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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett Honored for Service on Transportation Planning Board

(WAYNE, NJ) – Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett was recognized for his ongoing service on the Board of Trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at the Board’s annual meeting in Newark last week.


“Under Freeholder Bartlett’s leadership, Passaic County has advanced several safety projects totaling over $6 million and more than $58 million in local bridge and roadway projects,” NJTPA Executive Director Mary K. Murphy said. This federally funded, County-led work includes the construction of two major bridges, the Fifth Avenue Bridge in Paterson and Two Bridges Road in Wayne, both coming later this year.


In addition, with Freeholder Barlett’s support, the county completed the Great Falls Circulation Study through the NJTPA’s Subregional Support Program. The study aims to improve the mobility of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists around Great Falls National Historic Park in Paterson.


Federal funding support through NJTPA has enabled Passaic County to preserve and improve the Morris Canal Greenway in Clifton, Paterson, and Woodland Park. The county is also developing its first Green Infrastructure Plan. In 2016, with Freeholder Bartlett’s support, the City of Passaic was selected to participate in the federally-funded “Street Smart NJ” pedestrian safety program.


“I’m honored to receive this recognition,” Freeholder Bartlett said. “Transportation investments not only make travel safer and better for Passaic County residents, but also drive economic development, tourism, and community development for all who live, work, and travel in our County.”


NJTPA Chairman Peter Palmer, Somerset County Freeholder Director, joined Executive Director Murphy in presenting Freeholder Bartlett with his service award.


“Freeholder Bartlett has made significant contributions not just to Passaic County, but to the entire region,” Murphy said.


NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey counties. Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs. The agency establishes the region’s eligibility to receive federal tax dollars for transportation projects.

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