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Transportation Alternatives Program

  • This federally funded program is administered by NJDOT, in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).
    • Applications are due on or before November 10, 2016.
  • Eligible Project Categories
    1. Design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of vehicles.
    2. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation users.
    3. Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas.
    4. Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities both land and water, such as building structures and canals.
    5. Community improvement activities, specifically: streetscaping and corridor landscaping.
    6. Environmental mitigation to address stormwater management, control and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff.
    7. Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
  • How to Apply
    • All applicants will be required to submit TAP applications online using SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically).  If you belong to a county or municipality you already have an Authorized Official registered with access to SAGE.
    • If you belong to any other type of organization, you may request access as an Authorized Official directly through NJDOT SAGE.
    • TAP Application Screen Shots (PDF) from SAGE are available to assist with applying.
  • More information is available on the NJDOT’s website.

Local Scoping Program

  • Funding is limited to proposals with local scoping costs greater than $50,000. This program provides Federal funds directly to member sub regions for the advancement of projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and preliminary engineering, thereby developing a solution to a defined problem and making the project eligible for inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
  • The projects must be part of the National Highway System (NHS) or be designated a Federal Aid route.
  • This is a highly competitive program where MPOs select the projects for inclusion; contact your MPO for more details.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Local Lead Program

  • Funding is limited to proposals with design costs greater than $100,000 and construction costs greater than $250,000.
  • This competitive program provides an opportunity for sub regions to apply for federal funding for the advancement of projects through final design, right-of-way, and/or construction.
  • Projects must be located on roads with certain function classifications and must be part of the NHS system.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Local Safety Program

  • This program provides counties and municipalities funding for improvement of known safety hazards on local and county roads.
  • The improvements must be construction ready (no design) and deliverable in a short period of time; prioritized projects will include collected crash data. All projects are reviewed and rated by the MPO and its review committees.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure Program

  • Total available funding is no less than $1 million per state, per year. Federal funding is available for SRTS projects that improve the safety of children walking or biking to school.
  • The program is administered through NJDOT.
  • Eligible projects, which may include the planning, design and construction or installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, traffic calming devices, and bicycle facilities, must be within two miles of an elementary or middle school (K-8).
  • Local and regional governments, school districts and individual schools are eligible to be project sponsors and receive direct funding.
  • For more information, contact Elise Bremer-Nei, New Jersey Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at (609) 530-2765.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Designated Transit Villages

  • Total available funding is $1 million for projects in 5 communities.
  • The Transit Village Initiative helps to redevelop and revitalize communities around transit facilities to make them an appealing choice for people to live, work and play, thereby reducing reliance on the automobile.
  • It is a goal of the Transit Village Initiative to bring more housing, businesses and people into communities with transit facilities.
  • Programs include bicycle/pedestrian paths, bike routes signs, bicycle parking and storage, and bicycle/pedestrian safety education programs.
  • Municipalities can get more information about how to apply here: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/village/
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP)

  • TEP projects are designed to foster more livable communities, preserve and protect environmental and cultural resources, and promote alternative modes of transportation.
  • Funds are available for design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction.
  • Selection of TEP projects involves the participation of civic and environmental groups, the transportation community, and other government organizations such as the MPO.
  • Solicitation packages are usually sent out in the winter to every municipality and county inviting them to submit an application in one or more of twelve eligible categories.
  • Further information can be found here.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Surface Transportation Program (STP)

  • Total available funding is $11.1 billion in fiscal year 2016.
  • The program gives states flexibility to invest in a wide variety of transportation activities, specifically bicycle and pedestrian facilities and walkways. Pedestrian and bicycle improvements may be incidental improvements within larger projects which establish bicycle compatibility or designated bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
  • The funds can also be used for independent bicycle and pedestrian projects along or in the vicinity of roadways, shoulder paving, bicycle safe drainage grates, construction of sidewalks or bikeways, installation of pedestrian signals, crosswalks or overpasses.
  • Under SAFETEA-LU, it is specified that these funds may be used for the modification of sidewalks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

National Highway System (NHS)

  • The NHS provides funding for projects on NHS roadways that can be used for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, or on any land adjacent to any NHS system highway, including interstate highways.
  • Past project examples include paved shoulders, drainage gates, signed routes, bike lanes and paths, and crosswalks.
  • It also includes funding of independent bicycle and pedestrian projects (projects that are initiated primarily to benefit bicycle and pedestrian travel) along or in the vicinity of NHS roadways.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Highway Traffic Safety

  • Administered by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and the Department of Law & Public Safety.
  • Deadline: every April.
  • Typical grant: $20,000-$65,000.
  • Types of projects: drunk driving, seat belt and pedestrian safety enforcement, bicycle safety, teen driving education, car seats, etc.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

  • Total available funding was $2.3 billion in fiscal year 2016.
  • CMAQ provides funds for surface transportation and other projects that help to reduce congestion and improve air quality. Funds are mainly used to help communities in non-attainment areas and maintenance areas to reduce emissions.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian programs are the two main types of programs funded under this grant.
  • Funds are available to local governments, non-profit organizations, and private organizations as part of a public-private partnership, and require a state or local match.
  • All CMAQ projects must be part of a state’s transportation plan and region’s transportation spending plan, called the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Contact your state and/or MPO for more information.
  • Federal funding under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users). Currently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Division of Local Aid and Economic Development, and/or the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) administer the Federal Aid Programs.

State Aid for Counties (County Aid)

  • 2014 funding is $78.75 million for projects in all 21 counties in NJ.
  • County aid funds are appropriated annually for improvement of public roads and bridges under county jurisdiction, as well as public transportation and other transit projects.
  • The grant is non-competitive, but each county must develop an Annual Transportation Program (ATP) with all project details and the total cost of the pool of projects.
  • The minimum project allotment is $300,000.

State Aid for Municipalities (Municipal and Urban Aid)

  • 2014 funding is $78.75 million for projects in all 21 counties in NJ.
  • Municipal Aid is for roadway and bridge improvements, including bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • Each county is appropriated funds for their constituent municipalities based on a formula. Funds are appropriated based on municipal road mileage and county population.
  • Municipalities must submit applications detailing a potential project to their local NJDOT District Office.
  • Projects awarded funds in 2012 included construction of bicycles lanes and pedestrian safety improvements.

Hazard Elimination Program

  • Total available funding is $3 million ($1 million per MPO) annually in NJ.
  • The Hazard Elimination Program is administered by NJDOT Bureau of Traffic Engineering and Safety and awards MPOs funding to assist counties and municipalities with projects targeting safety hazards on local and county roadways.
  • In general, projects are selected on the basis of excessive occurrence of a particular accident type at a given location.

Recreational Trails

  • 2015 Funding was $1.1 million for 63 projects.
  • Administered by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. (NJDEP)
  • Grants are allocated to projects focused on maintenance and restoration of existing trails and facilities, new trail construction in existing parks, equipment, etc.
  • Applications are due in May.
  • More information can be found here.