TMA of New Jersey Newsletter Series

The Transportation Management Association Council of NJ (TMAC NJ) is comprised of the Executive Directors of New Jersey's eight Transportation Management Associations (TMA). TMAs are non-profit, public/private partnership organizations that work with businesses, commuters, county, and local governments, and regional and state agencies to implement programs that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. TMA services are available in every county in NJ. This quarterly newsletter is designed to educate and inform its readers about the impactful work NJ’s TMAs are doing to improve the mobility needs of all persons in NJ. For information about the TMA serving your area, click here.
The Hudson Transportation Management Association (TMA) is hosting its annual Stride & Ride Bike Rodeo at Lincoln Park in Jersey City on Saturday, June 10 from 11AM to 3PM.
The Hudson Transportation Management Association is hosting its annual Stride & Ride Bike Rodeo at Lincoln Park in Jersey City on Saturday, June 10 from 11AM to 3PM. Hundreds of children and their family members are expected to attend. The program will help participants to improve their riding skills and learn more about bike safety. The rodeo hosts obstacle courses, races and educational stations. Children between grades three through eight, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are encouraged to attend and will receive a new bike helmet. Younger children who cannot ride without training wheels can participate with their family members in the Learn to Ride station. The Stride and Ride is a great experience for people of all ages. Adults and older family members should bring their bikes too. Everyone can benefit from improving their skills and learning a few new tips. The rodeo also provides a community festival with information tents providing health and safety information. Participants must bring their own bikes. 
Bridgewater-Raritan STEP Students Learn Employment & Transportation Skills with RideWise and Turf, Surf & Earth 
Last month, Linda Rapacki and Bastu Betty Cleland from RideWise collaborated with Surf, Turf & Earth in Somerville to provide travel training instruction for students in Jan
Carr-Jones' School to Employment (STEP) class at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.   
The day began with Linda and Betty showing students where to board the Somerset County SCOOT 860 bus to Turf, Surf & Earth from Bridgewater. They flagged down the local Somerset County SCOOT 860 bus, paid their fare, and paid attention to where they needed to exit the bus. 
Once at Turf, Surf & Earth, owner Mackenzie Salazar, and the amazing staff gave the students a hands-on employment experience on what it takes to run a successful restaurant. The students spent time wiping down tables, refreshing holiday decorations, brewing coffee, juicing limes, making falafel and sauces, taking orders, serving guests, collecting money, making change, and many other behind-the-scenes activities. 
After their employment experience at Turf, Surf & Earth, the students walked to the Somerville Train Station before catching the NJ TRANSIT 114 bus to the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Linda and Betty showed the students how to use the MyBus feature while waiting for the bus and how to board and deboard the bus correctly. 
Closing out a successful day of travel training, Linda and Betty engaged the students in safe pedestrian safety skills on the walk from the Bridgewater Commons Mall back to the high school. 
Travel training from RideWise is available to any school located in Somerset County. To learn more, contact [email protected] or visit the TransitConnect page at our website.  
Readington Township and Flemington Borough are the latest Hunterdon municipalities to conduct Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaigns aimed at changing the behaviors that contribute to pedestrian-vehicle crashes. 

Street Smart NJ is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations. The Readington Township Police Department and Flemington Borough Police Department will work with goHunterdon, to promote behaviors that improve safety for people who are driving and walking. 

The Readington Township campaign will focus along Route 523 in the Whitehouse Station section of the township. The Flemington Borough Street Smart NJ campaign will focus on Mine Street. Both campaigns will begin in May 2023. 

During each of the campaigns, Street Smart NJ messaging will be visible on street signs, and in local businesses on table tents, brochures, posters, coasters, and take out coffee sleeves. Reusable Street Smart NJ branded shopping bags will also be distributed. Local police will reinforce speed limits, distracted driving laws, and the “stop for pedestrians in crosswalks” law. 

Street Smart NJ is one of many initiatives in New Jersey working to help the state reach its goal of zero pedestrian fatalities. The campaign reminds people that everyone has a role to play in making our streets safer. Drivers must obey speed limits and stop for people crossing; people walking need to use crosswalks (marked and unmarked) and cross with the signals; and everyone needs to avoid distractions. 

The statewide Street Smart NJ campaign is managed by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and began in 2013. 
The Readington Township and Flemington Borough campaigns will mark the 16th and 17th campaigns conducted in Hunterdon County. Prior campaigns have been conducted in: Califon Borough, Town of Clinton, Frenchtown Borough, High Bridge Borough, City of Lambertville, Milford Borough, and Tewksbury Township. 

For more information, contact Ryan Fisher, goHunterdon Safety Programs Coordinator, [email protected] 
CCCTMA attends the annual
NJ Transportation Conference
The annual NJ Transportation Conference, known as TransAction 2023, was held April 18-20. The conference attracts over 900 transportation field attendees from all levels of government (municipal, county, state, and regional agencies) as well as the private sector. Cross County Connection was honored to have two staff members invited as panelists.
Nate Dorfman, Sr. Transportation Planner (pictured right), presented on the Route 54/40 Community Shuttle Microtransit Feasibility Study alongside study partners from SJTPO and VIA.

Patrick Farley, Program Director 
(pictured below), spoke on Complete Streets implementation tools, along with staff from Rutgers Voorhees Transportation Center,
Avenues in Motion Gathers Community Leaders & Experts to Improve Road Safety in Morris County  
On March 28th, we brought together local government officials and industry experts to discuss ways to improve roadway safety and mobility in Morris County as part of our first annual Municipal Transportation Forum. 
Those in attendance heard from agency representatives, transportation safety experts, and fellow municipal officials on how to pay for projects, generate community buy-in and support, and implement programs and projects to make our streets safer for all. 

