Policy Board Approves Blueprint for SJTPO FY 2016 Planning Activities

At their March 23 meeting, the Policy Board approved SJTPO’s Fiscal Year 2016 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The UPWP serves as SJTPO’s blueprint for all federally funded surface transportation planning activities in the region, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. $2,970,598 is programmed among the Central Staff Work Program, the Subregional Transportation Planning Program, and the Technical Program.

Of special note is the Subregional Program, which allocates $348,500 to the four SJTPO Counties for work that supports regional planning initiatives and their own transportation planning needs. The Technical Program for FY 2016 includes $1,100,000 for consultant-assisted work that will enable SJTPO to address federal and local transportation priorities. Data collection, project development assistance, and work leading to the update of the Regional Transportation Plan in July 2016 are prominent elements of our technical work for the coming year.

The UPWP is available for review, here.

SJTPO Welcomes 2015 Policy Board Members

At its January 26th Reorganization Meeting, the SJTPO Policy Board elected its 2015 officers, and Cape May County Freeholder Vice-Director and Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio was named the SJTPO Chairman. The Board also elected Salem County Freeholder Deputy Director Benjamin Laury as Vice-Chairman and Atlantic County Freeholder Will Pauls as Secretary/Treasurer. Cumberland County Freeholder Thomas Sheppard was newly appointed to the SJTPO Policy Board this year. In addition, the SJTPO would like to acknowledge the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) Director of Engineering, Stephen Mazur, who joined the Policy Board since the 2014 Reorganization. Chairman Desiderio thanked the Board for their support and wished everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous year.

Leonard Desiderio
Leonard Desiderio, Chairman
Benjamin Laury
Benjamin Laury, Vice-Chairman
Will Pauls
Will Pauls, Secretary/Treasurer


SJTPO Traffic Safety Outreach Efforts Featured in Two Recent Articles

Two recent articles, in the Press of Atlantic City and the Guardian (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) highlight some of the great work SJTPO Traffic Safety Specialists are doing to bring safety awareness to the public.

The March 3, 2015 Press of Atlantic City featured a popular program led by Traffic Safety Specialist Bob Clarke, called Car Crashes, It’s Basic Physics. In this program, Mr. Clarke reaches out to area physics classes and using real-life crash examples, shows how investigators use physics to reconstruct what actually happened during a crash. It is a great way to teach students about safety and show the real-world importance of the lessons they learn in their classes. Read more in the article, here

In late 2014, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s newsletter, Guardian, focused on an effort SJTPO contributes to called Teens and Trucks. This program is a hands-on event that puts teens in the driver’s seat of a large truck to get a better idea of the blind spots (“No Zones”) that drivers of large trucks and buses are faced with on the roads. It also emphasized the importance of the three-second rule to keep safe distances from vehicles as well as to avoid distractions while driving, such as texting, cell phones, eating, among others. Read more in the article, here

These are just two of the more than dozen traffic safety programs that SJTPO delivers in the region to champion traffic safety awareness. To learn more about these programs and how to request a program in your school or community, check out the Traffic Safety page

Local Safety Program Featured in Southern New Jersey Development Council Newsletter

The Southern New Jersey Development Council (SNJDC) focused its Fall 2014 issue of its quarterly newsletter, the Chronicle, on transportation issues in South Jersey. One article focused on SJTPO’s Local Safety Program, highlighting the program’s focus on utilizing data to drive how SJTPO identifies locations and solutions when spending public dollars to improve safety.

You can read the article in the Fall 2014 issue of the Chronicle, here.

You can learn more about the Southern New Jersey Development Council (SNJDC), here.



Draft of Performance Report to 2040 Regional Transportation Plan Available for Review

SJTPO staff recently completed a draft of its 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Performance Report. This report serves as a mid-planning cycle report card that assesses the region’s progress in reaching the goals and objectives of the 2040 RTP, adopted in July 2012. The report shows a series of indicators for each of the Plan goals, and then uses simple gauges to depict the direction the region is heading. In addition to establishing performance measures, which are the basis of performance-based planning, a key emphasis area of federal legislation (MAP-21), the report serves as a strong foundation for the upcoming 2040 Regional Transportation Plan Update, due out the summer of 2016.

The report is available for review and public comment,here.

Comments may be directed to David Heller atdheller@sjtpo.org

SPOTLIGHT on Leonard Desiderio

Leonard C. Desiderio was elected Chairman of the SJTPO Policy Board in January 2015. Freeholder Desiderio has served as mayor of Sea Isle City since 1993, was elected Freeholder in 2002, is a member of the Sea Isle City Planning Board, Sea Isle City Ambulance Corps, Elks Lodge BPOE 1290, Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association, New Jersey Association of Counties and past president and current member of the Cape May County League of Municipalities. Freeholder Desiderio was recognized by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors as Freeholder of the year 2004.

Desiderio’s community involvement includes sponsoring both the St. Patrick’s Day and Columbus Day Parades in Sea Isle City as well as sponsoring numerous charitable events and playing Santa Claus for needy children in the county since 1997.

Desiderio received his B.A. degree in Social Sciences and History from Thomas Edison College. A native of Nutley, New Jersey, Desiderio became a full-time resident of Sea Isle City in 1983 and is president of Sea Isle Inn, Inc., a family owned and operated business. Desiderio is married to wife Carmela and they have one daughter, Carmela.

DID YOU KNOW? In the 2013-2014 School Year, SJTPO Traffic Safety Reached Over 14K Students!

As part of SJTPO’s long-standing commitment to make South Jersey roadways safer for all users, SJTPO offers a unique series of programs to teach area children, teens, and adults about different ways to be safe on area roadways. These programs reached over 14,000 students during the 2013-2014 school year.

To learn more about these programs and learn how you can request a program at your school, check out the Traffic Safety Education page >>