Through North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s (NJTPA) Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program, Sustainable Jersey has collaborated with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University and are seeking applications from municipalities to receive free technical assistance services for a specific project related to advancing a complete streets initiative in their communities. The program is made possible through NJTPA’s federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. No direct funding to municipalities is provided. Participants were selected through a competitive application process. Eligible applicants included municipal governments within the thirteen (13) counties that comprise the NJTPA region – Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
Complete streets are streets designed for all users, all modes of transportation and all ability levels. They balance the needs of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, emergency responders and goods movement based on local context. To explain the benefits of complete streets in New Jersey, in 2020, this 3-minute public education video was made available upon request. Click on the image below to view the Streets for Everyone video.
Types of Technical Assistance Available
Since every municipality has different needs, the program provided technical assistance to help advance complete streets by documenting existing conditions, exploring opportunities for improvement and providing recommendations. Project options include:
- Bicycle Corridor or Network Plan: To help identifying specific routes and road treatments to improve bicycling infrastructure.
- Complete Streets Conceptual Rendering: To prepare graphic renderings to help visualize potential improvements to streetscapes or public spaces.
- Temporary Demonstration Project Guidance: To provide guidance on the design and installation of pedestrian safety or bicycle infrastructure temporary safety measures.
- Walkable Community Workshop: A workshop and audit of up to a half-mile of street to identify potential pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Completed Project Reports
- Complete and Green Streets for All Guidance: Assistance in the development of, or update of an existing Complete Streets Policy to align with the 2020 NJDOT Complete and Green Streets for All Policy.
Projects will be three to six months in duration. Project delivery will be between March 2022 and February 2023. A project selection committee will select up to eight municipalities to receive technical assistance services in a competitive process based on objective criteria. Examples of municipalities in New Jersey that have received technical assistance and their project reports as well as other projects completed through this program can be found on the Completed Projects page.
How to Apply for Technical Assistance – Two Webinars
Two free webinars will assist municipalities in identifying projects and apply for technical assistance to support their needs. The project types webinar will focus on describing case studies and how other New Jersey municipalities used the program to address their local issues. The application process webinar will focus on describing the technical assistance program and how you can apply.
Complete Streets Technical Assistance Project Types Webinar
The project types webinar will:
- Provide a review of the specific types of technical assistance available
- Share projects previously completed to provide examples of the scale and scope of problems that can be address through this program
- Identify additional resources to assist in developing a program application
- Explain tools municipalities can use to identify projects that address equity and high crash areas as well as tools to identify who is the responsible entity for a road segment.
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 noon-1:00pm
Complete Streets Application Process Webinar
The application process webinar will:
- Provide an overview of the program
- Review the specific types of technical assistance services available
- Demonstrate how to use the online application portal
- Provide an opportunity to ask questions
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 noon-1:00pm
Recordings of both webinars will be made available for viewing and posted here.
Free Training on Complete Streets
New Jersey Department of Transportation will be providing free training on Complete and Green Streets in early 2022. When registration is available, links and additional information will be posted here.
Technical Assistance Application
Application Available: December 6, 2021
Application Due: February 11, 2022