Issue: 1                                      Government Services                                    March 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!



Cross County Connection Launches Government Services Website 

Cross County Connection provides a wide range of transportation-related planning services to municipal and county governments and community organizations. These services are designed to supplement a community's existing resources and are always coordinated with local representatives.

Cross County Connection has just launched a new website containing information about its government services, including GIS mapping, Safe Routes to School, and technical assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning and Sustainable Jersey certification. Visit and click on Government Services to see how Cross County Connection can assist your municipality with advancing local transportation initiatives.



Grant Funding Opportunities

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)  

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is accepting applications for the 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). TAP provides federal funds for community-based, construction-ready, "non-traditional" transportation projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal system. Eligible projects include most activities historically funded as "Transportation Enhancements" under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), including the provision of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, preservation of abandoned railway corridors, historic preservation, and more.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014
Programmed Amount: $15.5 million
For more information, please visit:

NJDOT is accepting applications for the 2014 SRTS program infrastructure grants. Funding for this Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) program will be available only for the construction of infrastructure projects within two miles of a school that serves children in grades K-8. Projects may include the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, traffic calming measures, and other means to ensure the ease and safety of children walking or biking to school. Non-profit organizations are no longer eligible to receive funding in 2014 unless they partner with a Local Public Agency (LPA) that obtains and administers the grant.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014
Programmed Amount: $5.6 million
For more information, please visit

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is now accepting applications for its TCDI grant program. This initiative supports local development and redevelopment efforts in communities in the region. The program provides funding for municipalities to undertake planning, analysis, and design initiatives for projects or programs that implement the region's long-range transportation plan, Connections 2040, and enhance or improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system.

Application Deadline: May 30th, 2014 by 5pm
Mandatory Pre-Application Meeting: Tuesday, March 18th from 4pm - 6pm
Programmed Amount: $2.2 million
For more information please visit:

NJ TRANSIT is accepting applications to cover public transit operating costs under the NJ-JARC program (SFY15 & SFY16). The Federal Transit Administration's JARC program aims to break down barriers to employment opportunities for low-income persons by increasing access to transportation programs that are open to all transit-dependent persons.  

Eligible applicants for NJ-JARC include private non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, and operators of public transportation services, including private operators of public transportation services. Applicants must be active participants in their county's local human services transportation coordination planning process. 

Application Deadline: March 28, 2014
Programmed Amount: $8.6 million
For more information, please visit:


The United States Department of Transportation is accepting applications for TIGER grants. TIGER grants may be used to build and repair critical pieces of our freight and passenger transportation networks. Since 2009, Congress has dedicated more than $4.1 billion for six rounds to fund projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area. In 2010, Camden City obtained a TIGER grant to help construct its bicycle and pedestrian network.

Eligible applicants for TIGER grants inlclude state, local, and county governments, transit agencies, MPOs, and more. Applicants must detail the benefits their project would deliver for five long-term outcomes: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, livability and environmental sustainability. The USDOT is hosting a series of webinars that will address how to compete for TIGER funds, how to prepare a grant application, and how to prepare the required benefit-cost analysis.  


Application Deadline: April 28th, 2014
Programmed Amount: $600 million
For more information, please visit



Cross County Connection Launches I-295 Direct Connection Website for Commuters


In partnership with NJDOT, Cross County Connection has launched a website dedicated to providing commuters with updated information and travel solutions for the on-going Direct Connection roadwork on I-295 in Camden County.


Visit daily to view live traffic conditions in the project area and for detailed information on upcoming detours and closures. The site includes an interactive map to explore the different stages of the project and view before/after renditions of the interchange.



Upcoming Events

Fundamentals for Effective Environmental Commissions
Saturday, March 15th | 9am - 1:30pm
Howard Haneman Environmental Park, Recycling Center Meeting Room
6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Preparing a TIGER Planning Grant Application
Wednesday, March 19th | 2pm - 3pm

Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a TIGER Discretionary Grant
Wednesday, March 26th | 2pm - 3pm

Promoting Active Communities Through Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
Friday, April 4th | 1pm - 2:30pm

New Jersey TransAction Conference 2014
Tuesday - Thursday, April 8th - 10th
Tropicana Hotel and Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ 



South Jersey News Flash

Poll: N.J. residents oppose raising gas tax
Asbury Park Press | March 10, 2014

South Jersey group surveying drivers to gauge road needs
Press of Atlantic City | February 23, 2014

Green Team plans to make Margate beacon of sustainability
Press of Atlantic City | February 19, 2014



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.