The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association has honored the NJTPA and one of its planners with 2021 Planning Excellence Awards. The association announced the awards on December 28.
The NJTPA received the Outstanding Community Engagement Award for NJTPA On Air, a multimedia competition that engaged children and teens in the recent Long Range Transportation Plan update. This was one of several innovative public engagement strategies the NJTPA developed with the Public Outreach Engagement Team at Rutgers University’s Voorhees Transportation Center. More than 150 children and teens shared their vision for the future of transportation in the NJTPA region. Entries included drawings, essays, videos, and animations. Their ideas were incorporated into Plan 2050: Transportation. People. Opportunity. All of the entries can be viewed here.
In addition, Aimee Jefferson, a principal planner at the NJTPA, received the Emerging Planning Award. She is a member of the NJTPA’s Local Programs and Project Development team and focuses on safety programs. She works with the New Jersey Department of Transportation on its Road Safety Audit Program and is also the project manager for the NJTPA’s Online Interagency Project Management System, a central database of more than 350 projects.