Morristown, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recently announced that Morristown has been awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in the amount of $669,000 for Patriots’ Path on Great Morristown Greenway. As a federally funded program, TAP provides monies for “non-traditional” transportation projects created at the local level to enhance the cultural, artistic and aesthetic integrity of the surrounding communities and environment.
The Great Morristown Greenway has expanded over time and Patriots’ Path is now roughly 35 miles of green open space. Comprised, in part, of a network of hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross country skiing trails, it connects many federal, state and county parks, as well as historical landmarks and other points of interest. The TAP grant comes as a means to complete the Patriots’ Path link which provides pedestrian access to the Great Morristown Greenway.
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Councilman Stefan Armington with support from Morristown Town Planner, Phil Abramson, worked in conjunction with the Morris County Park Commission in this initiative as part of Morristown’s Master Plan. The “Morristown Moving Forward” plan addresses the town’s traditional and non-traditional modes of transportation and land use, aiming to strike a balance such that all are effectively utilized and work together.
“I want to thank the Morris County Park Commission for teaming with us on this pursuit,” states Councilman Armington. “Opening this section of the Patriots Path will provide a safe connection between our two communities, provide a great opportunity to residents of the 2nd Ward to participate in active recreation, and serve as a catalyst for the development of other recreational and alternative transportation facilities that are included in the Master Plan.”
“No town can move forward without a growth strategy or without people who are willing to work hard to ensure those strategies are implemented,” adds Mayor Dougherty. “Receiving this grant not only shows that is in fact what we have here in Morristown, but it will strengthen our overall efforts in land space preservation while adding to our residents’ quality of life.”
As TAP projects must relate to surface transportation, Morristown continues to push forward with its focus on community-based needs and an improved interface between its residents and the space around them.
About Transportation Alternatives Program: Established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act as part of the Unites Stated Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. It defines transportation alternatives to include on-and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways.