A suburban bike lane on Academy St in Clayton, NJ

A suburban bike lane on Academy St in Clayton, NJ

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides federal funds for community based “non-traditional” projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system. This includes biking and walking facilities, and we need your input to get many of these projects completed in South New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Transportation is holding TAP workshops in our region to inform the public and municipal officials about its TAP program and to announce how communities can apply for a federal grants to build trails and improve bicycling and walking facilities.

According to SafeRoutesNJ, eligible projects must fall into the following categories:

  1. Design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of vehicles.
  2. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation users.
  3. Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas.
  4. Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities both land and water such as building structures and canals.
  5. Community improvement activities specifically, streetscaping and corridor landscaping.
  6. Environmental mitigation to address stormwater management, control and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or sure to highway runoff.
  7. Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.

The deadline for applying is November 10th.

And if you need help applying, there are meetings you can attend to show you how to do just that. Here are the dates:

Monday, September 26, 2016 in Camden: REGISTER NOW! Rutgers‐Camden, Campus Center ‐‐ South ABC Conference Room 326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ — 10am ‐ 12pm

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in Vineland: REGISTER NOW! Cumberland County College Luciano Conference Center ‐ Forum Room 3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ — 10am ‐ 12pm

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