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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!



FHWA Releases Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide

 Within the last month the Federal Highway Administration has introduced a Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide. The guide can serve as a beneficial resource to counties and municipalities looking to build or improve networks of bicycle infrastructure that are safe, accessible and connected for bicyclist of all ages and abilities. Separated bike lanes (also known as "cycle tracks" or "protected bike lanes") vary from traditional bike lanes in that they are exclusively for bicyclists, are located within the roadway, and are physically separated from vehicles, typically with a vertical element. Separated bike lanes offer a lot of flexibility in an area. The bike lanes can be designed to serve as one-way or two-way facilities; they can integrate with automobile traffic, be at roadway grade or raised, and can have various treatments separating them from the roadway or sidewalk. FHWA's guide provides background on these design options, as well as different planning recommendations.

The guide offers case studies in communities where different practices were used and discusses the results of implementing protected bike lanes. The guide follows the U.S. Department of Transportation's policy to provide pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, and supports their ongoing Safer People, Safer Streets initiative. Creating comfortable and connected infrastructure for bicyclist is essential in making bicycling a viable choice of transportation in an area. With the launch of the Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, counties and municipalities now have access to this resource to build or improve conditions for bicyclists in South Jersey. 


For more information about the Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, or to view a PDF of the guide visit the Federal Highway Administration website




NJDOT Receives America's Transportation Award for US 322/ Mullica Hill Pond Dam Project

This year New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) was the recipient of two 2015 America's Transportation Awards. One award was for the Best Use of Innovation, and the other was in the Quality of Life/Community Development category, right here in South Jersey.


NJDOT's project in Harrison Township is along the U.S. 322 Bridge/Mullica Hill Pond. This project came to surface after Hurricane Irene left the dam and bridge severely damaged in 2011. By replacing what had become a dangerous site, and restoring it to meet current safety regulations NJDOT was not only able to improve the safety for the surrounding community, but also to reestablish access to the pond for fishing and other recreational activities.The new bridge reinforces NJDOT's complete streets initiative by accommodating for safe and comfortable pedestrian travel. 


The annual America's Transportation Awards are co-sponsored by AAA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in order to support transportation projects at the federal, state and local levels. 





PATCO Debuts Refurbished Rail Cars


After a long-awaited debut, PATCO finally introduced the first of its refurbished railcars. Six refurbished railcars, of the 120-car fleet, were unveiled on May 28th at the PATCO Woodcrest Station.


The rebuilt cars feature new interiors, thicker windows, better weather stripping, and brand new heating and air conditioning systems. New safety features include a new passenger alarm with an intercom which allows passengers to communicate with the train operator and interior security cameras that have a connection to an externally accessible digital video recorder (DVR). Improved brakes allow for more stability, quicker stops, and enhanced power conservation. The railcars also include new communication systems both inside and outside of the cars so announcements can be heard clearly from inside the train and on the platform.


The improvements in the cars are not only for passengers; PATCO operators will also notice that the cars are easier to move along the track and feature improved communication and navigation tools. Though the cars have undergone serious improvements, some things that have not changed include the stainless steel shells and the traction motors. As the remaining refurbished cars enter service, they will be renamed with a four-digit identification number. The new cars are being referred to as "the 1000-Series cars"


Following over a year's delay to resolve issues with the prototype cars, PATCO is now in production mode. In addition to the six initial cars, another eight cars will be ready for service by this summer. PATCO anticipates having the entire fleet of cars refurbished within the next 18 months. The rail car project will cost about $194 million, over $85 million of which is being federally funded. This project is the largest expenditure since the PATCO's inception in 1969. With the new rebuilt cars PATCO emphasizes their priority and focus on customer comfort and safety. 


For more information about the transit car overhaul project, visit PATCO's website.



Upcoming Webinars


Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Thursday, June 18 | 2:00-3:30pm



South Jersey News Flash


Moorestown Patch | May 26, 2015


NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center | May 28, 2015


Press of Atlantic City | June 1, 2015 | June 2, 2015


Shore News Today | June 6, 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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