Main Street Phase 1 Reimbursement Grant Award
TOWN OF BOONTON, NJ (9/18/2017) - The Town of Boonton has been awarded a $1 million phase 1 reimbursement grant of Federal dollars that will help increase pedestrian safety, improve lighting and enhance the overall economy of its prized historic Main Street. The announcement came at the September 18th Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting at which NJ State Senator Anthony Bucco presented a check.
Support for Boonton’s grant came not only from the state but also from a committee of volunteers that helped with conceptual development of the grant, Boonton emergency services, Town boards and commissions, more than 500 petition signatures and letters of support from businesses, the county, and representatives from the federal house and senate. “I think we all agree that the opportunity for Boonton to improve the safety of our citizens and invest in our local economy, all while spending as little of our own tax dollars as possible, benefits us all.” said Mayor Matthew DiLauri. “The inadequate Main Street lighting, coupled with other needed improvements are the kinds of expensive capital projects we might never see without this amount of grant funding. Besides, other Morris County municipalities are already in second and third phases of this grant, so we’re glad Boonton is finally getting the dollars its residents and business community deserve.” Mayor DiLauri added.
About the Grant
The federally funded Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) is administered by the NJDOT in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). The program provides funding for non-traditional transportation projects developed at the local level to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy and improve quality of life. Ward 4 Boonton Alderman and Economic Development Chair Jim Lynch has simultaneously been working with the NJTPA on an active Boonton Transit Village Study which he helped secure. “Beginning with my first NJ Transit contact back in 2014, I've been convinced that Transit Village Designation would be beneficial and lucrative for the Town of Boonton. Since then we’ve been the recipient of three different planning awards providing thousands of dollars of professional services to map out Boonton's future and now $1m for physical improvements to our Main Street corridor. . .none of which would have been possible without the support of NJ Transit and the NJTPA.” said Alderman Lynch.
According to NJDOT Commissioner Richard Hammer, the Transportation Alternative Program has proven to be very popular and extremely competitive. This year, 133 applications were received totaling more than $100 million in requested dollars. The Town of Boonton was one of only 37 projects awarded dollars and received the highest amount second only to Paterson which received $1.2 million, according to the NJDOT’s TAP website.
“This is a great investment in Boonton’s Main Street which is an economic center for us and many of our surrounding municipalities.” Mayor DiLauri said. “Congratulations to us all!”