Category: Announcement

NJ TRANSIT Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) Comment Opportunity

As part of NJ TRANSIT’s Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) Service Study, NJ TRANSIT is conducting a brief survey to learn how rail service could be improved to better meet the needs of customers. Survey respondents who provide their contact information will be entered into a drawing for either an NJ TRANSIT monthly pass or a $100.00 gift card.

Take the ACRL English survey >>>
Take the ACRL Spanish survey >>>

IIJA Safe Streets and Roads for All Program Webinar (August 1st)

In partnership with the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the Governor’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Office is hosting a webinar about USDOT’s Safe Streets and Roads for All Program. The program provides funds to municipalities for roadway safety planning and projects that will help meet the 2050 goal of zero deaths and serious injuries. Awards provide up to $1M for Action Plan proposals and up to $30M for Implementation Plan proposals. Applications are due September 15th.

The webinar will feature speakers from NJDOT and FHWA, who will provide information and take questions about this program and other IIJA program municipal opportunities. The webinar is targeted toward municipalities to discuss and answer questions about Safe Streets, which is one of several programs for which state governments aren’t eligible and only municipal governments and MPOs can apply. The webinar is coming up soon on August 1st at 2 pm. The webinar is free, but registration is required using the link.

New Jersey Mileage-Based User Fee Pilot Program

Did you know that a fuel tax you pay at the pump is largely responsible for funding a well-functioning transportation system that gets you to where you need to go, delivers packages to your door, and keeps groceries on the shelves? But as vehicles go farther on less fuel and some stop using any fuel at all, it becomes harder to maintain our aging transportation system.

The Eastern Transportation Coalition, a partnership of 17 states and Washington D.C., needs your help to explore an alternative approach, called a Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF), which means each driver pays for the miles they drive instead of the fuel they buy.

Join a Pilot Program in New Jersey to help determine how an MBUF program could work. It is free to participate, and there are strict privacy protection measures to safeguard your data.

Your voice is important, so visit NewJerseyMBUFpilot.com to learn more and enroll. Participants who qualify can receive up to $100. Have questions? Contact a Pilot team member at 609-293-7800 or NewJersey@MBUFpilot.org.

New Jersey State Rail Plan Expert Workshop Meeting (June 2nd at 2:30 p.m.)

New Jersey Transit supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation is developing an update to the New Jersey State Rail Plan. The current plan was published in 2015. A state rail plan provides the means for:

  • Setting forth State policy involving freight and passenger rail transportation, including commuter rail operations, in the State
  • Presenting priorities and strategies to enhance rail service in the State that benefits the public
  • Serving as the basis for federal and state rail investments within the State New Jersey Transit and the State’s three Metropolitan Planning

Organizations will be hosting virtual workshops to give New Jersey’s freight rail stakeholders the opportunity to provide input into the plan. You have been identified as an important freight stakeholder and are invited to participate in this meeting.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, June 2nd from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To join the workshop, please use the following link, https://zoom.us/j/95223763360?pwd=eldjTGs2N3lMUGJLL2dNQVBjY0FIZz09

Meeting ID: 952 2376 3360

Passcode: 999200

Dial-in option: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/akCv7fLXk

If you have any questions, please contact info@njstaterailplan.com. We look forward to your participation.

Apply for Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TA Set-Aside) Grants

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is accepting applications for the 2022 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Grant Program. The TA Set-Aside Program provides federal funds for community-based “non-traditional” surface transportation-related projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s surface transportation intermodal system.

In collaboration with the New Jersey Safe Routes Resource Center, the NJDOT Office of Local Aid is conducting a series of free webinars to assist communities who are interested in applying for a TA Set-Aside Grant. The 90-minute webinars will include:

  • An overview of Federal Aid programs and the TA Set-Aside Program
  • A detailed review of the TA Set-Aside application
  • Information on the grant application process
  • Details on grant resources, tips, and strategies
  • A question-and-answer session with NJDOT Local Aid staff

Registration is necessary to attend the 90-minute webinars. Below are the dates and registration links.

  • Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Register Here
  • Thursday, September 15, 2022, from noon to 1:30 PM – Register Here

For this TA Set-Aside grant solicitation, the NJDOT Division of Local Aid and Economic Development is requiring pre-application meetings. Prospective applicants can discuss their project concept and get guidance on whether the proposed project is a good fit for the program. Prior to the meeting, applicants must submit a project map (see the map maker tool), a brief description of the project, and a cost estimate.

