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Board of Trustees: Carol Ann Thomas, President* Burlington County Dept. of Engineering Alan Maiman, Vice President* NJ TRANSIT Bruce Easterly, P.E., Treasurer* Taylor Wiseman & Taylor Richard Orth, P.E., P.P., Secretary* Orth-Rodgers & Associates, Incorporated Barry J. Lem* William Day NJDOT – Region South Operations John Rink General Manager Delaware River Port Authority/PATCO Calvin Edghill USDOT, Federal Highway Administration Mary K. Murphy North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Douglas Alan Cooper University Hospital Theresa C. Bracchi Evesham Township Andrew Levecchia* Camden County Division of Planning Juhan Runne, Esquire* Archer & Greiner, Counselors at Law John Ward Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission *Executive Committee Cross County Connection Staff: William J. Ragozine, Executive Director Ronda R. Urkowiz, Program Director Joseph Wilson, Marketing Director Marianne E. Sperry, Office Manager John A. Hainsworth, GIS/Technology Coordinator David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator Patrick Farley , Land Use & Transportation Specialist Matthew Bodnar, Transportation Specialist Sean Schweitzer, Research Assistant Valerie Laranko, Marketing Outreach & Education Specialist Gretchen Tholen, Graphic Designer Michele Geiger, Administrative Assistant Olga Spitsin, Administrative Assistant
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BIKE MASTER PLAN COMPLETE
SUSTAINABILITY & SUCCESS
NJ RIDESHARE PROGRAM
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burlington county phase 1 bike master plan complete
the english creek-tilton road shuttle celebrates anniversary
how southern new jersey does safe routes to school
new jersey's new way to carpool
REFURBISHED RAIL CARS UNVEILED lindenwold reveals refurbished PATCO rail cars
TRAFFIC FATALITIES INCREASE 2012 nhtsa data shows increase in traffic fatalities
NHTSA 3 NEW TECHNOLOGIES new advancements in highway safety released by nhtsa
PENNSAUKEN TRANSIT CENTER grand opening of pennsauken transit center takes place
CONTRACT 1 UNDERWAY
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN S.JERSEY?
construction begins on i-295 direct connection project
complete streets & sustainable jersey
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PHASE 1 OF THE BURLINGTON COUNTY BIKE MASTER PLAN IS FINISHED by: Patrick Farley, Land Use & Transportation Specialist
hase I planning efforts for the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan came to a close this past summer. The resulting document is the first step in laying the framework for an ambitious future for bicycling in Burlington County. Phase I proposes an additional 361.1 miles of miles of bike lanes, multi-use trails and dedicated bike routes within the county for bicyclists to safely enjoy. This is roughly a 234% increase in bikeway network mileage. Burlington County’s current 154 mile bikeway network comprises 71.6 miles of bike lanes, 49.3 miles of trails and 33.1 miles of bike routes. The Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan is a two phase project. Phase I began in fall 2012 and entailed thoroughly documenting the existing conditions for bicycling in the county and planning a comprehensive network of bikeways. Phase II will develop strategies to implement these proposed network additions and recommend supportive bicycle-related policies and programs. Phase II efforts are underway and should be completed in summer 2014. The results of both phases will be joined to create a comprehensive bicycle master plan that will guide Burlington County’s further inclusion of the bicycle into its transportation network. Development of the Burlington County Master Plan is a collaborative process. The project leadership team consists of Cross County Connection, Burlington County Engineers Office, and Burlington County Resource Conservation. Various
local stakeholders act in an advisory role through the Project Action Committee (PAC) which includes representatives from Burlington County municipalities; bicycle clubs and advocacy groups; transit agencies; as well as state and regional authorities. Finally, the public are included during both phases of plan development through various methods. For example, Phase I public outreach strategies involved two public meetings, held in January 2013, and a Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan webpage hosted on Cross County Connection’s website, www.driveless.com, that included project information, an online survey and an interactive map allowing users to identify barriers to bicycling, draw desired bikeways and highlight destinations they would like to access by bicycle. Phase I recommendations are directed towards creating a safe, convenient and well-connected bikeway network that can
miles of proposed bikeways, are major continuous bicycle travel corridors that link population and commercial centers – in effect, the spines of the bikeway network. Secondary corridors, totaling 229.5 miles of proposed bikeways, provide the important linkages between these spines. Phase II of the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan began in fall 2013. This stage of the planning process will focus on the implementation of network recommendations. Topics covered will include bikeway construction prioritization; facility design; bicycle friendly policy and program development; and funding strategies. Phase II will also establish short, medium and long term bench marks to monitor success. These efforts will involve another round of public involvement so be sure to check www.driveless. com, or contact Cross County Connection, to find out details regarding public meetings, or to find out more about the Burlington County Bicycle Master Plan in general.
