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Complete Streets in New Jersey - Sheree Davis

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Complete Streets in New Jersey - Sheree Davis

  1. 1. Complete Streets Summit “FUNDING Complete Streets” October 21, 2013 Rutgers University
  2. 2. WHY ARE WE WINNERS? FROM POLICY TO ACTION 2
  3. 3. Why Are We Winners? Top Down Leadership “NJDOT is confident that Complete Streets policies will pay off in terms of increased long-term safety for all users of New Jersey’s roads. The investments we make in good design now will pay dividends for generations.” -- James S. Simpson, Commissioner, NJDOT
  4. 4. Why Are We Winners? Strong Policy NJDOT’s policy includes all six ingredients: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Creates comprehensive, integrated multi-modal network Considers all users and modes Applies to all phases of new or retrofit projects Design to best available standards Specific criteria and procedure for exemptions Strong implementation process
  5. 5. Why Are We Winners? Built-In Implementation Process The policy identifies steps for implementation • • • • • A checklist of pedestrian, bicycle and transit accommodations. A procedure to evaluate resurfacing projects. An incentive within the Local Aid Program for municipalities and counties to develop and implement a Complete Streets policy.. Implement training for Engineers and Planners.  Added emphasis on statewide outreach and training initiatives Performance Measures
  6. 6. What’s the funding picture?
  7. 7. Why Are We Winners? Local Aid for Bicycles Safe Streets to Transit ---- Still state funded
  8. 8. Why Are We Winners? Built in Incentives for the Locals to adopt policies! • EXTRA POINT on Local Aid Grant applications • EXTRA POINT on County an Municipal Aid applications ….for policy adoption and implementation plans…..
  9. 9. MAP-21
  10. 10. Transportation Alternatives Grant Program All funds must go through a grant program. 50% of Funding by Population to MPO’s DOTs must distribute funds according to the share of population within the state. For areas with a population over 200,000, funds will be sub-allocated to MPOs. The MPOs must then run a grant competition within its area. 50% of Funding to DOT’s. DOT funding can be redistributed to other highway projects, but NJDOT has reserved some of that to fund SRTS/Bike-Ped/Rec Trail projects.
  11. 11. Transportation Alternatives $16.5 M per year (FY13) (includes Rec Trails) $17.8 M per year (FY14) (includes Rec Trails) Eligible activities: Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  12. 12. Safe Routes to School No dedicated funding, but NJDOT is still supporting the program. Eligible activities: Infrastructure-related projects-planning, design, and construction of infrastructure-related projects on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail in the vicinity of schools that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school.… Non-infrastructure-related activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school. Safe Routes to School coordinator is not mandatory under MAP-21.
  13. 13. Transportation Enhancements 1. Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles. 2. Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists. 3. Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites (including historic battlefields). 4. Scenic or historic highway programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities). 5. Landscaping and other scenic beautification. 6. Historic preservation. 7. Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals). 8. Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use of the corridors for pedestrian or bicycle trails). 9. Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising. 10. Archaeological planning and research. 11. Environmental mitigation– 12. Establishment of transportation museums. Source: FHWA
  14. 14. HSIP FUNDS These funds have doubled--$ 58 million • A highway safety improvement project is any strategy, activity or project on a public road that is consistent with the data-driven State Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and corrects or improves a hazardous road location or feature or addresses a highway safety problem • NJDOT is approaching the use of these funds programmatically. • MUST HAVE AN UPDATED SHSP
  15. 15. For More information on MAP-21 Funding  http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/factsheets.cfm
  16. 16. Why Are We Winners? Our COMMITMENT! We are a national LEADER because we have made a commitment to plan, design, construct, and maintain NJ State Highways for all users. We continue to invest in outreach and provide incentives to communities. We are working hard to spread the word and get folks like you to sign on to this movement.
  17. 17. Sheree J. Davis Manager, Bureau of Commuter and Mobility Strategies Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Coordinator New Jersey Department of Transportation 609.530.5858 Sheree.davis@dot.state.nj.us

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