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April 21, 2014

Re:  TRANSPORTATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Dear Mayor:

UPDATE: The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 Safe Routes to School and the Transportation Alternatives Programs has been extended to Monday, June 30th 2014
New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson recently announced two important transportation funding opportunities. Both are Federal Aid programs being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (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).

As with all federally funded programs, the funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis. The award of grants will be contingent upon the recipient’s ability to comply with all applicable federal financial management, project implementation, and oversight regulations. Before applying, applicants should assess their capability to comply with state and federal requirements for the administration of federal-aid highway grants set forth in Title 23 - Highways, 48 CFR Federal Acquisition Regulation; and 49 CFR 18-the Common Grant Rule. Public rights-of-way and facilities are required to be accessible for all users through the statutes regardless of funding source. Recipients of federal and state grants will be required to comply with the provisions of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS PROGRAM

The objectives of the SRTS Program are:

  • To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
  • To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and
  • To facilitate the development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of New Jersey’s primary and middle schools (Grades K-8).

Projects must be located within two miles of a school that serves students in grades K-8. Funding for the 2014 SRTS Program will be available for the construction of infrastructure projects only. Infrastructure projects may include the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, traffic calming measures, and other means to ensure the ease and safety of children walking or biking to school.

For this solicitation, Urban Aid Communities determined by the Department of Community
Affairs and municipalities containing Schools Development Authority (SDA) Districts outlined
by the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, may apply for design as well as
construction funds. Any municipality, school district, or county is eligible to apply for funding. Non-profit organizations are not eligible as direct grant recipients for this solicitation.
However, non-profit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume
responsibility and administration for the grant.

Applications for the SRTS Program are due on or before June 30, 2014 and must be submitted
online through NJDOT SAGE at: https://enterprisegrantapps.state.nj.us/NJSAGE/
Additional information on the SRTS Program is available at:
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/srts.shtm

TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM

Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). 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. The TAP program was established by Congress in 2012 under MAP-21, and is funded through a set-aside of the Federal-aid Highway Program. Eligible activities include most activities historically funded as "Transportation Enhancements" under SAFETEA-LU.

The State of New Jersey has elected to run a hybrid program for this solicitation, providing
maximum flexibility in using both SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21 funds. This solicitation includes
categories from the SAFETEA-LU Transportation Enhancement Program and others from the
MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program.

For this solicitation, eligible projects must be related to transportation and fall into one the following 7 categories:

  • Provisions of facilities for bicycles and pedestrians.
  • Scenic or historic highway programs, including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities as well as scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
  • Landscaping and other scenic beautification.
  • Historic preservation.
  • Rehabilitation of historic transportation buildings, structures and facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals).
  • Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian and bicycle trails).
  • Environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle- caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity.

You are invited to submit an application for a well-developed, construction-ready project that can qualify as a Transportation Alternatives project. The online Transportation Alternatives Handbook provides the necessary information for completing your application and also answers questions regarding eligibility and program requirements. The information can be found at:
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/Alternatives.shtm

The eligible entities to receive TAP funds are: local governments (municipalities and counties); regional
transportation authorities; transit agencies; natural resource or public land agencies; tribal governments and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency). Nonprofit organizations will not be directly eligible to apply for this solicitation. However, nonprofit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility and administration for the grant.

Applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program are due on or before June 30, 2014 and
must be submitted online through NJDOT SAGE at: https://enterprisegrantapps.state.nj.us/NJSAGE/

We recommend that you consult your Local Aid District Office and your corresponding Metropolitan
Planning Organization for assistance in preparing applications for these programs. A webinar explaining the Safe Routes to School and TAP grants can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_uJV2JeOKY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHdvdMGHlyI
There are additional resources available on the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Website at:
http://www.saferoutesnj.org/resources/funding.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

CONTACT INFORMATION
NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development

District 1
Roxbury Corporate Center
200 Stierli Court
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856
Phone: (973) 601-6700
Fax: (973) 601-6709
Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties

 

District 2
153 Halsey Street -5th floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 877-1500
Fax: (973) 648-4547
Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties

District 3
New Jersey Department of Transportation
District 3 Bureau of Local Aid
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (732) 625-4290
Fax (609) 530-8044
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties

 

District 4
1 Executive Campus
Route 70 West, 3rd Floor
Cherry Hill, NJ 08054
Phone: (856) 486-6618
Fax (856) 486-6771
Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties

Metropolitan Planning Organizations
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)
One Newark Center
17th floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 639-8400
Fax: (973) 639-1953
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties, and the Cities of Jersey City and Newark

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
Mr. John J. Coscia Jr.
190 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 592-1800
Fax: (215) 592-9125
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer Counties

South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO)
782 South Brewster Road, Unit B6
Vineland, NJ 08360
Phone: (856) 794-1941
Fax: (856) 794-2549
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties

 

 

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