Phase II efforts are underway and should be completed in summer 2014. be used by bicyclists of all types, regardless of age, skill and experience. Phase I’s 361 miles of proposed bikeways were divided into two categories: Primary Corridors and Secondary Corridors. A bikeway’s corridor classification denotes its function within the county’s bikeway network. Primary corridors, totaling 131.6
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SUSTAINABILTY & SUCCESS How Southern New Jersey Does Safe Routes To School:
by: David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator
s another year comes to a close and we begin to usher in the new opportunities that 2014 has in store, CCCTMA would like to thank all of our partnered school districts and municipalities for a banner year in establishing successful and sustainable SRTS (Safe Routes To School) programs throughout southern New Jersey. In 2013, several milestones were reached, including the first ever distribution of SRTS Recognition Awards and the coordination of a record number of Walk to School events during Walk to School month (iWalk). However, this success did not occur overnight; across the state, dedicated SRTS Coordinators at various Transportation Management Associations have rigorously contributed to the growth of SRTS programs across the state. Sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the SRTS Recognition Program awards municipalities and schools (public, private or charter) recognition levels of
First Step, Bronze, Silver or Gold, resulting from their commitment and involvement in the SRTS program. Bronze awards were given to those who have passed a Resolution of Support in favor of SRTS and organized bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement activities, such as walking school buses, Walk to School Days, and bicycle rodeos. Participants that received silver or gold recognition completed program initiatives such as creating school travel plans, evaluating student travel patterns, incorporating pedestrian and bicycle education into the schoolsâ€™ curriculum, or adopting supportive school policies with regards to walking and biking to school. Throughout the state, 150 schools registered their events for Walk to School Month (iWalk), which was celebrated in October. From Burling-
ton to Cape May Counties, students came together to walk and/or bicycle to school to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Some of these events were part of ongoing SRTS programs, while others were inaugural events marking the addition of new SRTS programs. In Absecon, Egg Harbor City, Mt. Holly, Southampton, and Pemberton, school staff and faculty welcomed students at satellite drop off locations and escorted them to school where they were greeted with giveaways and bicycle and pedestrian safety information. In other towns, such as Chesterfield, Bellmawr, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Lawnside, National Park, and Somers Point, students joined thousands across the nation that walked or biked from home to school in areas safe for pedestrian and bicycle travel.
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS These schools were nominated & awarded certifications of recognition in South Jersey
GOLD J.F. Tatem Elementary Haddonfield
SILVER Chesterfield School -Chesterfield Spragg Elementary School -Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor City Community School -Egg Harbor City Sacred Heart -Mt. Holly Woodbine Elementary -Woodbine
Busansky Elementary -Pemberton School 1, 2 and 3 -Southampton Rossi Middle School -Vineland
Lawnside Elementary -Lawnside Wallace Middle School -Vineland National Park Elementary -National Park
(L to R) Maureen Donnelly RN, Safe Kids Coordinator; Katie Field, Assistant Operation Manager at Sahara Sams; SAM; David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator for CCCTMA; and Sue Quick of the Brain Injury Alliance of NJ assist Zane North in Collingswood
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Superintendent Linda Anderson Towns and SRTS Champion/Teacher Jessica Pikolycky of Woodbine Elementary display their award.
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Congratulations! Cape May County Free Fare Transportation
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Cape May County Fare Free providing transportationservices to area elderly and disabled residents.The first county coordinated system in New Jersey, Fare Free Transportation was started in 1973 by a group of concerned, private citizens to provide transportation service to the elderly of Cape May who had no other means of travel, to go shopping for their essential needs.
