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Municipal Programs

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.

Transit Hub Planning Program

A map showing the study area around the Dunellen train stationThe NJTPA, in partnership with the Center for Community Planning and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, is soliciting proposals for a Transit Hub Planning Program. Applications are due December 15. A team of volunteer planners will provide up to two community groups or municipalities with free technical assistance. Projects will be selected on a competitive basis.

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.
 

Complete Streets Technical Assistance

Three people cross in a crosswalk while a stopped bus waits.

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.

Planning for Emerging Centers

Cyclists ride in a temporary bicycle lane installed by the Henry Hudson Trail in Keyport, NJ.

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.
 

Pedestrian Safety Program

Street Smart NJ logo

The NJTPA coordinates the statewide Street Smart NJ program, a grassroots campaign that aims to change the behaviors that contribute to pedestrian-vehicle crashes. Staff is available to give a short presentation to municipal officials to explain how the campaign work and what it entails.

This is an ongoing program, which is open to any county, municipality, college or police department in New Jersey. To learn more, visit BeStreetSmartNJ.org or email our Street Smart NJ Coordinator, Will Yarzab, [email protected].


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.