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The NJTPA works with a host of agencies around the state in promoting improved mobility, environment protection and other goals. This includes support for county and local governments which operate shuttles and community bus systems. In addition, the NJTPA administers funding for Transportation Management Associations which work with the region's employers to promote ridersharing, transit use, flexible work hours and other measures to enhance mobility.
The NJTPA is also participating in the update of the regional Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (Executive Summary) which addresses goals for better serving people who are “transportation disadvantaged” including seniors, people with disabilities, and low income commuters. The plan also focuses on rural travelers who also face transportation challenges in the NJTPA region.
Among the funding programs administerd by the NJTPA to support mobility are:
Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) Local Mobility Initiatives Program - designed to advance transit strategies that reduce traffic, driving alone and harmful emissions.
Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program and New Freedom Programs -JARC assists localities with development of new or expanded services that connect low income persons to jobs and other employment related services. The New Freedom program provides additional transportation options to overcome barriers facing Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the work force and full participation in society.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Safe Routes to Schools Program - As of November 2014, evaluation of applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) continues. From the NJTPA region, a total of 177 applications were received - 94 for the TAP program and 83 for the SRTS program. Approximately $10 million is available. The TAP program provides federal funds for community-based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the transportation system. The Safe Routes to School program must benefit walking or bicycling within a two-mile radius of a K-8 grade public school. Both programs will be administered by NJDOT, in partnership with the NJTPA. The selected projects will be announced in late December or early January.
Union Organizations List
The Unions identified on the following lists operate in transportation areas where federal funds are also used to support community transportation projects (like CMAQ Mobility, Community Shuttles, Section 5311, etc.) All grants submitted to the FTA for approval require this information. It is forwarded to the Department of Labor for verification and union notification/sign off prior to the approval of federal funding. Incorrect or incomplete data leads to delay in grant approval.
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