New Jersey announces funding for Safe Routes to School program

June 1, 2022

$19.6 million in federal grants aimed at helping municipalities make pedestrian safety improvements

In a press release, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced 31 grants under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program totaling $19.6 million, the largest amount ever awarded for the program. 

The SRTS is a federally-funded program to increase pedestrian safety among motorists and schoolchildren. The program was created to encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. Projects are designed to improve safety, as well as reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools.

The program is administered by the NJDOT in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization.

“The Safe Routes to School program is a great example of how NJDOT, working with the state’s three regional planning authorities, helps our communities access federal funding for local transportation projects,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “These grants will provide resources to improve sidewalks and bike paths to encourage children to stay active by walking and biking to school.”

The goal is to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.

Infrastructure improvement projects to be funded through this program include the construction of sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on street bicycle facilities, and the installation of new crosswalks, school-zone markings, and speed-limit signs.

Special consideration was given to applications that addressed equity by providing benefits to underserved communities, low-income residents, minorities, those with limited English proficiency, persons with disabilities, children, and older adults.


Source: New Jersey Department of Transportation

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