The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently issued millions in Safe Streets to Transit and Bikeway grants to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians statewide.
[Above photo by New Jersey DOT]
The agency said the $8.6 million worth of fiscal year 2022 Safe Streets to Transit grants issued to 19 municipal projects in nine counties represents the largest amount of funds provided in a single year for this program.
“Providing safe transportation alternatives for everyone in our state, particularly those who rely on mass transit, is part of my commitment to make New Jersey more fair and equitable,” explained Governor Phil Murphy (D) in a statement.
“By significantly increasing the amount of money available to the Safe Streets to Transit Program, we are making sure people walking to transit facilities can do so safely,” he noted.
New Jersey DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti added that this funding allows those municipalities to improve sidewalks and provide safe and convenient crosswalks near bus and rail stations – helping promote the wider use of public transit.
The agency added that the Safe Streets to Transit program is one of several pedestrian safety initiatives funded through the State Transportation Trust Fund. The program encourages transit users to walk to transit stations and spurs the implementation of projects and activities that improve pedestrian conditions within a one-mile radius of a transit facility or station.
Concurrently, the New Jersey DOT issued 11 Bikeway Grants totaling $5.9 million to support local bicycle projects in nine counties statewide. “Investing in bikeways helps promote alternate forms of transportation and reduces our reliance on cars,” noted Gov. Murphy in a separate statement.
“Increased biking and walking are tangible steps we can take to achieve our climate change goals, while encouraging residents to live a healthy lifestyle,” he said.