Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday local aid grants totaling $3 million to help 13 municipalities advance projects designed to improve the quality of life for residents without burdening local property tax-payers.
“In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, it is important that we encourage the use of alternate forms of transportation, such as biking or public transportation,” Murphy said. “These grants support biking, walking, and mass transit programs designed to help drive better health and environmental outcomes that make New Jersey a more livable state.”
The three programs – Bikeway, Safe Streets to Transit and Transit Villages – each provide $1 million in grants annually as part of the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Local Aid program, funded through the State Transportation Trust Fund.
Projects for each program are awarded on a competitive basis.
“The Department of Transportation does much more than just maintain roads and bridges,” New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “Our Local Aid grants, including the Bikeways, Safe Streets to Transit, and Transit Village programs, provide funding to communities that develop projects to improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors to our state.”
The recipients of the Bikeway grants are:
- East Windsor in Mercer County – $450,000
- Lakewood in Ocean County – $375,000
- Pennsville in Salem County – $175,000
The recipients of the Safe Streets to Transit grants are:
- Jersey City in Hudson County – $400,000
- Milleville in Cumberland County – $210,000
- Somers Point in Atlantic County – $200,000
- Trenton in Mercer County – $190,000
The recipients of the Transit Villages grants are:
- Long Branch in Monmouth County – $475,000
- Rutherford in Bergen County –$210,000
- Plainfield in Union County – $150,000
- Irvington in Essex County – $100,000
- West Windsor in Mercer County – $40,000
- East Orange in Essex County – $25,000