PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
October 18, 2011

Contact:
Matthew Norris - (732) 672-6296
Janna Chernetz - (212) 268-7474, (609) 271-0778

Statement on NJDOT's Safety Improvements in Atlantic County and Support for Complete Streets

Statement from Kate Slevin, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, in response to NJDOT's announcement that it will add sidewalks to part of the Black Horse Pike in Atlantic County and has issued recommendations for Route 40/322 in Egg Harbor and Pleasantville:

"This is a great first step that should make it safer to walk along one of the most dangerous roads in New Jersey. Atlantic County residents know well the hazards of the Black Horse Pike, which is why Tri-State Transportation Campaign, AARP New Jersey, and many local residents came together to perform a safety audit of the road this summer. Commissioner Simpson pledged to personally inspect the road, and we're glad to see that he has followed through on his promise.

"It's also great news to hear the commissioner's strong support for NJDOT's Complete Streets policy, and his commitment to improve other dangerous corridors throughout the state. We couldn't agree more that, to use his words, 'a Complete Streets policy is a necessity' that promotes safety and healthy lifestyles, and also saves taxpayer dollars."

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.