NJRIDESHARE.COM New Jersey's New Way To Carpool
by: Matthew Bodnar, Transportation Specialist inding other carpoolers in New fits of ridesharing are clear – congestion is Jersey will become a completely relieved, emissions are reduced, and comnew experience in 2014! So long muters save money. Sharing a ride with just to the days of submitting ride- one other person can cut your commuting share applications and waiting for a match costs in half. NJrideshare.com even allows list to arrive in the mail. New Jersey’s new carpoolers and vanpoolers to calculate rideshare website enables users to create a fuel and gas savings by recording travels commuter account to find nearby carpool in the trip logging calendar. Walkers and and vanpool opportunities. Registered us- bicyclists can also log trips and witness ers can also find bicycling, walking, and their savings soar sky high! You may be transit buddies, participate in commuter thinking - if I am responsible for finding incentive programs, and calculate the cost and arranging a carpool or vanpool, what savings of their trips. Cross County Con- is Cross County Connection’s role? Cross nection is proud to introduce New Jersey’s County Connection still administers the new way to carpool – njrideshare.com. carpool program for southern New Jersey Finding a carpool or vanpool match is so we can provide technical assistance or now easier than ever – just set up an ac- answer any questions you have about the count on njrideshare.com and in minutes, new system or carpooling in general. We you will be able to see others who have can also set up an account and find potensimilar commuting patterns. See potential tial matches for anyone who doesn’t want matches? Just send them a message to find to do it on their own. Cross County Conout if they can pick you up, want to share nection also monitors how many people driving, or would like to form a vanpool. are carpooling in the region and calculates With njrideshare.com, there is no reason the total environmental and cost benefits. to pay to commute alone again.The bene-
RIDESHARING BENEFITS: • Relief of congestion • Emissions are reduced • YOU save money! Log on now to www.NJRIDESHARE.com to start saving! 8
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May is Bike to Work Month During the month, Cross County Connection will also organize contests and reward programs through njrideshare.com. For bicyclists, the website will easily allow them to log their trips and see how much they save on commuting costs by biking to work. Those who log the most miles may receive prizes or other forms of recognition. Other events will be organized throughout the year to encourage the use of transportation modes other than driving alone.
Work for a company and want to carpool or vanpool with co-workers? Cross County Connection can create a sub-site for your organization. Form a vanpool with colleagues from your floor, carpool with the IT guy, or become bike buddies with your boss. You may find out that you’ve been sitting in traffic next to your co-workers all along. You can also organize companyspecific challenge and incentive programs to further encourage sharing a ride. NJrideshare.com is shaping the future of transportation in New Jersey. No matter which mode of travel you prefer, njrideshare.com will connect you to others interested in improving their commute with company.
Commuting Confidence is at Your Fingertips with these free web apps from CCCTMA:
Transit Locator App Features: • Displays the nearest public transportation based on your current location
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• Identifies NJ TRANSIT bus stops by ID# • Receive text message updates telling you when the next NJ TRANSIT bus will arrive • Includes links to bus and rail timetables to view on your mobile device
NJ Intersections App Features: • Coverage of 39 major intersections/
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• See what’s in store before you walk out the door
nj evacuation App Features: • Uses your GPS location to inform you of the closest evacuation route • In case of an evacuation, nearby emergency shelter locations are displayed • Provides an interactive map to show you safe evacuation routes in the event of an emergency
DIRECT CONNECTION CONSTRUCTION App Features: • Interactive project map • See real-time traffic conditions • Details on detour routes • Stay aware of lane closures and shifts • Keep aware of project updates
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Refurbished PATCO Rail Cars Unveiled
After Testing, Cars Will Serve as Production Prototypes Then Hit the Tracks
LINDENWOLD, N.J. – The first of 120 refurbished rail cars were unveiled publicly today at the PATCO Lindenwold maintenance yard. PATCO will conduct functional and on-track evaluations of the two prototype cars, along with six others yet to arrive from the Alstom assembly facility in Hornell, N.Y. PATCO will then introduce the cars into revenue service and use them as templates for the rest of the production run, which is scheduled for completion by the end of fall 2016. “Our first cars have come home for the holidays, and they look great,” said PATCO General Manager John Rink. “They’re bright, spacious, gleaming and furnished with new equipment that promises to make PATCO travel more comfortable, reliable and secure than ever."
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PATCO’s inception in 1969 and one of the largest capital improvement projects in DRPA history. Last year, PATCO separated 26 cars from their undercarriages and transported them by truck to Alstom, where they were stripped down to their steel outer shells and rebuilt from the outside in. The two newly refurbished prototype cars arrived in Lindenwold on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The new interiors feature brighter colors, higher ceilings, slip resistant floors and new
seats for greater passenger comfort. With thicker windows, better weather stripping and brand new heating and air conditioning systems, the refurbished cars will be cooler during the summer and warmer in the winter. The cars also have a new wheelchair and bicycle parking area with flip-up seats.For greater security, the new passenger alarm system includes an intercom that allows passengers to communicate with the train operator. The cars also are equipped with interior security cameras connected to an externally accessible DVR.
