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On May 11th, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) launched its “Commitment to Communities Initiative” to help local governments deliver successful transportation projects. This initiative offers Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grants (Trenton) available to local governments to help them succeed in delivering transportation projects that improve the quality of life for those traveling in and through New Jersey.

As part of the Commitment to Communities Initiative, NJDOT will host a series of grant application workshops to coincide with the opening of the grant applications solicitations for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program and the Transportation Alternatives Set-Asides (TA-Set asides). Both of these programs are federally-funded and have awarded millions of dollars to towns in New Jersey.

Both programs are administered by 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). The grant solicitation period for SRTS and TA-Set asides opened on May 15 with applications accepted through August 23.

NJDOT is offering workshops across the state that will provide tips and strategies for applying for federal and state grants, and highlight successful bicycle and pedestrian projects in New Jersey. The next meeting in our region is Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10am: NJDOT Headquarters, Trenton.  Anyone can attend, please register here.

Seven projects received awards in 2016 for a total of $4.9M.

More information on the workshops can be found at www.saferoutesnj.org.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program geared toward enabling and encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS facilitates the planning, development and implementation of projects that improve safety and air quality, as well as reduce traffic and fuel consumption around schools. Projects should be located near K – 8 schools. The Transportation Alternatives Set-Asides (TA-Set aside) provides federal funds for community based “non-traditional” surface transportation projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system. 

Sarah Clark Stuart

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Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.