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Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. (Photo: NJ Department of Transportation).

DOT announces $19.6 million in local grants for Safe Routes to School program

By George Christopher, May 31 2022 1:31 pm

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced $19.6 million towards the Safe Routes to School Program, a program created to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing option for students. The funds will be distributed to local municipalities through 31 grants.

According to the NJDOT, the funding announced today is the largest investment in the program since its creation in 2005. In addition to promoting a “healthy and active lifestyle” from an early age, the program is also meant to help reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near schools.

“These grants will provide resources to improve sidewalks and bike paths to encourage children to stay active by walking and biking to school,” Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said in a statement.

The funds will also go towards crosswalks, school zone markers, and speed limit signs. Local municipalities will be responsible for the implementation of the projects.

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