Pictured: Before (left) and after (right) the final product of the new refurbished PATCO rail car interior. 10 •Spring 2014
PATCO entered passeger rail service in 1969 with 75 railcars manufactured by Budd. In 1980, PATCO added 46 cars made by Vickers. Both classes of car are scheduled for overhaul during the project.
Brakes on the cars have been improved to allow for quicker stopping and more stability – and to conserve power by returning breaking energy to the cars’ power systems. The cars also include a number of new communications systems: A new public address system with automatic announcements, a noise-sensing microphone and better speakers; external speakers on the cars so announcements made from the train can be heard on the platforms; scrolling exterior destination-and-route signs; and a video advertising and infotainment system. Finally, PATCO operators will find the cars easier to move along the track. They feature full-width cabs, touchscreen communication inputs and cockpit consoles that provide more real time operational information.
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oorhees Township, using monies provided by Cross County Connection’s Transportation Demand Management Grant Program, installed new sidewalks and ramps for improved accessibility to nearby transit on White Horse Road. The new 110foot sidewalk, at White Horse Road and Twelfth St., will allow for safe pedestrian access along a heavily-traveled area which includes two NJ TRANSIT Bus Stops, banking, shopping, medical facilities, and restaurants. The sidewalk now ends at a safe, lighted intersection with crosswalks to provide pedestrian crossing.
THE BAD NEWS
NHTSA DATA CONFIRMS TRAFFIC FATALITIES INCREASE IN 2012 HIGHWAY DEATHS AFTER 5 YEARS REMAIN AT AN ALL TIME LOW
THE GOOD NEWS
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released the 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data indicating that highway deaths increased to 33,561 in 2012, which is 1,082 more fatalities than in 2011. The majority of the increase in deaths, 72 percent, occurred in the first quarter of the year. Most of those involved were motorcyclists and pedestrians. While the newly released data announced marks the first increase since 2005, highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows. Fatalities in 2011 were at the lowest level since 1949 and even with this slight increase in 2012, we are still at our lowest since 1950. Early estimates on crash fatalities for the first half of 2013 indicate a decrease in deaths compared to the same timeframe in 2012. “Highway deaths claim more than 30,000 lives each year, and while we’ve made substantial progress over the past 50 years, it’s clear that we have much more work to do,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “As we look to the future, we must focus our efforts to tackle persistent and emerging issues that threaten the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians across the nation.” While Americans drove approximately the same amount of miles in 2012 as in the previous year, the new FARS data released today showed a 3.3 percent increase in fatalities from the previous year. The final 2012 numbers confirm preliminary quarterly reports issued by the agency. Thirteen states and Washington D.C. experienced reductions in overall traffic fatalities, led by Mississippi (48 fewer), New Jersey (38), Georgia (34), Alabama (30) and Utah (26). In addition, 18 states and Washington D.C. showed decreases in drunk driving deaths. New Jersey had the greatest decrease (30 fewer) followed by Colorado (27), Utah (20), Oklahoma (17) and Virginia (17).
Deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers took 10,322 lives compared to 9,865 in 2011. The majority of those crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher – nearly double the legal limit.
4.6% increase in 2012
Fatalities among pedestrians increased for the third consecutive year. The data showed that the large majority of pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas, at non-intersections and at night, and many involved alcohol.
6.4% increase over 2011
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Highway deaths claim more than 30,000 lives each year
Fatalities increased among bicyclists and reached the highest level in six years. Little has changed in the characteristics of crashes involving bicyclists. Most of the bicyclist fatalities occurred in urban environments and at non-intersections.
6.5% increase over 2011
Motorcycle rider fatalities increased for the third consecutive year. Ten times as many riders died not wearing a helmet in states without a universal helmet law than in states with such laws.