Applicants in the SJTPO region can schedule their meetings using this calendar. An automatic invitation will be sent to the scheduler and can then be forwarded to the other team members/invitees as needed. Pre-application meetings will be held from April 11th through September 30th. For more information, please visit the TA Set-Aside website or contact Alan Huff, at ahuff@sjtpo.org or 856-794-1941.

Grant applications are due on November 3, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

TAC Workshop: Regional Freight Plan Data Collection and Analysis

SJTPO will host a workshop in place of the regularly scheduled TAC meeting on April 11, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. The workshop will focus on the Regional Freight Plan Data Collection and Analysis technical study. This study seeks a better understanding of freight movement and activity in South Jersey, and positions SJTPO to support regional and statewide freight planning. The study includes four steps: outreach to freight stakeholders, collecting freight data, analyzing freight performance, and synthesizing findings into a final report and interactive dashboard.

The consultant for the study will facilitate the workshop to seek feedback on the data analysis to understand how the study can best support our local planning efforts and to ensure that the study is accurately representing the characteristics of the freight system in SJTPO region.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the link https://meet.goto.com/145102093. If your computer has speakers and a microphone you can simply use the computer audio. Otherwise, you can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3129 or +1 (877) 309-2073 (toll free)

Access Code: 145-102-093

Comment Opportunity: Civil Rights in Outreach

SJTPO is opening a 45-day public comment period for the Title VI Implementation Plan, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan, and the Public Involvement Plan (PIP) from Tuesday, March 22, 2022 to Friday, May 6, 2022. These three plans guide SJTPO’s outreach process in meeting Civil Rights laws and regulations. Staff will host both English and Spanish listening sessions for you to learn more about the plans, with registration required to attend. To view the plans and register to attend the listening sessions, visit the Public Comment webpage.

RFP Availability: Air Quality Technical Assistance

SJTPO is seeking a qualified firm, or groups of firms, to prepare new motor vehicle emissions budgets for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) upcoming Ozone Attainment Demonstration State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision. This work is included as Task 22/404: Air Quality Technical Assistance, a two-year study, in the SJTPO FY 2022 Unified Planning Work Program (www.sjtpo.org/UPWP). Technical proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the goals, requirements, format, and guidelines presented in this RFP document. To learn more, visit the RFP webpage.

Career Opportunity: Assistant Planner/Engineer

SJTPO is seeking a technically oriented professional for a full-time position to conduct project-oriented planning activities to support the implementation of transportation projects in the SJTPO region. One of the key responsibilities of this position involves the allocation of federal funds and tracking of financials. The position will report to the Program Manager – Capital Programming & Project Development. For a full list of responsibilities and directions on how to apply, visit the Careers webpage. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 11, 2022.

RFP Availability: Microtransit Feasibility Study

SJTPO is seeking a qualified firm, or groups of firms, to conduct a feasibility study to determine if microtransit is a viable service model for the Route 54/40 Community Shuttle, which operates in western Atlantic County. This work is included as a one-year study in the SJTPO Draft FY 2023 Unified Planning Work Program (www.sjtpo.org/UPWP). Technical proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the goals, requirements, format, and guidelines presented in this RFP document. To learn more, visit the RFP Webpage.

[UPDATE 02/16/2022]: The feature to receive updates about our RFPs is currently unavailable. Interested parties will need to check the RFP page periodically for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

[UPDATE 2/25/2022]: The proposal due date for digital submission has been updated from Tuesday, March 8, 2022 to Tuesday, March 15, 2022. The physical submission is now due Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

RFP Availability: Countywide Local Road Safety Plans

SJTPO is seeking qualified groups of firms to develop and implement four Countywide Local Road Safety Plans for Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties. These planning level efforts are intended to address the unique safety needs under county and local jurisdictions while contributing to the success of the New Jersey 2020 Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The planning process will include extensive data analyses, as well as data collection, assembly, and/or purchase, stakeholder identification and engagement from the state, county, municipal, private, and non-profit sectors, including through a series of workshop or summit events. To learn more, visit the RFP Webpage.

[UPDATE 02/16/2022]: The feature to receive updates about our RFPs is currently unavailable. Interested parties will need to check the RFP page periodically for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

RFP Availability: Air Quality Post Processor Development

SJTPO is seeking a qualified firm, or groups of firms, to develop a post-processor to link the outputs of SJTPO’s travel demand model to the latest version of MOVES. The post-processor must be run using non-proprietary, or open-source software. The development of the post-processor must also utilize the inventory approach, consistent with how the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) runs MOVES. To view the RFP, visit the RFP webpage.

