Issue: 20                                     Government Services                                          2016


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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!



The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle 

As of January 4, 2015, people in and around Atlantic County have a new way to get around. The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle is a 24-mile route that serves residents and employees of Hammonton, Folsom Borough, Collings
 Lakes, Newtonville, Landisville, Minotola, Buena Vista, and Richland, where there was previously a lack of accessible public transit. The new shuttle enhances access to employment, human services, and healthcare for many residents in the region. 

The Route 54/40 Community Shuttle runs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The shuttle is free to use. The schedule and stops are designed to connect to NJ TRANSIT bus service (routes 554 and 553) and the Atlantic City Rail Line.


The Route 54/40 Community Shuttle is a collaborative partnership between the South Jersey Transportation Authority, Atlantic County, the Pascale Sykes Foundation, NJ TRANSIT, Family Services Association, and Cross County Connection TMA.


For more information or the shuttle schedule, please contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228 or visit



South Jersey Complete Streets Implementation Workshop Summary

Cross County Connection held its South Jersey Complete Streets Implementation Workshop on January 20th. The event was a great success, with 70 attendees from various municipalities, counties, agencies, and organizations working to make our region's streets safe and efficient for all users.


The workshop functioned as a direct peer-to peer exchange, where elected officials, planners, engineers and other departmental staff shared their experiences firsthand and addressed attendees' questions. This workshop offered an opportunity to get a real ground level perspective on what has, and has not, worked from the individuals responsible for implementing their community's Complete Streets policy.

Panelists addressed the following topics:

  • Planning, project management, and engineering tools utilized to facilitate routine implementation of a Complete Streets policy
  •  Examples of innovative bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in Ocean City, NJ
  • The value of forming partnerships between county and municipal levels of government to improve communication and leverage available resources through cost-sharing:
  •  Incorporating Complete Streets concepts into your land use ordinance and development review processes;
  • Incorporating Complete Streets concepts into long range planning strategies, such as Smart Growth;
  • Securing and administering funding through state and federal aid grant programs;
  • Improving the health of your communities through Complete Streets.

Materials from this workshop are available on Cross County Connection's website, We would like to remind you that Cross County Connection is a resource for you and your community. If you need any help with issues in your community/organization related to Complete Streets, please contact Patrick Farley, our Senior Land Use and Transportation Planner, at or 856-569-8228 with any questions or other inquiries.



Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Deadline: February 7, 2016  

A new round of funding is available for the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program. There is $200,000 of funding available for municipalities, which are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000. The funding supports communities' efforts to implement projects that gain points toward Sustainable Jersey Certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. The deadline for the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program is February 7, 2016. Application instructions are here. If your municipality is not yet Sustainable Jersey Certified or ready to submit an application this cycle, check the Sustainable Jersey website for tips on how you could work toward Sustainable Jersey Certification and get ready for next year's opportunities.



Upcoming Webinars (Free!)

Making a Game Plan for Getting Certified
Sustainable Jersey
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Stay in the Game! Strategize your Recertification
Sustainable Jersey
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm 



South Jersey News Flash

Indego Has Inroads Yet to Make | January 28, 2016

NJ Pedestrian Deaths Drop by 7 in 2015, Remain Serious Issue | January 17, 2016

Bikeshare Programs Could Start Getting More Federal Money | January 14, 2016

Road Warrior: Bicycle Fatalities in N.J. Defy Overall Drop in Traffic Deaths | January 14, 2016

N.J. Cops Talk Pedestrian Safety After Multiple Crashes | January 7, 2016| January 7, 2016

Service Begins for Free Route 54/40 Shuttle 
The Daily Journal | January 6, 2016

ShapingNJ Grants Awarded in South Jersey

Courier-Post |  January 2, 2016



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.