7.1% increase over 2011
Large-truck occupant fatalities increased for the third consecutive year
8.9% increase over 2011
WASHINGTON – In an effort to significantly reduce deaths and injuries on the nation’s roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced its new “Significant and Seamless” initiative that calls for the agency and the automotive industry to aggressively accelerate achievable technological advances that would significantly improve safety. NHTSA’s “Significant and Seamless” initiative aims to address the areas in highway safety where industry can fast-track existing technology for the greatest technological advances. The initiative emphasizes three promising areas of technological development and challenges both the automotive industry and the agency to determine the extent of, and ultimately utilize, the sig- nificant safety potential in these areas. “Safety is our top priority and we can achieve remarkable progress in reducing injuries and fatalities in this era of innovation and technology,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Today’s announcement focuses on real solutions that can significantly address safety issues that have plagued this nation for decades, including failure to use seat belts, drunk driving and driver error.” The three technologies chosen under the Significant & Seamless initiative were selected because they have great lifesaving potential, and their combined effect could have an impact on decreasing the death toll. “In addition to our ongoing work with states and the automotive industry, we need a new vision, and a new blend of technological research to address some of the most significant and persistent threats to American motorists,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “We must look to technological intervention to make the next great leap, and get them poised for fleet adoption as soon as possible.” The new “Significant and Seamless” initiative builds on a solid foundation of NHTSA safety programs. These programs include work with states to educate motorists, improve driving behavior, including emergency response to crashes, and will increase the agency’s commitment to enhancing occupant protection, crash worthiness and crash avoidance, with the promise of automated driving. Earlier this year, NHTSA released a “Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles,” describing research plans and the various levels of vehicle automation ranging from no-automation to full self-driving automation. The plan also offered guidance to states for moving forward with testing automated vehicles on their roads. Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation (FCAM) This sensor-based, vehicle technology could detect a forward crash with another vehicle or pedestrian before it occurs, by alerting the driver to take corrective action to avoid the crash. In 2012, one-third of all police reported crashes involved a rear-end collision with another vehicle as the first harmful event in the crash. This technology could automatically apply the brakes to assist in preventing or reducing the severity of crashes. NHTSA has been doing intensive research on the reliability of this technology and developing relevant performance measures. Based on its research, the agency has enough data to make an agency decision this year as to pathways to advance market penetration into the rest of the fleet.
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people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012.
In 2012, one-third of all police reported crashes involved a rear-end collision with another vehicle as the first harmful event in the crash
Seatbelt interlocks could increase use from the current national level of 86% to near 100%
Seatbelt Interlocks This technology could prevent a vehicle from being driven if the driver and passenger are not properly buckled. Using new authority under MAP-21, NHTSA is conducting research to inform an agency decision on whether to amend its standards to allow vehicle manufacturers to voluntarily use such interlocks in satisfying certain crash test requirements. For those manufacturers that choose seatbelt interlocks, the agency would look to provide appropriate regulatory relief from portions of the occupant protection standard. Each year, more than 3,000 people killed in crashes could have survived if they had been wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelt interlocks could increase use from the current national level of 86 percent to near 100 percent, saving thousands of lives a year. To provide safety benefits, NHTSA has begun research to ensure that such interlocks would be tamper-proof and highly reliable. Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) This technology could prevent a vehicle from being driven by a drunk driver. NHTSA and the automotive industry have partnered to advance the longterm research in this advanced technology and will now begin working on the legal, public policy and consumer acceptance issues to ensure that when the technology is ready for commercialization, manufacturers that choose to offer the system as an option will find a marketplace with few to no impediments to consumer adoption. The goal is to develop a system that can accurately and reliably detect when a driver is above the legal alcohol limit. The automatic system would be enabled every time the car is started, but unobtrusive so it would not pose an inconvenience to the non-intoxicated driver. According to new NHTSA data released earlier, 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012. The majority of those people died in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher–nearly double the legal limit. Such technology could save thousands of these victims every year.
The Pennsauken Transit Center which connects the Atlantic City Rail Line and River LINE light rail officially opened for business on a beautiful Columbus Day in October. Representatives from NJ TRANSIT as well as local and state government officials were among those in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The $40 million project, which broke ground in 2009, was primarily funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is the first major capital improvement for rail transit service in South Jersey since the River LINE began operation in 2004. The new transfer station is located on Derousse Avenue in the shadow of the Betsy Ross Bridge, just off of River Road in Pennsauken. The tracks of the Atlantic City Rail Line and River LINE have always crossed here, but the two rail systems were never connected until now. The station is a new transfer point which provides River LINE passengers with direct access to Amtrak and SEPTA rail service at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, opening up the possibility to reach University City with fewer transfers.
