Christie Administration awards $3 million in grants to support highway, bikeway programs
Municipalities and counties are eligible to compete for the grants. The FY 12 Bikeway grants are supporting projects in Linwood and Galloway (Atlantic County) South Orange (Essex County), East Windsor (Mercer County), Berkeley (Ocean County) and Old Bridge (Middlesex County). Recipients are receiving grants ranging from $75,000 $290,000.
NJDOT soliciting grant proposals
In addition to sending out Safe Corridor and Bikeway grant award letters, the Department is sending letters to all 566 municipalities and to all 21 counties to advise them that applications are now being accepted for a variety of FY 13 State Aid programs.
The grant programs are Municipal Aid, Transit Village, Bikeways and Safe Streets to Transit. Applications are due by September 28, 2012.
All municipalities are eligible to compete for Municipal Aid grants, which have been a significant source of revenue to fund local transportation projects. NJDOT has set a goal to award up to 10 percent of grant funds to projects that advance pedestrian safety, bikeways and streetscape improvements.
Only the municipalities that have been designated as Transit Villages can compete for Transit Village grants. Currently there are 24 such municipalities. A designated Transit Village is a municipality that has been recommended for designation by the interagency Transit Village Task Force. These municipalities have demonstrated a commitment to revitalizing and redeveloping the area around their transit facilities into a compact, mixed-use neighborhood with a strong residential component.
The Bikeways and Safe Streets to Transit competitive grants are available to municipalities and counties. The Safe Streets to Transit program encourages counties and municipalities to build safe and accessible pedestrian linkages to transit facilities to promote safety and increased use of public transportation.
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