Issue: 13                                     Government Services                                  March 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!



CCCTMA Presents at NJ Bike and Walk Summit


The 2015 New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit was held on February 21, 2015. The Summit, which is organized annually by the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition in collaboration with the Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC), is New Jersey's statewide meeting of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, elected officials, municipal and county staff, transportation planners, bicyclists, and others that are interested in making New Jersey a better place to bike and walk. The 2015 Summit attracted hundreds of attendees and featured more than twenty presentations, one of which featured Patrick Farley, Land Use and Transportation Specialist, and John Hainsworth, GIS and Technology Specialist.


Patrick Farley and John Hainsworth presenting on prioritizing bicycle improvements at the 2015 NJ Bike and Walk Summit

Photo Credit: Jonathan Hawkins

Patrick and John presented on prioritizing bicycle improvements using GIS models. Patrick discussed the need for such a model and the role it played in the development of a phasing plan for the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan, while John provided an overview of the technical aspects of the GIS model. The presentation was part of a Pecha Kucha session, in which numerous speakers gave concise, fast-paced seven minute presentations. To learn more about the prioritization model developed by Cross County Connection, visit the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan website



Pureland East-West Community Shuttle


Starting this spring, a new community shuttle service will be available in Gloucester County. The shuttle will serve residents and employees of Williamstown, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, and Swedesboro, where there is currently a lack of east-west transit options. The new shuttle will enhance access to employment, human services, and healthcare for many residents of the region, including approximately 20,000 households that are located in proximity to the route.

The shuttle will transport passengers between the Pureland Industrial Park in Logan Township and NJ TRANSIT's Avandale Park and Ride. The shuttle schedule and stops are designed to connect to NJ TRANSIT bus services (routes 400, 401, 402, 408, 410, 412, 459, 463, and 551) and provide a supplementary service for riders. In addition to improving access to employment, human services, and health care, the shuttle will focus on accommodating employees who work in Pureland during various shifts. An additional shuttle will circulate throughout the industrial park to transport passengers to their final destination.

The Pureland East-West Community Shuttle is funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Pascale Sykes Foundation, which supports innovative, flexible, holistic, and long-range programs that promote the integrity, independence, and well-being of families. The community shuttle is also funded through a grant from NJ TRANSIT, and Gloucester County will donate three buses from its Transportation Division to be used for the service. The East-West Community Shuttle is a collaborative effort between the United Way of Gloucester County, numerous Gloucester County departments, South Jersey Transportation Authority, Heart of Gloucester County, Pascale Sykes Foundation, NJ TRANSIT, and Cross County Connection TMA.

Shuttle service is expected to begin in the spring. A one-way trip will cost $1, but the first month of service will be free.  



FY 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant Recipients Announced

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a competitive grant program administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). TAP provides federal funds for community-based "non-traditional" projects, which include the provision of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic or historic highway programs, landscaping and other scenic beautification projects, the preservation of abandoned railway corridors, and more.

Recipients of FY 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grants in Cross County Connection's service area include:

  • Atlantic City - Atlantic Avenue Improvement Project ($966,000)
  • Burlington County - Delaware River Heritage Trail, Route 130 Bypass, Fieldsboro to Florence Connector Trail ($750,000)
  • Delaware River Port Authority - Benjamin Franklin Bridge South Walkway Bicycle and Pedestrian Ramp Project ($800,000)
  • Egg Harbor City - Atlantic Avenue Transit Path Extension ($296,000)
  • Millville City - Maurice River Bikeway Trail - Phase V ($517,000)
  • Pennsauken Township - Pennsauken-Merchantville Multi-Use Trail ($755,000)
  • Somers Point - Somers Point Bikeway Extension Phase II ($171,000)
  • Wenonah Borough - Multi-Modal Transportation Improvements to Mantua Avenue, from Monroe Avenue to Marion Avenue ($900,000)

Click here to see the full list of grant recipients. 



Camden City Adopts Sustainability Ordinance


Sharrows on Pearl Street in Camden City

On February 10, 2015, Camden City Council adopted New Jersey's first Sustainability Site Plan Ordinance. The Ordinance Adopting Sustainability Requirements for the City of Camden requires applicants for new developments to submit an Environmental Impacts and Benefits Assessment (EIBA). This assessment requires developers to address the potential impacts of a development on the environment, public health, and welfare of City residents. Several questions included in the EIBA relate to transportation and address traffic calming, pedestrian safety, safe routes to school, and trails. The EIBA will also reference the City's Complete Streets policy, and a copy of the resolution will be included with application materials. The completed assessment will be reviewed by the Camden City Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment prior to project approval. With a number of large-scale projects on the horizon, the adoption of the sustainability ordinance is timely. The components that relate to active transportation will also complement other on-going bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts in the City and the region.

The development of the ordinance was a collaborative effort that included the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Environmental Justice, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Camden, Camden County, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, Camden SMART Team, Cooper's Ferry Partnership, the Camden Green Team, and others. Work on the ordinance was also supported by a $20,000 Sustainable Jersey Small Grant.



Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

Last month, the National Complete Streets Coalition revealed the best Complete Streets policies of 2014. More than 70 jurisdictions adopted Complete Streets policies in 2014, including twenty municipalities and one county in New Jersey. The National Complete Streets Coalition examined and scored each policy by comparing adopted policy language to the ideal elements of a policy. Ideal policies provide for many types of roadway users, reflect a community's vision and needs, and establish a flexible project delivery approach.

The top Complete Streets policies of 2014 included: 


1. Ogdensburg, NY

2. Troy, NY

3. Lakemoor, IL (tie)

3. Dawson County, MT (tie)

3. Austin, TX (tie)

6. Acton, MA (tie)

6. Middleton, MA (tie)

6. Reading, MA (tie)

6. Salem, MA (tie)

10. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Tranpsortation Authority (tie)

10. Stoughton, MA


You can learn more about these policies and the selection process by reading the report, watching the archived webinar, or downloading the presentation.



Current Grant Opportunities

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ)
South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO)
Application Deadline: June 5, 2015
*For municipalities in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ)
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
Application Deadline: 5PM, April 9, 2015
*For municipalities in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer Counties

Recreational Trails Program
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015



Upcoming Webinars

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies
National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 1PM - 2PM

Evaluating Complete Streets Projects
National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 1PM - 2PM



South Jersey News Flash

East-west shuttle aims to connect Pureland, bus services
South Jersey Times | February 9, 2015

Medford planners to look at Route 70 ordinance to make sure it's clear
South Jersey Local News | February 13, 2015

Evesham road projects in works for 2015
South Jersey Local News | February 16, 2015

Glassboro-Camden light rail still on hold with 'no timeline' while officials debate transportation funding
South Jersey Times | February 19, 2015

N.J. Department of Transportation bridge-repair funding to continue after funding concerns
South Jersey Times | March 2, 2015

NJ Transit gets more federal funds for Sandy-related work
Asbury Park Press | March 2, 2015

Two Vineland road projects face different outcomes
Press of Atlantic City | March 5, 2015

N.J. preps $4M army of pothole killers and fillers for battle with besieged roads | March 9, 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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