Answers to All Questions Received (2/01/2022, 9:41 am)

RFP Availability: Regional Trail Network – Feasibility Survey, Cape May County

SJTPO is seeking a qualified firm, or groups of firms, to assist SJTPO in identifying and evaluating feasible routing for the Northern Cape May County Trail. The effort will include a number of activities that will help SJTPO understand the existing conditions related to routing this particular bikeway as well as to understand the demand for, economic impact of such a bikeway in addition to assessing operations, maintenance, security, and developing cost estimates and a trail concept plan. To view the RFP, visit the RFP webpage.

Translation and Interpretation Services

SJTPO is beginning the process of evaluating firms to provide translation and interpretation services on an on-call basis. Recently, SJTPO has been working to make itself more accessible to its non-English speaking public and is looking for a firm or firms who can assist in that effort. If you are interested in doing business with SJTPO, please fill out the forms and submit as a PDF as well as the completed excel file to Melissa Melora at mmelora@sjtpo.org by Friday, September 10, 2021. View the forms.

In filling out the forms, SJTPO wants to draw your attention to a few things. First, there are two forms, each within a separate tab in the spreadsheet. In the Quote Form tab, fields that need to be filled out by the vendor are highlighted in yellow. In the Questions tab, all questions relevant to your firm should be filled out. You are welcome to include any other attachments that you feel are relevant, please refer to them in the Questions spreadsheet.

SJTPO has received and responded to questions regarding the request for quotes. View the Q&A memo.

Para-Plus Translations, Inc. has been selected to provide translation and interpretation services for SJTPO. View the proposal package. Update on 10/19/2021.

Now Available for Public Review and Comment: Draft FFY 2022-2031 TIP, Transportation Conformity, and STIP

The SJTPO Draft Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022-2031 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is available for public review and comment. The TIP includes State and local highway projects as well as regional, statewide, and transit programs. Over $1.3 Billion of FFY 2022-2031 Federal and State funding is identified for transportation improvements within the four counties, in addition to participation in the statewide programs. In addition to the release of the TIP, SJTPO has released the Transportation Conformity document, ensuring that mobile source emissions generated from future Federally funded projects and programs conform to specific emission levels as established in the State Implementation Plan (SIP), the air quality plan for the State.

The comment period of the TIP and Transportation Conformity document will be open now through Sunday, August 15, 2021. During this period, the State has made the Statewide TIP (STIP) available for public review and comment as well. The STIP encompass all three TIPs from the New Jersey Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).

Two virtual public meetings will be held. The first will take place on Thursday, July 15 (6:00 PM). The second and final meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 20 (2:00 PM). Registration is required and may be completed by visiting the TIP webpage. The webpage also lists additional ways to submit comments if participation in the virtual public meetings is not possible.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Municipal and School Fleets Webinar

Sustainable Jersey will host a webinar on reducing the carbon footprint of municipal and school fleets. The webinar will take place next Wednesday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM. Participants will learn about electric vehicle funding options and hear from municipalities that have successfully reduced the carbon footprints of their fleets. Click here to register.

Applications Now being Accepted for the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant Program

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is accepting Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure Grant Program applications through Thursday, October 14, 2021. Projects within a 2-mile radius of a K-8 school are eligible. Projects should lead to one or all of the following: improve the safety of children biking and walking to school, increase accessibility for students with disabilities, and reduce traffic around schools. For more information visit, the SRTS webpage.

Atlantic County Transportation Collaborative

Public transportation in South Jersey is an economic lifeline. The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle and English Creek-Tilton Road Community Shuttle connect families to jobs, food, education, and medical care. Learn more about these community shuttles and the need to secure the annual fundraising goal to allow the shuttles to continue serving the people of South Jersey.

Release of RFP – FY 2021 Air Quality Assistance

SJTPO is soliciting proposals from qualified firms, or groups of firms, to do the regional emissions analysis for the upcoming FY 2022-2031 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Regional Transportation Plan (RTP 2050) Transportation Conformity. Details in this request for proposals have been developed with the intent of advancing those objectives. To view the RFP, visit the RFP webpage.

Answers to questions received have been posted (updated 4/22/2021).

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