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!
Burlington County Receives Air Quality
The Air Quality Partnership (AQP), a program of the Delaware Valley
Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), annually awards one public and
one private institution for their efforts to improve air quality.
This year, the Air Quality Partnership awarded the Burlington County
Board of Chosen Freeholders for the comprehensive steps it took to
improve air quality and reduce pollution, such as setting up a
carpool program for employees, installing solar panels to power
county offices, and capturing methane gas from a landfill to fuel
their compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fleet. Cross County
Connection congratulates Burlington County for receiving the award
and serving as a model for the region.
Burlington County Green Teams Form Regional
Credit: Ila Vassallo
Last month, over 20 people from Green Teams throughout
Burlington County participated in a Food for Thought lunch.
This informal group of like-minded individuals formed the Burlington
County Region Sustainability Partners group. The purpose of the group
is to form stronger connections with others working on sustainability
efforts in Burlington County. The Group plans on meeting 4-6 times
per year to discuss each other's sustainability efforts, learn from
one another and promote regionalism. To join the group or learn more,
contact Ed Cohen, Mt. Laurel Green Team at email@example.com
Sustainable Jersey Certification Deadline:
Green Teams throughout New Jersey are working hard to complete Action
Items and submit their applications to Sustainable Jersey for
certification by the June 8th deadline.
County Connection reminds communities in South Jersey to contact us
regarding free technical assistance with transportation-related
action items, such as Complete Streets, Bicycle and/or Pedestrian
Audit, Anti-Idling Education and Enforcement, and more to help your
community complete its application. For more information about how we
can assist your community with completing the final actions for your
application, please visit our Government Services
website or call (856) 596-8228. For detailed descriptions of
Action Items and other resources, please visit www.sustainablejersey.com.
CCCTMA's Executive Director Presents at New
Jersey's Annual Transportation Conference
County Connection's Executive Director, Bill Ragozine was a panelist
at the 2014 New Jersey TransAction Conference. The panel
Efficient and Safe Transportation System? Use Technology!
focused on ways that technology can enhance the region's
Bill presented Cross County Connection's web applications, including Transit Locator, NJ Intersections, and NJ Evacuation. These apps help to
improve the safety and efficiency of the regional transportation
network by providing commuters with crucial trip planning
information. The Transit Locator helps commuters
identify nearby transportation options with GPS capabilities, NJ Intersections allows motorists to
view real-time information and traffic cameras to identify which
roadways are congested, and NJ Evacuation helps people identify
New Jersey evacuation routes in case of an emergency. Click the links
above to see the apps in action.
Earth Day was
observed nationally on Tuesday, April 22 and communities throughout
New Jersey celebrated the occasion with fairs, festivals, and other
activities the following weekend. Cross County Connection attended
Earth Day festivities in two of its member municipalities - Voorhees
Township and Haddonfield Borough.
Township's second annual Earth Day event was a huge success. The
event was held at the future site of the Voorhees Environmental Park;
a 37-acre remediated landfill. Participants learned about the
development plans for the park, met with local vendors, and flew
kites. Bicycle safety was also a theme of the event. In addition to
Cross County Connection, Camden County Bike Share, Erlton Bike Shop,
and Team Evesham were in attendance. Cross County Connection
discussed bicycle safety with children and their parents and provided
safety literature and reflective wrist bands to the kids.
Additionally, Camden County Bike Share and Erlton Bike Shop each
raffled off two bicycles, and Cross County Connection provided
bicycle helmets to the winners.
Borough also had a successful bicycle-themed Earth Day celebration.
The event was held at Crows Woods Pavilion and featured a stage with
live musical performances. There was also an organized bicycle ride
to Grove Street to promote the use of proposed bike lanes. A ribbon
cutting ceremony was also held at a new trail bridge in Crows Woods,
and those who attended the fair were invited to ride a stationary
smoothie-making bike. Cross County Connection distributed bicycle
safety literature, bicycle helmets, and reflective arm bands to
children and their parents.
In addition to
promoting environmental awareness, sustainable transportation, and
celebrating Earth Day, green fairs like these can earn a community
ten points towards Sustainable Jersey certification. Visit Cross
County Connection's Government Services webpage or contact
us at (856) 596-8228 to learn more about how we can assist your
municipality with its green fair and other transportation-related
May is National Bike Month! Additionally, Governor Christie
proclaimed May 19 - 23 Bike and Walk to School Week!
celebrate the occasion, Cross County Connection invites bicycle
commuters to share their stories and enter to win giveaways!
Senate Votes to Add Bike-Share to Commuter
Last month an amendment to make Bike-Share memberships eligible for
federal commuter tax benefits up to $20 a month passed the Senate
Finance Committee. This amendment comes at a time where more people
are biking to work and taking advantage of newly established
Adding the option of bike-sharing to the commuter tax benefit package
may encourage more people to bike to work, alleviate congestion, and
promote cleaner transportation options. Current annual Bike Share
membership fees range from $75 to $150, depending on the location and
the bike-share sponsor. With a pre-tax deduction of up to $20 per
month, biking to work may become more appealing and economically
feasible for commuters.
Friday, May 30 | 1pm - 2:30pm
American Planning Association: New Jersey Chapter
for Helping Your Community to Save Energy, Reduce Costs, and Increase
Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 1pm - 3:30pm
The College of New Jersey, Education Building, Room 212
2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
Bordentown City Green
Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 10am - 4pm
Carslake Community Center
207 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505
County Connection's Mission:
improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey through
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
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.