Equity in Transportation


Committed to Equity in Transportation

NJDOT is committed to ensuring that the funds allocated in its grant programs are equitably distributed across the state and meet the needs of our more vulnerable and traditionally underserved populations. NJDOT, in collaboration with the state's three Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), is working to ensure that the Federal Grant program meets the federal standards for ensuring equity in grant distribution.

Program Improvements

Starting with the 2020 Transportation Alternatives solicitation, NJDOT and the MPOs will add an equity component to the TAP program. The addition of this scoring criteria will ensure that applications provide additional benefit to a community or communities with populations defined by:

  • Executive Order on Environmental Justice (EJ) 12898;
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP); and
  • Individuals with disabilities.

Community Support

Community leaders and advocates are encouraged to consult your Local Government about project selection and work with them to ensure that projects are equitably distributed across your municipality. Each MPO has information for their sub-region to help you determine if a proposed project meets the equity criteria.

How We Can Support You

Proposed projects still need to fall within one of the seven categories for selection, be well-developed, and construction ready to first qualify for consideration.

To ensure that all LPAs get the assistance they need to develop a competitive application, the DOT is offering various pre-application support on an as-needed basis. We encourage you to take advantage. You can also find additional resources below.


TAP Workshop Training

Provides an overview of the program and guidance on how to apply. Please review the following online session:

Schedule a TAP pre-application meeting

We can assist you with your TAP application with a one-on-one meeting.Contact Us!

Environmental Justice Screening Tool (EJSCREEN)

Municipalities, Community Groups, and Advocates can use the EJ Screening tool to check if their proposed project will meet the EJ criteria.
Use the Screening Tool.
Screening Tool Guide

Federal Executive Order 12898

Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice (EJ) in Minority and Low-Income Populations (EO).
Read the Executive Order

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

USDOT EJ Resources
Read the EJ Strategy
Read EJ Order 5610.2

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

FHWA Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.
Read EJ Order 6640.23

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

DVRPC: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties
SJTPO: Atlantic, Cape May, Salem, and Cumberland counties
NJTPA: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties