NJDOT Announces $19.6 Million in Federal Grants for Safe Routes to School Program
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced $19.6 million for 31 grants under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. This is the highest amount ever awarded to the program. The Borough of New Providence will receive $223,000 for the 2022 grant cycle.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state, and local effort to enable and encourage children, including people with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. SRTS facilitates the planning, development and implementation of projects that improve safety and air quality, as well as reduce traffic and fuel consumption around schools.
Of the 31 scholarships awarded to local governments to make pedestrian safety improvements near K-8 schools, 22 grants totaling $13.8 million are in the NJTPA region, which includes Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. Seven grants totaling $4 million are in the DVRPC region, which includes Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties in New Jersey and five counties in Pennsylvania. The last two grants totaling $1.7 million are in the SJTPO region, which includes Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties.
Infrastructure improvement projects that will be funded under this program include the construction of sidewalks; improvements to pedestrian and bicycle crossings; on street cycling facilities; and the installation of new crosswalks, school zone markings and speed limit signs.