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Jersey City approves $9M toward reducing traffic fatalities

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The Jersey City Council has approved $9 million toward reducing traffic fatalities as part of its Vision Zero initiative.

The 2018 capital budget includes funding for projects to reduce traffic fatalities and make Jersey City’s roadways more pedestrian- and bicycle-accessible. This comes after Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed an executive order adopting the initiative earlier this year.

The Council approved an additional $1 million for the creation of a Bus Rapid Transit System to create dedicated lanes and streets for bus or bike movement only. This will fund safety improvements to Montgomery Street Corridor, Communipaw Avenue, Marin Boulevard and nine intersections on Martin Luther King Boulevard through partnership funding with the New Jersey Transportation Authority.

Jersey City also will make over $5 million in improvements to traffic signals, speed humps, traffic communications equipment, as well as updates to bicycle and pedestrian safety infrastructure.

Since officials in Sweden began Vision Zero, officials in cities all over the world, including 32 in the U.S., have adopted their own versions of the initiative.

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David Hutter

David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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