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SJTA Community Shuttles Expand Access to South Jersey Employers Shuttle Routes Funded in Part by Transportation Plus Grant

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2)
(VINELAND, NJ – March 20, 2018) – Over the past five years the public transportation network of South Jersey has quietly been expanding. South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) began service on three shuttle bus routes – the English Creek-Tilton Road, Rt. 54/40 and Pureland East-West Community Shuttles. These routes have filled gaps in the public transit network, providing underserved communities with reliable transportation to work.
SJTA plans the service to be efficient and flexible, responding to the shifting needs of the community. The shuttles handle approximately 6,000 passenger trips each month. Fares are kept low, providing an economical means of transportation for lower income residents and others who may not have access to a car. Shuttle services connect to NJ TRANSIT bus or rail service, expanding employment access throughout the South Jersey region. Free transfers between the shuttles and NJ TRANSIT services are provided.
All three community shuttles were planned and developed through a private/public partnership that included SJTA, NJ TRANSIT, Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association, United Way of Gloucester County, local social service providers and community groups, as well as Atlantic County and Gloucester County governments. They were brought together by the Pascale Sykes Foundation, a private foundation that supports initiatives that assist lower income working families. The Pascale Sykes Foundation recognized that access to reliable transportation is often a significant barrier to stable employment and economic opportunity for working families in a car-dependent environment like South Jersey. The shuttle services are funded through grants from the Pascale Sykes Foundation and NJ TRANSIT.
The English Creek-Tilton Road Community Shuttle began operation in October 2012. It serves over 5,000 households and 400 businesses in Northfield and Egg Harbor Township, including the AtlantiCare Health Park. The route recently expanded to include the newly constructed Oak Tree Plaza in Egg Harbor Township. This 35-acre retail center promises to bring over 400 jobs to the community and features a Walmart Supercenter. The shuttle also connects to NJ TRANSIT’s 502, 507, and 509 bus service, providing access to destinations throughout Atlantic County. Service is Monday through Saturday and costs $1 per ride.
The Pureland East-West Shuttle began operation in May 2015. In addition to the Pureland Industrial Complex, a 3,000-acre planned industrial park in Logan Township, the shuttle provides access to other sizable employers, such as Rowan University, Eastern Pro-Pak and Liscio’s Bakery in Glassboro. The Pureland Shuttle connects with 11 NJ TRANSIT buses spreading access to the wider region. Due to the size of Pureland, an “internal circulator” bus provides demand responsive service to get employees that last mile between work and the bus stop located just outside the complex. Riders simply tell the bus driver where they need to go and the driver develops an efficient route on the y, rather than travelling along a circuitous pre-planned route. This flexibility is a must when serving a unique complex such as Pureland, where shift times are variable and job locations disperse. An estimated 40% of Pureland East-West ridership utilize the internal circulator as well. The service operates Monday through Friday and is $1 per ride.
The Route 54/40 Community Shuttle began service in January 2016. The shuttle serves the communities of Buena Vista, Collings Lakes, Folsom Borough, Hammonton, Landisville, Minotola, Newtonville, and Richland. Ridership has steadily grown, doubling between 2016 and 2017. The shuttle service connects to NJ TRANSIT’s 553 and 554 bus routes and AC Rail service. The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle operates Monday through Friday and is free, benefitting some of the county’s lower income communities that previously had limited or no public transit options.
More information regarding the shuttles can be found at Cross County Connection’s website www.driveless.com. You can also contact Cross County Connection TMA at 856-596-8228 to inquire as to how these shuttles, public transit or options such as carpooling and vanpooling can help your company reliably get your employees to work. Cross County Connection can also provide trip planning assistance for employees on any shuttle or public transit service in the region. They are eager to help!

Legislación de Ruíz que crea campaña de concientización pública sobre el peligro de dejar a los niños desatendidos en vehículos ahora es ley

Posted on January 29, 2018 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (15)


TRENTON – El proyecto de ley patrocinado por la Senadora M. Teresa Ruíz para establecer una campaña de concientización pública para informar al público sobre el peligro de dejar a los niños desatendidos dentro y alrededor de los vehículos, y medidas preventivas que pueden tomar los padres o tutores para promover la seguridad infantil y proteger a los niños contra lesiones no intencionales o la muerte, ahora es ley.

"Dejar a los niños desatendidos en los vehículos, incluso durante un período muy breve, puede exponerlos a un grave peligro. Sin embargo, todos los años nos enteramos de casos de bebés que se quedan en automóviles con calor sofocante, frío extremo o vulnerables a otros peligros en el vehículo que podrían causar daños graves o la muerte ", dijo la Senadora Ruíz (D-Essex). "Educar a los padres sobre los riesgos asociados con dejar a los niños solos en un vehículo o alrededor de un vehículo es de vital importancia para proteger a los niños en nuestro estado y, en última instancia, se podría salvar vidas".

