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Long Branch Looks To Add Bike Paths, Railroad Crossing At Transit Village

LONG BRANCH: Officials are trying to acquire two grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) that would help improve the city's Transit Village area.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation approved the city's application for a transit village designation last year. This designation will allow Long Branch to redevelop areas surrounding Monmouth Medical Center, the train station and along the waterfront

Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes said this designation has allowed the city to apply for the grants that would help pay for the design and installation of bike paths and a "grade crossing" at Morris Avenue so pedestrians could cross the tracks near the Long Branch Train Station.

"We're trying to maximize the use of the Transit Village designation," Hayes said.

The bike paths are part of the city's Master Plan for the area, and would include a loop from the station to the city's beaches, which are a short distance away.

Hayes said the city has been pursuing the installation of the grade crossing for years from NJ Transit, but has been unsuccessful. He said he is hopeful that NJDOT will be able to assist the city through the grant program. The crossing could either be at street level, a tunnel underneath the tracks or a bridge over the railway.

The city will likely hear if it has received either of the two grants before the end of the year.

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