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by: John A. Hainsworth, GIS/Technology Coordinator
he new connection is expected to reduce travel time to University City by 7 to 14 minutes (17-33%) from Burlington County origins. It also allows River LINE passengers to reach Atlantic City in less time with fewer transfers than previously required, reducing one-way travel time by 16-20 minutes (15-20%). Burlington County residents returning from Philadelphia now have a better late night connection using the new station to connect with 419 bus service to Burlington City in lieu of River LINE service which terminates at 9pm. For those living near Atlantic City Rail Stations, this new transfer location provides better access to points north by taking the River LINE to Trenton where it connects with the Northeast Corridor Line to New York City. The site itself features a massive 280 space parking lot (which is free!) to accommodate all potential riders now and in the future. Since the rail lines are grade-separated there are individual platforms for each rail system. The Atlantic City Rail Line has two
elevated platforms that are accessible from the three story station which includes stairs and elevators to reach, while the singular River LINE platform is on the ground level under a covered canopy similar to other stations along the line. Other station amenities include bike racks, bike lockers, public restrooms, ticket machines, and way-finding maps showing the potential transit connections along either rail line. There is also a public address system that announces the arrival and departure times of every train going in and out of the transit center. The station uses state-of-the-art technology with several electronic message boards scattered throughout the station to keep passengers informed of any delays on either rail system. There is also signage to promote NJ TRANSIT’s ‘My Bus’ text message system that enables riders to quickly know when the next 419 bus will arrive.
TRAVEL REDUCED BY
7-14 min (17-33%)
16-20 min (15-20%)
he Pennsauken Transit Center is a gem of a rail station marked by beautiful artwork. The magnificent three story structure features glass pane artwork by J. Kenneth Leap, who was selected by NJ TRANSIT through a design competition. The entirety of the stations artwork is called My Jersey Girl, which was inspired by a 19th century poem that references the town of Pennsauken. The artwork pays tribute to women who gave Pennsauken it’s “soul and spirit” and also incorporates aspects of Native American culture and it's influence on early settlers in the region, according to Mr. Leap. So, now that the Pennsauken Transit Center is open for business it is up to us as South Jersey residents to take advantage of the new connection and discover the opportunities it creates. NJ TRANSIT projects ridership of 1,140 daily one-way trips by the year 2015, which should help to build ridership across both rail systems. The area in and around the station is expected to benefit from the increased transit access by attracting employers into the nearby Pennsauken Industrial Park. Plans to expand the bicycle network around the station should also have a great benefit to nearby neighborhoods and put the Pennsauken Transit Center on the map as a true multi-modal transit hub in South Jersey.
THE ARTIST To fully appreciate the thought and history that went into the beautiful artwork at this station please visit J. Kenneth Leap’s website: http://paintedwindowdesigns-pennsauken. blogspot.com/
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Pictured (left to right) Jeffrey Marinoff, South Jersey Transit Advisory Committee; Pennsauken Township Representative; The Honorable Mr. Rob Andrews, U.S. Congressman; Flora Castillo, NJ Transit Board Senator; Steven Sweeney, NJ Sentate President; Louis Capelli Jr., Camden County Freeholder Director 15 •Spring 2014
I-295 Direct Connection Project Update:
CONTRACT #1 UNDERWAY
by: John A. Hainsworth, GIS/Technology Coordinator
NJDOT’s Direct Connection project at the I295/I-76/Route 42 interchange in Bellmawr, NJ is well underway. This roadway project will realign the I-295 ramps over Route 42 to help alleviate congestion at one of the busiest interchanges in the state. Given the grandiose scope of the project the work has been divided into four contracts through the year 2021 to help stage the work and reduce its impact on your commute. Contract 1 construction activities began in March 2013 and lays down the foundation necessary for the next steps in the project. Let’s take a look at what has occurred so far and what is coming up as Contract 1 work continues.
Construction has also begun on a new interim ramp that connects Route 42 Northbound and I-295 Northbound. Once complete, the interim ramp will help alleviate congestion caused by merging traffic trying to reach I-295 North.
NOISE WALLS: 42S The existing sound walls along Route 42 are being removed and replaced with an interim wall to provide space for utility right-of-way and drainage work. A new, permanent noise wall will eventually be installed during Contract 3.
