ASSEMBLY, No. 4934
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED DECEMBER 5, 2022
Assemblyman DANIEL R. BENSON
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Assemblyman WILLIAM F. MOEN, JR.
District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)
Assemblyman BENJIE E. WIMBERLY
District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywomen Reynolds-Jackson, Jasey, Assemblymen Karabinchak, Tully and Assemblywoman Swain
Establishes Mobility and Transportation Innovation Pilot Program in DOT; appropriates $2 million.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee on June 15, 2023, with amendments.
An Act establishing the Mobility and Transportation Innovation 2Pilot2 Program, supplementing Title 27 of the Revised Statutes, and making an appropriation.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. As used in P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill):
“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Transportation.
“Department” means the Department of Transportation.
“Local government unit” means a county, municipality, or joint meeting, including any commission, authority, board, agency, or any other similar entity thereof.
“Program” means the Mobility and Transportation Innovation 2Pilot2 Program established pursuant to section 2 of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).
“Public transportation project” means the same as that term is defined in section 3 of P.L.1984, c.73 (C.27:1B-3).
“Transit agency” means any organization or entity, including for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations and independent authorities, that provides public transportation service.
2. a. There is established in the department the Mobility and Transportation Innovation 2Pilot2 Program to award grants to local government units and transit agencies to fund public transportation projects 2within Mercer County2 that utilize innovative technologies and strategies to enhance passenger mobility, increase access to public transportation among disadvantaged communities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
b. A local government unit or transit agency may use a program grant to support the provision of new transportation services, the expansion of existing transportation services, or the matching requirements for an otherwise eligible project that receives federal funding. To qualify for a program grant, the transportation project undertaken by the local government unit or transit agency shall:
(1) enable low-income persons, including persons without access to smartphone technology, to access any transportation services made available through the project;
(2) include accessibility features to accommodate the mobility needs of persons with disabilities;
(3) utilize innovative technologies or strategies that have already demonstrated success in similar transportation projects; and
(4) meet any other eligibility criteria established by the department.
c. Any local government unit or transit agency may submit an application to the commissioner for a program grant, provided that the application shall be submitted in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. In addition to any other information that the commissioner may deem appropriate, the application shall require the applicant to submit information:
(1) describing the transportation project, including the total anticipated costs of the project, all other sources of project funding, and the requested grant amount; and
(2) demonstrating that the transportation project meets the eligibility criteria for the program.
d. The commissioner shall approve applications for the program on a competitive basis, subject to the availability of funds. The commissioner may award grants to approved applicants in such amounts as the commissioner deems appropriate.
e. Within one year of the effective date of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), the department shall submit a written report to the Governor and to 2the2 Legislature, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), detailing the operations of the program. At a minimum, the report shall describe each project for which a program grant was awarded, specify the amount of each grant award, and assess the performance of the program.
3. The commissioner shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the provisions of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).
4. There is appropriated 1[$20] 2[$101] $22 million from the General Fund to the Department of Transportation to support the Mobility and Transportation Innovation 2Pilot2 Program established pursuant to section 2 of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).
5. This act shall take effect immediately.