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SJTA Community Shuttles Expand Access to South Jersey Employers Shuttle Routes Funded in Part by Transportation Plus Grant

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2)
(VINELAND, NJ – March 20, 2018) – Over the past five years the public transportation network of South Jersey has quietly been expanding. South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) began service on three shuttle bus routes – the English Creek-Tilton Road, Rt. 54/40 and Pureland East-West Community Shuttles. These routes have filled gaps in the public transit network, providing underserved communities with reliable transportation to work.
SJTA plans the service to be efficient and flexible, responding to the shifting needs of the community. The shuttles handle approximately 6,000 passenger trips each month. Fares are kept low, providing an economical means of transportation for lower income residents and others who may not have access to a car. Shuttle services connect to NJ TRANSIT bus or rail service, expanding employment access throughout the South Jersey region. Free transfers between the shuttles and NJ TRANSIT services are provided.
All three community shuttles were planned and developed through a private/public partnership that included SJTA, NJ TRANSIT, Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association, United Way of Gloucester County, local social service providers and community groups, as well as Atlantic County and Gloucester County governments. They were brought together by the Pascale Sykes Foundation, a private foundation that supports initiatives that assist lower income working families. The Pascale Sykes Foundation recognized that access to reliable transportation is often a significant barrier to stable employment and economic opportunity for working families in a car-dependent environment like South Jersey. The shuttle services are funded through grants from the Pascale Sykes Foundation and NJ TRANSIT.
The English Creek-Tilton Road Community Shuttle began operation in October 2012. It serves over 5,000 households and 400 businesses in Northfield and Egg Harbor Township, including the AtlantiCare Health Park. The route recently expanded to include the newly constructed Oak Tree Plaza in Egg Harbor Township. This 35-acre retail center promises to bring over 400 jobs to the community and features a Walmart Supercenter. The shuttle also connects to NJ TRANSIT’s 502, 507, and 509 bus service, providing access to destinations throughout Atlantic County. Service is Monday through Saturday and costs $1 per ride.
The Pureland East-West Shuttle began operation in May 2015. In addition to the Pureland Industrial Complex, a 3,000-acre planned industrial park in Logan Township, the shuttle provides access to other sizable employers, such as Rowan University, Eastern Pro-Pak and Liscio’s Bakery in Glassboro. The Pureland Shuttle connects with 11 NJ TRANSIT buses spreading access to the wider region. Due to the size of Pureland, an “internal circulator” bus provides demand responsive service to get employees that last mile between work and the bus stop located just outside the complex. Riders simply tell the bus driver where they need to go and the driver develops an efficient route on the y, rather than travelling along a circuitous pre-planned route. This flexibility is a must when serving a unique complex such as Pureland, where shift times are variable and job locations disperse. An estimated 40% of Pureland East-West ridership utilize the internal circulator as well. The service operates Monday through Friday and is $1 per ride.
The Route 54/40 Community Shuttle began service in January 2016. The shuttle serves the communities of Buena Vista, Collings Lakes, Folsom Borough, Hammonton, Landisville, Minotola, Newtonville, and Richland. Ridership has steadily grown, doubling between 2016 and 2017. The shuttle service connects to NJ TRANSIT’s 553 and 554 bus routes and AC Rail service. The Rt. 54/40 Community Shuttle operates Monday through Friday and is free, benefitting some of the county’s lower income communities that previously had limited or no public transit options.
More information regarding the shuttles can be found at Cross County Connection’s website You can also contact Cross County Connection TMA at 856-596-8228 to inquire as to how these shuttles, public transit or options such as carpooling and vanpooling can help your company reliably get your employees to work. Cross County Connection can also provide trip planning assistance for employees on any shuttle or public transit service in the region. They are eager to help!

Sweeney asiste a la Gala Anual de Premios de la Herencia Hispana de P.R.A.C

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Habla sobre el importante aporte de la comunidad Hispana en el estado

TRENTON – Durante la gala anual 46ª de Premios de la Herencia Hispana, organizada por el Comité de Acción de Puerto Rico del sur de Nueva Jersey (P.R.A.C., por sus siglas en inglés), el Presidente del Senado Steve Sweeney enfatizó la importancia de las contribuciones y el significativo papel que juega la comunidad hispana en el estado.

"Como uno de los estados más diversos del país, Nueva Jersey se ha beneficiado enormemente de las contribuciones de la comunidad Hispana", dijo el Senador Sweeney. "El Mes de la Herencia Hispana celebra y destaca los logros y las contribuciones de los Latinos que han ayudado a moldear nuestro estado y nuestra nación. Al marcar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana me complace honrar y reconocer los esfuerzos de los líderes Latinos en nuestra comunidad”.

"Por tanto, quiero agradecer a Ralph Padilla por su liderazgo en el importante trabajo que realiza el Comité de Acción de Puerto Rico en la comunidad", dijo Sweeney. "El arduo trabajo y la dedicación de Ralph han contribuido al éxito de una organización que viene ayudando a tantas personas en nuestra región. Todos estamos agradecidos por el trabajo que él y su equipo hacen todos los días para ayudar a los residentes del sur de Nueva Jersey”.

"Agradezco al Senador Sweeney por su incansable y continuo compromiso con la comunidad Latina en el sur de Nueva Jersey y en todo el estado", dijo Padilla, director ejecutivo de P.R.A.C. "Ya sea que esté luchando por los fondos de educación, la expansión de los programas preescolares o por los fondos para los más necesitados, el Senador Sweeney es un socio leal en nuestra comunidad y un campeón que habla por quienes no tienen voz. Espero continuar con nuestro esfuerzo para mejorar la calidad de vida de la comunidad Hispana y de todos los residentes del sur de Nueva Jersey”.