GROUND IMPROVEMENT PROCESS The ground is being fortified along I-295 and Route 42 through a “Ground Improvement Process” using Controlled Modulus Columns (CMC). CMC is a new engineering technique used to compact the soil using a concrete grout to strengthen the foundation for pillars and columns which will be supporting the elevated bridge structures. 16 •Spring 2014
ESSEX AVE OVERPASS The Essex Avenue overpass under I-295 is also being replaced. This required overnight closures of Essex in order to demolish the existing overpass to make way for a new overpass to accommodate wider travel lanes for work in future stages of construction.
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE Construction has begun on a pedestrian bridge across Route 42 along Creek Road.
BELL ROAD BRIDGE The Bell Road Bridge over I-295 is in the process of being widened and replaced. The northbound side of the bridge was replaced in the early stages of Contract 1 and the southbound side is next. This work necessitates a single-lane alternating traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals located at either end of the bridge.
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The Direct Connection Construction report njdirectconnection.com
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Transportation Management Association has developed this dynamic web resource as an invaluable tool dedicated to informing the general commuting public with critical information on the NJDOT I-295 Direct Connection construction project.
Shows all the latest developments now underway, for the next nine years, to reconfigure the I-295/I-76/Rt. 42 Interchange in Camden County, New Jersey.
Contract 1 construction will continue through the end of 2015 so there is still much to be done. Contract 2 overlaps with the first contract and is slated to begin in the summer of 2014. Stay tuned for further project updates as Contract 1 moves forward.
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What's Happening in South Jersey?
and by: Patrick Farley, Land Use & Transportation Specialist
2009 was a notable year in the state of New Jersey. No, I’m not referring to any election campaign or the Phillies vs. Yankees World Series. What happened in 2009 was the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Montclair Township adopted the state’s first Complete Streets policies, and New Jersey became the first state to have a comprehensive sustainability certification program – Sustainable Jersey. These actions put transportation and environmental issues on the agenda of communities throughout the state and positioned New Jersey among the nation’s top forward-thinking states.It is likely that you may have heard of Sustainable Jersey or Complete Streets sometime during the past five years, but in case you need to refresh your memory, Sustainable Jersey is a statewide certification program that encourages communities to complete actions to go green, save money, and improve long-term quality of life. If communities complete enough action items to earn a total of 150 points, they obtain Sustainable Jersey certification, a prestigious designation held only by New
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Jersey’s leading municipalities. Certified municipalities are recognized at the Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference and those that register for the program gain access to training, technical resources, and grants to help advance local sustainability initiatives. Adopting a Complete Streets policy is a Sustainable Jersey action item that earns registered communities 20 points towards certification; however, the benefits of Complete Streets extend far beyond these bonus points. Complete Streets are roadways designed to meet the needs of all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders – of all ages and abilities. Adopting a Complete Streets policy does not mandate a community to rebuild all local or county roads to include sidewalks and bike lanes, but rather it directs decision-makers such as transportation planners and engineers to routinely consider the needs of all road users in transportation projects. While the required level of accommodation for certain users will vary depending on local needs and context, building Complete Streets can have long-term impacts that support economic development objectives, improve roadway safety, and help create a more comprehensive and equitable network of transportation options.Sustainable Jersey and Complete Streets have gained increasing popularity throughout the past five years. While in 2009 only NJDOT and Montclawwir had Complete Streets policies, as of November 2013, 76 municipalities and 5 counties have a policy in place. New Jersey is a national leader in this movement. Only Michigan, a much larger state in terms of population, area, and total municipalities, has more communities with Complete Streets. Progress with the
Sustainable Jersey program has been just as impressive - currently 399 communities are registered for the Sustainable Jersey program, 137 of which have obtained Bronze or Silver certification. In Cross County Connection’s South Jersey region (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties) 17 municipalities have adopted Complete Streets policies, 113 communities are Sustainable Jersey registered, and 31 are Sus-
tainable Jersey certified. When considering the population of each community, nearly 75% of South Jersey’s 1,845,474 residents live in a municipality that is Sustainable Jersey registered or certified, and over 20% of residents reside in Complete Streets communities! These are accomplishments to be proud of, and communities that have been leaders in this movement deserve recognition for their progress. You may be thinking – I want my community on this list, but where do resources and funding for these