The forum, sponsored by Dewberry engineering consultants and held
at the County College of Morris, was kicked off by Morris County Commissioner Stephen Shaw and featured two panel discussions. The first focused on building support and achieving results for complete streets, featuring presentations by Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP, Managing Director and Adjunct Professor with the Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and Jennifer Duckworth, Senior Environmental Engineer with Tetra Tech and founder of the Millburn Pedestrian Safety Committee. 
The second panel was focused on various funding options available, common pitfalls to avoid in project proposals, partners to involve, and how to align to broader agency goals to ensure project success. Speakers included Sascha Frimpong, Director of Local Project Development at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and David Bruccoleri, Manager of the Local Aid & Economic Development Division Office at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. 
2022 Hydrogen Car Challenge Winners Given
a Tour of Howmet Campus 
Our 2022 Hydrogen Car Challenge grand champs
not only won the trophy in December but they were also recently given a tour of the Dover Howmet Aerospace campus. 
Avenues in Motion was excited to accompany the grand champs, from Union County Magnet High School, on the informative tour. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Howmet Aerospace and we hope to do this again! 
KMM’s Podcast Mobility Matters Kicks off Season Two 
In its second season, KMM's Mobility Matters Podcast continues to deliver insightful and informative episodes that focus on safety, transportation, and mobility in NJ. Hosted by various members of the KMM Staff, the short 30-minute episodes provide listeners with a comprehensive understanding of transportation in and around Middlesex County. 

What makes Season Two so compelling is the diversity of its guests. The podcast features interviews with experts from various fields, including safety advocates, urban planners, policymakers, and even a biking fireman! Our hosts, Bill Neary, Arlene Holt, Christopher Gonda and Cristina Fowler each bring their own unique and approachable style which allows many of their guests to share powerful topics in a relatable way.  

For a complete list of Season Two Episodes, visit the KMM website or search for Mobility Matters anywhere you listen to your podcasts.   

Season Two 
Episode 1 – Welcome to Season Two 
Episode 2 – Steve Dunn, the Biking Fireman 
Episode 3–NJTIP Director, Karen Alexander 
Episode 4–Senator Patrick Diegnan 
Episode 5–NJTRANSIT President & CEO, Kevin Corbett 
Episode 6–VTC Senior Research Specialist Sean Meehan 
Episode 7 – Mid Season Special 
Episode 8–EZRIDE COO & General Counsel Avnish Gupta, Esquire to talk about EZ Ryde4Life Program 
Episode 9–Kate O’Connor of Brain Injury Alliances NJ 
Episode 1O–Mike Dannemiller of Middlesex County Department 
50% Discount on Rides For Qualified
EZ Ryde4Life Program Members! 
Thanks to a generous grant from NJ TRANSIT, we are pleased to offer a 50% discount on Lyft/Uber rides for a limited number of medical and dialysis trips while funding lasts. 

Eligibility: Members qualified under any ONE of the following NJ DHS programs: 

Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD) See, or 

Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program  

This 50% discount is available to our members paying for the rides using their own funds and cannot be combined with any other program. Discount is subject to availability of funds when the ride is requested. 

Number of Trips:  
Maximum of eight rides a month for medical purposes. 
Dialysis patients are eligible for eight additional rides each month. 
Rides are provided on a first come, first served basis. 
Sign up to become an EZ Ryde4Life member.  
For additional information, please contact Kinga Skora 
(201) 939-4242 ext. 131, or 

Maps to Keep Mercer on the Move 
Interactive maps are a great tool for learning about transportation options and how to navigate these options. Greater Mercer TMA recently created two new interactive maps, the Mercer County Transit Explorer and a Lawrence Township Bike/Walk map.     

The Mercer County Transit Explorer covers all NJ TRANSIT services and local buses. Bus, train, light rail…it’s all on the map, along with bus stop details, fare zone boundaries, and points of interest.  
Active transportation is also covered with GMTMA’s Bike/Walk Map for Lawrence Township. With this  interactive mapping tool bike and pedestrian facilities in the greater Lawrence Township area can be viewed.  
You can use the map to locate bike lanes, shared-use paths, trails, and bike-compatible shoulders around Lawrence Township. The map also displays points of interest, such as parking locations, bike repair stations, food locations, and more. The interactive map serves as a companion map to a larger print version.   
If you would like to embed this map onto your website, you can do so by clicking the "Share" button, and then select "Embed." 
Check out more GMTMA maps when you visit the Trails Plan page on our website! Contact us for more information on the maps or to obtain a copy of the Lawrence map. 

Transportation Management Associations
This quarterly newsletter is designed to educate and inform its readers about the impactful work being done to improve the mobility needs of NJ’s residents and employers.

At the logos below, click on the name of the TMA serving your county for information about their programs and services.
Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Bergen County and western portions of Hudson County, eastern portions of Passaic, Union and Essex and Monmouth Counties
201-939-4242, toll free 866-208-1307

Hunterdon County

Mercer County, Montgomery Township (Somerset County) and Ocean County

Hudson County

Middlesex County

Somerset County, except for Montgomery Township

Morris, Sussex, Warren, and western portions of
Passaic and Essex Counties
About Us: TMA Council of NJ (TMAC NJ) is comprised of the Executive Directors of New Jersey's eight Transportation Management Associations. TMAs are non-profit organizations that work with businesses, commuters, county, and local governments, and state agencies to implement programs that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
Funding for the TMAs, is provided in part, by the Federal Highway Administration, NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJ TRANSIT, North Jersey Transportation Authority (NJTPA), Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), private foundations, local businesses and other sources.