The NJTPA funds several competitive grant programs that provide free technical assistance to municipalities in our 13-county region. Below is additional information about our programs that are open to municipalities. You can also subscribe to our e-list to get updates about programs and grants specifically open to municipalities.
Complete Streets Technical Assistance
Complete Streets are roads 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 the local context.
This program supports municipalities by providing them with the knowledge, skills and resources to develop Complete Streets-related solutions. It can be used for a variety of projects, such as bicycle plans, walking audits or demonstration projects to identify safety concerns and potential strategies, conceptual renderings to visualize potential improvements, and development of policy guidance.
Solicitations are conducted every other year. To learn more, visit njtpa.org/CompleteStreets.
Complete Streets Demonstration Library
Many communities across the country have been implementing flexible, temporary street designs that help implement Complete Streets. These demonstration projects allow communities to try out bicycle lanes, corner “bump outs,” pedestrian plazas, parklets in place of on-street parking spaces, and other safety, placemaking and traffic calming features.
The NJTPA, in partnership with the Hudson Transportation Management Association, maintains a library of materials that can be loaned to communities for temporary demonstration projects. This includes delineator posts, barricades, traffic signs, paints, stencils, barriers, traffic cones, and other materials. To learn more, visit njtpa.org/DemonstrationLibrary
Planning for Emerging Centers
This program provides technical assistance to help municipalities create more sustainable, transit-supportive, and walkable communities, and to develop comprehensive approaches to strategic planning at the local level.
The NJTPA provides consultant and staff support to municipalities to conduct various planning studies, including integrated transportation and land use plans, transit area plans, multimodal (vehicular, bus, bike, pedestrian) circulation elements of master plans, and climate change and sustainability plans among others.
Solicitations are conducted periodically. To learn more, visit njtpa.org/PEC.
Street Smart NJ
The NJTPA coordinates this public education campaign to raise awareness of pedestrian and motorist laws and change the behaviors that lead to pedestrian and cyclist crashes and fatalities. NJTPA staff is available to meet with communities interested in conducting a campaign. State grants are also available to local police departments to conduct education and enforcement activities. To learn more, visit BeStreetSmartNJ.org.
Transit Hub Planning Program
This program provides technical assistance to municipalities through a partnerhsip between the NJTPA, the Center for Community Planning and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association.
This program develops strategic plans for the re-use, redevelopment, or improvement of a transit hub — the area around a train, bus, light rail or ferry station. The hope is that the plan will result in strategies that improve access to the transit station, increase economic activity in the hub area, create improved public spaces, and create a more vibrant and connected community. To learn more, visit njtpa.org/TransitHubProgram.
Vibrant Places Program
The NJTPA funds technical assistance through the Together North Jersey (TNJ) Vibrant Places Program. TNJ is a planning effort that began in 2011 and brought together a coalition of nearly 100 diverse partners — counties, municipalities, educational institutions, nonprofits, businesses and other stakeholders — to develop a regional plan for sustainable development.
The Vibrant Places Program seeks to strengthen connections between people and places using a strategy known as "placemaking." Eligible projects include public arts plans, visitor guides, wayfinding and branding.
Solicitations are conducted annually. To learn more, visit togethernorthjersey.com/technical-assistance.
Federal Funding Opportunities
Staff are also available to assist in coordinating and helping with federal grant applications, including for programs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This includes providing letters of support for applications consistent with our long-range transportation plan and supplying data on regional travel. To learn more, visit njtpa.org/IIJA.