projects come from? Most municipalities devote staff time and have dedicated Green Teams to complete action items. Many have also pursued outside funding for larger projects, including grants offered through the Sustainable Jersey program. Sustainable Jersey also offers Capacity Building Grants to help municipal staff and Green Teams devote more time to completing action items. Capacity Building Grants in the amounts of $1,000 to $2,000 have been awarded to Absecon, Brigantine, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Camden, Chesterfield, Elsinboro, Galloway, Glassboro, Haddon Township, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Hammonton, Laurel Springs, Lower Township, Lower Alloways Creek Township, Mount Holly, Mullica Township, Northfield City, Oaklyn Borough, Ocean City, Pennsauken Township, Pine Hill, Runnemede, Winslow Township, and Woodbury City. In total, over $230,000 in Sustainable Jersey grants been awarded to communities in South Jersey and over $1,000,000 to municipalities statewide. If your community is not already on the list above, you could easily join them by registering for Sustainable Jersey, forming a green team, and applying for grants. While Complete Street does not have a formal funding program like Sustainable Jersey, all but four communities in South Jersey that have adopted policies participate in Sustainable Jersey. Adopting a Complete Streets policy earns twice as many points as most action items, creating an incentive for communities to make Complete Streets a priority. While
outside funding is not needed to draft and adopt a Complete Streets policy, capacity building grants could be used to organize a presentation to educate municipal officials about Complete Streets or draft policy language. Sustainable Jersey grants of larger sums are ideal for innovative Complete Streets implementation projects, such as installing bicycle lanes, improving a streetscape, or creating a Complete Streets Implementation Plan. Municipalities that adopt a Complete Streets Policy and Implementation Plan are awarded one point on NJDOT Local Aid grant applications for infrastructure projects. Participating in Sustainable Jersey and adopting a Complete Streets policy are some of the best ways a community can attract additional funding assistance while creating long-term environmental, economic, and public health benefits. Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association’s mission is to improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey by providing solutions to complex transportation problems. As Sustainable Jersey shares our vision of providing sustainable transportation options to reduce congestion and protect the environment, Cross County Connection works with municipalities in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties to assist with Sustainable Jersey Action Items related to transportation, such as Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, and Anti-Idling Education and Enforcement.
These South Jersey communities have successfully obtained substantial Sustainable Jersey grants to fund innovative demonstration projects Amount
Woolwich Twp (Gloucester)
Public School Food Composting Program
Middle Twp (Cape May)
Water Conservation Education Program
Mount Holly (Burlington)
Save the Mount: Forest Restoration Demo
Cape May City (Cape May)
3.7kW Wind Demo Project
Sustainable Park Landscaping & Rain Garden
Galloway Twp (Atlantic)
Environmental Resource Inventory
Galloway Twp (Atlantic)
Another Innovation and/or Demo Project
Gloucester Twp (Camden)
Rain Garden, Farmer's Market Community Garden, Green Team & Green Fair
Green Building & Sustainability Master Plan
Sustainable Master Plan & Energy Ordinances
Maurice River (Cumberland)
Open Space & Recreation Plan
Ocean City (Atlantic)
School Rain Garden
Somers Point (Atlantic)
Contruction of 3 Rain Gardens
School & Community Environmental Education Project
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Wind Turbine for Landis Sewerage Authority
EFFORTS FROM AROUND THE REGION • Camden City, the largest municipality in the region with a population of 77,344, has adopted a Complete Streets policy and is Sustainable Jersey Silver certified • Gloucester City and Cape May City have also adopted Complete Streets policies and are both Sustainable Jersey Silver certified. • Atlantic City, Middle Township, Ocean City, and Linwood City have adopted Complete Streets policies and have obtained Sustainable Jersey Bronze certification. • 35 of 37 municipalities in Camden County are Sustainable Jersey registered or certified (25 registered, 10 certified). • Six municipalities in Cape May County have adopted Complete Streets policies (Cape May City, Middle Township, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Wildwood, and Woodbine). • Four municipalities in Atlantic County have adopted Complete Streets policies (Atlantic City, Linwood, Margate, and Pleasantville)
NEED HELP? Cross County Connection can use its diverse expertise to assist your professional staff, environmental commission, Green Team and town leaders with completing Sustainable Jersey Action Items, many of which are completely free services. Want to improve quality of life, attract funding, keep up with neighboring municipalities, and make residents proud to live in your community? Need help doing it? Call Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228 or visit our Sustainable Jersey and Complete Streets services webpages to learn more about how we can assist you with Complete Streets and other sustainability. EASY rider • 19
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