(Trenton) -The Murphy Administration today announced the Fiscal Year 2019 Safe Streets to Transit Program (SSTT) grant. The New Jersey Department of Transportation, Division of Local Aid and Economic Development selected five municipal projects that are in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Monmouth and Union Counties totaling $1 million.
The SSTT program provides funds to counties and municipalities to improve the overall safety and accessibility for mass transit riders walking to transit facilities. The program encourages mass transit users to walk to transit stations, and facilitates the implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety near transit stations or facilities (within one mile). The New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund funds these grants.
“The Safe Streets to Transit Program focuses on pedestrian safety to and from transit facilities,” stated NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez- Scaccetti. “Providing sidewalks, safe and convenient ways to cross streets and comfortable and attractive environments, encourages walking as part of a healthy lifestyle, and reduces roadway congestion.”
The following five municipalities received grants totaling $1 million available in the FY 2019 Transit Village grant program:
- Berkeley Heights, Union County: $410,000
- Delran, Burlington County: $250,000
- Margate, Atlantic County: $150,000
- Red Bank, Monmouth County: $100,000
- Middle Township, Cape May County: $90,000
New Jersey counties and municipalities are eligible for the SSTT grant program. A 25-point rating system was used to review the applications with criteria that included, proximity to a transit facility, safety, accessibility, project need, and applicant’s past performance using other Local Aid funds.
The decision making process considered the geographical distribution of the final recommendations. To accomplish this, the highest rated project in each Metropolitan Planning Organization region was considered first, and then this process was repeated until all funds were committed.
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