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Issue: 3                                        Government Services                                     May 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!

 

 

Burlington County Receives Air Quality Excellence Award


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 Group

 

Photo 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 ecohen@vision-edge.com or 609-217-1412.

 

 

Sustainable Jersey Certification Deadline: June 8th

 
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.

Cross 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

 

Cross County Connection's Executive Director, Bill Ragozine was a panelist at the 2014 New Jersey TransAction Conference. The panel discussion, An Efficient and Safe Transportation System? Use Technology! focused on ways that technology can enhance the region's transportation system.

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 Highlights

 

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.  

 

 

Voorhees 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.

 

Haddonfield 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 Action Items. 

 

 

May is Bike Month

 
May is National Bike Month! Additionally, Governor Christie proclaimed May 19 - 23 Bike and Walk to School Week!




To 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 Benefits Package


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 bike-share programs.

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.

 

 

Grant Funding Opportunities

 

 

Upcoming Events

 
Webinar: Age-Friendly Communities
Friday, May 30 | 1pm - 2:30pm
American Planning Association: New Jersey Chapter

Effective Strategies for Helping Your Community to Save Energy, Reduce Costs, and Increase Resiliency
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 Fair
Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 10am - 4pm
Carslake Community Center
207 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505

 

 

South Jersey News Flash


Vineland project would redesign stretch of Chestnut Avenue
May 6, 2014 | Press of Atlantic City

Christie Administration announces local aid to South Jersey municipalities to control property taxes
May 6, 2014 | South Jersey Times

State sends roadwork aid to county
May 9, 2014 | The Daily Journal

DRPA panel approves new plan for bike ramp at bridge
May 9, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Middle Township receives state grant for local road projects
May 13, 2014 | Cape May County Herald

 

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.