Glossary

Project Stakeholders

A project stakeholder is any individual or business that has interest in the study or the project. Stakeholders for the Local Concept Development Study include but are not limited to: local residents, Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority, United States Postal Service, Ocean County, NJDOT, NJTA, and any person that frequents Toms River’s Downtown.

Environmental Justice (EJ)

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.

FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports state and local governments in the design, construction and maintenance of the nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to state and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.

LCD

Local Concept Development is the first phase in USDOT’s BUILD Grant Project Delivery Process. This Phase involves drafting a well-defined and well-justified Purpose and Need Statement focusing on the primary transportation need to be addressed.

Local Officials

Local Officials for the Local Concept Development Study include: mayors; freeholders; administrators; township engineer; first responders such as emergency medical technicians, police officers and fire fighters; and representatives from the local school district.

Ocean County

Ocean County is located along the coast of New Jersey and is 50 miles east of Philadelphia and 70 miles south of New York City. It is New Jersey’s sixth largest county.

MPO

Metropolitan Planning Organizations represent localities in all urbanized areas with populations over 50,000 and are required by the federal government to conduct transportation planning and allocate federal transportation funding to address regional needs.

NEPA

The National Environmental Policy Act was signed into law on January 1, 1970, and requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions.

NJDEP

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is a government agency that manages natural resources and solves pollution problems in the State of New Jersey.

NJDOT

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining and operating New Jersey State’s highway and public road system, planning and developing transportation policy and assisting with rail, freight and intermodal transportation issues.

NJTA

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is a government agency responsible for maintaining the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

NJTPA

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority is the federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization for the 13-county northern New Jersey region and includes the cities of Newark and Jersey City. Each year, they oversee over $2 billion in transportation improvement projects and provide a forum for interagency cooperation and public input.

Project Team

The project team is composed of members representing Ocean County, Toms River Township, and Urban Engineers.

SHPO

A State Historic Preservation Office is a state governmental function created by the United States federal government in 1966 under Section 101 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) that administers a variety of programs that offer protection for historic properties. Responsibilities include surveying and recognizing historic properties, reviewing nominations for properties to be included in the National Register of Historic Places, reviewing undertakings for the impact on the properties as well as supporting federal organizations, state and local governments and private sector.

Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based upon race, color and national origin.

USDOT

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is a federal department of the US government concerned with transportation. Established by an act of Congress in 1966, the USDOT’s mission is to ensure our Nation has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world, which improves the quality of life for all American people and communities, from rural to urban, and increases the productivity and competitiveness of American workers and businesses.

BUILD Grant

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program, provides federal funds for state DOTs to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Since 2009, the Program has provided a combined $7.9 billion to 609 projects in all 50 states.

Update

The Toms River Waterfront and Surrounding Area Local Concept Development phase of the project has concluded. This website will serve to document the process, materials, and results of the aforementioned phase of the project.

STAY TUNED --

A new project website is currently under construction to provide up-to-date information on the next phases of the Toms River Downtown Loop Road project. The next phases of the project were initiated at the conclusion of the previous phase of the project.

Sincerely,

Toms River Township

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