Like New York’s, New Jersey’s stimulus transportation projects have gone online. New Jersey will receive almost $1.1 billion for transportation projects, with $162 million of that “suballocated” to metropolitan planning organizations who have authority to spend it on local projects.
NJ Transit and NJDOT project lists are available at the state’s official stimulus website. New Jersey’s three MPOs also have lists online, and the two major ones do an excellent job of making their stimulus projects accessible by the public:
The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority approved a list of stimulus projects last week, which is available on the website’s front page under “Featured Programs.” NJTPA’s list includes paragraph-long, plain-English descriptions of each project, a rarity in transportation agency documents. It also clearly separates the state projects (selected by NJDOT and NJ Transit) from the local projects (selected by the MPO). The agency will spend virtually all of its stimulus funds on road and bridge maintenance, pedestrian projects, and traffic signal replacement.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, which covers the Philadelphia and Trenton metropolitan areas, puts its stimulus projects even more prominently on its front page (behind a dollar-sign-covered button). DVRPC also includes detailed justifications for its projects and even puts its project list in map form. The lion’s share of its stimulus money goes towards road maintenance and pedestrian improvements.
The South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization does not include stimulus information in an obvious place on its website. However, its list of stimulus projects is available at the “Meetings” page under “Policy Board Archives.” Over 95% of its stimulus funds will go towards road and bridge maintenance.