P.R.A.C. del sur de Nueva Jersey fue organizada en 1971 por un grupo de Trabajadores Agrícolas del Condado de Salem con el propósito de promover y mejorar las oportunidades sociales, económicas, culturales y educativas para la población Hispana. La organización ha desarrollado un Centro comunitario que sirve como punto clave para las actividades de la comunidad.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)
PRAC of Southern N.J.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness
PRAC of Southern NJ Latina Breast Cancer Awareness is specifically tailored to serve Hispanic women ages 50-74 that are economically disadvantaged, medically underserved and reside in areas of Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties.  
PRAC will utilize bilingual Spanish speaking staff to ensure cultural and linguistic competence in the delivery of outreach, education, transportation, and patient navigation services provided by PRAC.  PRAC will provide free transportation and translation for participants obtaining breast cancer health. PRAC will be collaborating with NJCEED sites in Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester County to make all initial screening referrals. 
PRAC’S goal will be to increase breast health awareness, increase attendance at educational sessions, increase access to breast health services through transportation, and increase breast screenings by Latinas ages 50-74, whom are economically disadvantaged and medically underserved across the counties. 
Salem and Cumberland counties are in particular need to improve breast health for women in the area due to high death rates, low screening rates, a low five-year survival rates.  The negative data trends in these counties for breast health are due to a range of factors which include, most residents live in rural and medically underserved areas; resident have lower education and income levels with Cumberland county being the poorest county in the service area, significantly higher unemployment, and high concentrations of Hispanic/Latina women. Breast cancer screening for women ages 50-74 is notably low and is significantly concerning due to high concentration of women 65 and older in Salem County in particular. Language barriers and rural areas with very limited access to healthcare facilities for breast cancer are major roadblocks to improving women’s breast health in these counties. Like Atlantic and Gloucester counties, access to health resources is confined to urban centers of both counties.  In many circumstances, residents must travel outside of these counties to certain levels of breast health services.
Ralph Padilla, C.E.O. of PRAC of Southern N.J. stated “we are excited to partner with Susan G. Komen to deliver services to the Hispanic community in Southern N.J. This joint effort will assist with breaking down barriers within the Hispanic community to address such an important health issue within our community.”
In 2015, about 19,800 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed among Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S. 
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic/Latina women.  In 2015, an estimated 2,800 Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S died from breast cancer.
Breast cancer screening
Screening mammography rates among Hispanic/Latina women are somewhat lower than rates among non-Hispanic white, African-American and Asian-American women.
Hispanic/Latina women tend to be diagnosed with later stage breast cancers than non-Hispanic white women. This may be due to lower mammography rates as well as delays in follow-up after an abnormal mammogram.
In 2016, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be:
246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.)
61,000 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Of those, about 83 percent will be DCIS. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer.  Learn more about ⦁ DCIS and ⦁ LCIS.)
40,450 breast cancer deaths

Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey has announced it has recently granted $757,108 to fund ten community programs that will provide thousands of women and men with access to life-saving breast health education and screening through March of next year. Spread throughout the Affiliate’s 13-county service area, the programs will reach over 10,000 individuals with breast health education and will provide mammography screening to over 4,000. In addition to providing mammography screening, programs provide patient navigation services, transportation assistance, and/ funding for additional out‐of-pocket expenses, such as ultrasounds and biopsies.
The programs primarily target low-income, uninsured individuals who do not have access to vital health care services. The goal is to connect patients with services throughout the entire continuum of breast cancer care. Many programs target minorities in addition to other unique populations including migrant outreach workers, those with mental illness, and those who are traditionally difficult to motivate to obtain routine medical care. Through the Community Grants program, the Affiliate aims to fund the strongest programs that have potential for achieving the biggest impact by delivering the best outcomes in the most cost-effective manner possible.
“Komen Central and South Jersey’s community grants help provide a safety-net for women in our service area, allowing the funded organizations to deliver breast health services to the most vulnerable populations in our state,” said Sally Sheperdson, Executive Director of Komen Central and South Jersey. “The need is great in our community and we are thrilled to partner with our community grant programs to help provide vital breast health services to those most in need.”
The funds that support the Community Grants program are raised through the efforts of community supporters throughout the Affiliate’s 13-county service area participating in Komen’s annual special events and fundraisers, like the Race for the Cure®. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays in Central and South Jersey to fund local breast health programs and the remaining 25 percent helps fund international breast cancer research.
The following programs were selected for Komen Central and South Jersey’s 2016-17 Community Grants cycle by an independent volunteer grant review panel made up of public health experts, nonprofit leaders, and breast cancer survivors:
 2016-2017 Komen Grant Recipients
AMI Foundation
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Clark Family Breast Cancer Services, Inc.
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
Meridian Health System
Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey
Puerto Rican Unity for Progress
For more details about Komen Central and South Jersey’s grant recipients visit or call 609-896-1201.
Breast Cancer Awareness Press Conference & Interview Opportunities:
We will have a kick off photo on Friday July 22, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Which will be held at WMIZ 1270 located 632 Maurice River Parkway Vineland, N.J.
We have joined together to bring awareness on breast cancer and the importance of mammograms. The mammogram van will be at the Puerto Rican Festival at Landis Park in the City of Vineland on July 25 and July 29 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For staff interview at the sight please contact 856-982-6004.