NJDOT celebrates Earth
Delaware Bayshore Trail
The New Jersey Audubon Society is one
of NJDOT's newest partners.
In celebration of Earth Day, we presented
$409,000 to the Society to fund the Delaware
Bayshore Birding and Wildlife Trail that
will extend along the Delaware Bay in
Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties.
The grant is a cooperative effort between
state agencies, officials and residents
of these three counties to fund the first
such trail in the Northeast using existing
roads, bike paths and public transit routes
to connect wildlife viewing areas. The
money will be used to construct the trails
and to publish maps and informational
booklets about the trail and nearby accommodations.
Known as a mecca for birdwatching, the
area has annual impressive gatherings
of snow geese and wintering raptors, migrating
shore birds, songbirds and purple martins.
Thanks to this grant, they will be enjoyed
and appreciated in their natural habitat
by many more people.
Last year more than 1.6 million residents
and nearly 700,000 out of state visitors
actively watched wildlife in New Jersey.
The money that wildlife watchers spent
in our state increased from about $864
million in 1996 to over $1.24 billion
in 2001. NJDOT's modest grant to the New
Jersey Audubon Society will enhance this
major ecotourism effort and spur important
economic activity in southern New Jersey.
Transportation is the physical link that
connects these trails; it is the figurative
link that provides for increased economic
Nationally, 46 million Americans are
engaged in birdwatching and generate $85
billion in overall economic output. This
is directly responsible for 863,000 jobs
The NJDOT is committed to partnering
with agencies and organizations to foster
this type of ecotourism activity in New
Hybrid buses and ozone
NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George
Warrington and I rolled out two new hybrid
buses that will serve customers in Bergen,
Essex and Mercer counties.
The Newark event also launched the OzonePass
Program that offers many New Jersey employees
a discounted commute on days when high
levels of ozone pollution are predicted.
Offering discounted tickets to use during
high-ozone days, coupled with NJ TRANSIT's
plan to reduce particulate emissions on
buses, are two key initiatives being undertaken
to meet Governor James E. McGreevey's
new clean air initiative.
Between new bus purchases and modifications
to NJ TRANSIT's existing fleet, particulate
emissions have dropped by 77 percent over
the last 10 years.
NJ TRANSIT was the first commuter system
to introduce the OzonePass concept in
1999. Last year, 21 organizations bought
5,960 OzonePass tickets. OzonePass is
sold in bulk quantities to New Jersey
employers who will either sell or give
the passes to the employees.
The day before unhealthy ozone pollution
levels are predicted, employers will be
alerted by fax or e-mail. The employers
will then notify their employees who can
use the OzonePass to commute on NJ TRANSIT
instead of driving to work and contributing
to the anticipated unhealthy pollution
OzonePass is available to members of
the New Jersey Ozone Action Partnership,
an organization of more than 500 businesses
and organizations. As a partner, employers
can purchase a limited number of passes
at the start of the ozone season. To register,
employers should call (973) 491-7600 or
send an email to email@example.com.