Over $11 million awarded for
local bike and pedestrian projects
Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein today announced the award of $11.4 million in grants to 97 local bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the state. The funding is made available through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund=s Local Aid Program.
AAlternative means of transportation, like walking and bicycling, are integral to our quality of life,@ Governor Christie Whitman said. ALocal projects like the ones funded through these grants help make New Jersey a better place to live, work and raise a family. Taken together with our traditional projects like bridge repairs and highway paving, our transportation goals are truly comprehensive and innovative.@
AProviding funding through grants to New Jersey communities is one of the most important and effective functions of the Transportation Trust Fund,@ Commissioner Weinstein said. Community-based efforts such as bikepaths and walkways well deserve our support, and I am pleased that this round of grants will go a long way toward achieving our bicycling and pedestrian goals.
The NJDOT's Local Aid Program is supported by the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund. Under legislation signed into law by Governor Whitman in 1995, the Transportation Trust Fund was renewed and local aid funding was increased from $100 million to $130 million per year. In Fiscal Year 2000, a total of $162.9 million is being made available to municipal and county projects.