The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) this week announced $8.6 million in FY 2022 Safe Streets to Transit (SSTT) Program grants for 19 municipal projects in nine counties.
According to NJDOT, this year’s grants represent the largest amount of funds provided in a single year for the SSTT Program.
“The increased funding means a record number of communities are receiving Safe Streets to Transit grants this year to improve pedestrian safety throughout the state,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said in a statement. “These grants will allow 19 municipalities to improve sidewalks and provide safe and convenient crosswalks near bus and rail stations, promoting the use of public transit.”
The SSTT program is one of several pedestrian safety initiatives funded through the State Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The SSTT program provides funding to counties and municipalities to improve the overall safety and accessibility for mass transit riders walking to transit facilities.
The program encourages transit users to walk to transit stations, and facilitates the implementation of projects and activities that will improve pedestrian conditions within a 1-mile radius of a transit facility or station.
This year, two additional appropriations were funded for this program: one was for $1.8 million, and another $5.8 million provided from Grants-in-Aid programs appropriations.
Projects are awarded on a competitive basis taking into consideration proximity to a transit facility, safety, accessibility, project need and applicant’s past performance using other local aid funds.
SOURCE: New Jersey DOT