Las estadísticas muestran que, en un promedio, 38 niños mueren cada año a causa  del calor después de quedar atrapados dentro de vehículos motorizados, e incluso los padres o cuidadores pueden inconscientemente dejar a un bebé dormido en un automóvil y causar lesiones o la muerte. La temperatura de un vehículo, incluso con una ventana abierta, puede aumentar rápidamente y un niño puede sufrir fácilmente un golpe de calor, causando daño cerebral o la muerte en cuestión de minutos.

La ley (S2609) requerirá que la División de Seguridad de Tránsito en las Carreteras del Departamento de Leyes y Seguridad Pública, en consulta con el Departamento de Niños y Familias, cree una campaña de concientización pública. Se requerirá que la división proporcione material educativo impreso y electrónico sobre la seguridad de los niños dentro y alrededor de vehículos motorizados y distribuya el material en los centros de cuidado infantil autorizados en el estado, en lugares públicos en todo el estado y por cualquier otro medio que el director determine en colaboración con otras entidades gubernamentales, incluso el Departamento de Niños y Familias y la Comisión de Vehículos Motorizados de Nueva Jersey.

La ley requerirá que la división informe al Gobernador y a la Legislatura sobre las actividades y logros de la campaña de concientización pública dentro de los dos años posteriores a la fecha que la ley se puso en vigor.

La ley se pondrá en efecto inmediatamente.

The Atlantic City A New Beginning Scholarship

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (7)

(Atlantic City, NJ) - Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said Thursday, “When I first became Mayor, having a scholarship that provided Atlantic City residents an opportunity to further their education beyond high school was extremely important to me. That is why I dedicated my first inaugural ball towards raising funds for a scholarship endowment at Atlantic City Cape Community College. We called the scholarship Mayor Don Guardian’s “A New Beginning” Scholarship. Since 2014, we have raised $300,000, with $200,000 being invested into an endowment account. As of 2017, a total of $7,000 has been accrued in interest from that endowment account. The remaining $100,000 was drawn down to be used for award scholarships.

From 2014 until 2017, a total of $60,006.90 was awarded in scholarship money to over 25 students who were eligible as of October 2017. I hope and pray that these scholarships played a small role in helping these students ease their financial burden. Going forward, I requested that the residual $49,193.10 be added to the remaining $200,000 endowment account to be used for future scholarships. Education is the key to breaking poverty, and I hope I did my small part in helping to lift the next generation of Atlantic City residents out of poverty.”

Eligibility Requirements:

• Reside in Atlantic City for two years prior to enrolling at Atlantic Cape

• Demonstrate financial need

• Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5

• Enrolled at Atlantic Cape Community College

• Complete Free Application For Student Financial Aid

• Submit a scholarship application

Awards:

• Based on applicant ability to meet eligibility requirements

• Up to $2,000 per semester per student

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian Thanks the Director of Mayors Employment and Jobs Training Program

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

(Atlantic City, NJ) - Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said Thursday, “When I became Mayor four years ago, it was very important to me to make sure as many Atlantic City residents as possible were able to find meaningful employment. That mission became twice as important when several casinos suddenly closed in 2014.

I want to personally thank Eric Reynolds and his team of Marcus Wilson, Jessica Dawn, Dee Kelly, and Karen McCormick who made up the very successful “Mayor’s Employment & Jobs Training Program.” These dedicated men and women worked hard on my behalf for the last four years to find employment for Atlantic City residents. Together, they placed over 780 Atlantic County residents, with 445 of them being Atlantic City resident, into meaningful jobs since 2014.

This program has been a tremendous success since 2014 when I was able to persuade the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to give the City $400,000 to begin the program. With tremendous support from Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bob Menendez, and Congressman Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey Department of Labor Commissioner Bob Wirths, and many more, the funding has continued to support this vital service to our residents.

I have the utmost respect for Eric Reynolds and his team. I hope that the program continues with the next administration. It was very successful and benefited a lot of people in Atlantic City.”

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian Praises RPM Development for $15,000 Donation for Browns Park

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

(Atlantic City, NJ) - Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said Thursday, “I want to thank the RPM Development Group for donating a check of $15,000 for the improvement and betterment of Brown’s Park. We have some exciting plans for the park that will take place next year.

The current RPM Development housing project located at Drexel, Adriatic, Tennessee, & Ocean Avenues will include sixty-six units that will provide much needed workforce housing. The units will be consisting of 17 three bedroom units, 13 one unit bedroom units, and 36 two bedroom units, all of which will be handicap accessible.

During Phase II of the development of Brown’s Park, the $15,000 will be dedicated to build a picnic area on the south side of Brown’s Park. We will be putting 15 picnic tables, grilles for cooking out, and a washing station. We are so proud of how Brown’s Park has become a symbol for Atlantic City’s rebirth and future optimism.

Over the past four years, rebuilding the City’s parks and playgrounds has been a top priority for me. I knew from my experience as the Director of the Special Improvement Division that well-built and taken care of parks and playgrounds can dramatically change a community for the better. That is why we have rebuilt every basketball court in Atlantic City, and renovated the fields at Altman Field, Chelsea Heights Sports Field, Soccer Field at Texas Avenue Park, and the Boys and Girls Club.”