Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, commended the recently announced New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Fiscal Year 2023 State Aid programs.
The NJDOT is accepting applications for Municipal Aid, Transit Village, Bikeway, and Safe Streets to Transit programs now through July 1.
“The New Jersey Department of Transportation has a number of grant programs that allow our cities and towns to make needed safety and quality-of-life improvements to enhance our local transportation infrastructure without the need to impact local property taxes,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said.
“By providing financial assistance, technical expertise and training for municipal and county transportation initiatives, NJDOT is working to ensure New Jersey has a modern, efficient, and equitable transportation system.”
Diegnan noted multiple towns in the 18th Legislative District, which he represents along with Assemblymen Robert Karabinchak and Sterley Stanley, have successfully applied for grants in recent years.
Edison and Metuchen, for example, received a combined $1.25 million in Fiscal Year 2022 Safe Streets to Transit Program grants to bolster pedestrian safety through improvement projects.
“Metuchen and Edison are prime examples of last-mile communities, places where limited sidewalk and bike lanes prevent many commuters from safely accessing public transit,” Diegnan, Karabinchak and Stanley said in a joint statement. “These funds will help provide our residents, commuters, and business patrons with safe and easy access to Edison and Metuchen NJ TRANSIT stations, especially as ridership in our communities continues to grow.”
NJDOT’s grant cycles allow municipalities to incorporate awarded projects into upcoming municipal budgets to ensure important infrastructure projects get to construction sooner. Grant awards are expected to be announced in November.
Following is a brief description of each grant program:
Municipal Aid – A $151.25 million program that has been a significant resource in funding local transportation projects. All municipalities are eligible. The NJDOT continues to encourage municipalities to consider using the Municipal Aid Program to fund projects that support walking and biking in their communities, especially now that an additional $10 million has been provided in Urban Aid for a total of $161.25 million.
Transit Village – The $1 million program provides grants for traditional and non-traditional transportation projects that enhance walking, biking and/or transit ridership within a half mile of the transit facility. Only New Jersey municipalities that have been designated as Transit Villages by the Commissioner of Transportation and the inter-agency Transit Village Task Force are eligible to apply.
Bikeways – The $1 million program is intended to fund bicycle projects that create new Bike Path Mileage. It is available to all counties and municipalities. The Department continues to work toward the goal of achieving 1,000 miles of dedicated bikeways in New Jersey. Special consideration will be given to bikeways that are physically separated from motorized vehicular traffic by an open space or barrier, but on-road bike lanes and other bike routes and facilities are also eligible for funding.
Safe Streets to Transit – The intent of the $1 million program is to encourage counties and municipalities to construct safe and accessible pedestrian linkages to transit facilities to promote increased usage of transit by all segments of the population.
The grants are administered by the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development. The Local Aid Resource Center provides a central location for local government managers by providing hands-on resources for the application process, raising awareness of grant cycles and proactively communicating program information.