sources, HSIP may fund projects on all public roads.     

 

Eligible applicants include municipalities and counties in the SJTPO region, which encompasses Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties. Regional priority locations within the SJTPO region have been identified and can be found at http://www.sjtpo.org/HSIP.html. Applicants are strongly encouraged to select safety project locations from the network screening lists.  Evaluation of the projects will consider priority locations, construction readiness of a project, and potential safety benefits from the proposed improvements.  Bonus points will be awarded if the proposed improvement considers FHWA's Office of Safety Proven Countermeasures, incorporates recommendations from a previous Road Safety Audit, includes a detailed crash analysis, and is located within one of the top 15 priority locations within the SJTPO region.

 

The deadline for submitting all applications and supporting materials is Tuesday, July 1, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sjtpo.org/HSIP.html or contact Jennifer Marandino, Team Leader of Capital Programming & Safety, at (856) 794-1941

 

 

Atlantic and Cape May Counties Green Team Networking Event - June 18



Twenty-nine of thirty-nine municipalities in Atlantic and Cape May Counties participate in the Sustainable Jersey program. Sustainable Jersey and several local green teams are organizing a regional group of green team members and other partners to initiate a regional hub of activity. To kick off this initiative, Green Team members from the area and resource providers are invited to attend a networking event on Wednesday, June 18th at Obadiah's in Mamora, NJ. Cross County Connection TMA will attend as a resource provider to discuss transportation-related action items that we can assist with. For more information about the event, click here!

 

 

Cumberland County Bikeways Inventory Commences

 
Cross County Connection is currently updating the Cumberland County Bikeways Inventory, which was last revised in 2007. Maps and surveys were distributed to representatives from all 14 municipalities, the county, and SJTPO for their review. The findings from the process will function as a snapshot of bicycle planning and implementation in the county in 2014 and will assist communities with identifying network gaps and coordinating local bicycle planning efforts. Stay tuned for updated information regarding newly constructed and recently proposed bikeways in Cumberland County.

 

 

US DOT Releases New Proposed Transportation Planning Rules

   

The United States Department of Transportation has proposed revisions to the regulations that govern the development of metropolitan transportation plans and programs, state transportation plans and programs, and the congestion management process. The proposed regulations will help implement changes to the planning process that are contained in MAP-21. While MAP-21 left the basic transportation planning framework intact, the bill created a new performance-based planning, which the newly proposed regulations will help to implement.

  The new rules propose the following:

  • State departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) would be required to take performance-based approaches to planning and programming.
  • State departments of transportation would be required to have greater involvement with local officials in non-metropolitan transportation planning and develop a process for establishing regional transportation planning organizations (RTPOs).
  • A structural change to MPO board membership would be introduced, which would require the inclusion of representatives of public transportation providers.
  • The integration of the planning and environmental review process would be revised. 

The release of the proposed changes comes at a time when the future of MAP-21 is uncertain. Signed into law in 2012, MAP-21 is set to expire at the end of September 2014. It is likely that Congress will be forced to extend the current bill.  

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation will accept comments on the new proposed planning rules until September 2nd, 2014. To read the full proposal, click here

 

 

Safe Passing Bill Approved by Assembly

 

The New Jersey Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee voted to approve a four-foot safe passing bill last month. The bill was also approved on Monday, June 16 by the NJ Assembly. The new bill calls for drivers to keep a distance of four feet while passing cyclists and pedestrians on roadways. 

 

The bill is a key piece of legislation to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety within the state. Last year bicycle and pedestrian fatalities made up 27 percent of all road fatalities according to New Jersey State Police. Bicycle and pedestrian advocate groups such as New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition hope that this bill will be one of many to be passed to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians when sharing the road with motorists. 

 

 

Grant Funding Opportunities

 

 

CCCTMA in the News


New Jersey bicyclists could get 3 foot buffer zone from cars
May 19, 2014 | NewsWorks

Walk and Bike to School event stresses safety in Egg Harbor City
May 23, 2014 | Press of Atlantic City

 

 

South Jersey News Flash


Mount Holly pedestrian bridge to get overhaul
May 15, 2014 | Burlington County Times

Township Secures $360,000 State Grant to Finish Bike Path
May 16, 2014 | Cape May County Herald

You Shore don't need a car at the beach these days
May 16, 2014 | Philly.com

Van Drew Bills Providing South Jersey with Stronger Voice Advance
May 19, 2014 | Cape May County Herald

$2.3B N.J. Turnpike widening project reaches new milestone, diverting traffic
May 19, 2014 | The Times of Trenton

Bike Paths Add 'Green' Ways to See County
May 21, 2014 | Cape May County Herald

Hammonton to see more than $450,000 in transportation grants
May 27, 2014 | NBC 40

Several road projects planned in Camden County next week
May 30, 2014 | South Jersey Times

DRPA may bring back commuter discounts
June 6, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

New York, New Jersey Transit Agencies Awarded DOT $234M for Sandy Recovery
June 2, 2014 | Claims Journal

NJ Transit riders gain one-stop shopping for tickets between Atlantic City and New York
June 2, 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.