Transit Friendly Planning
Transit-friendly planning is a transit-centric form of smart growth as it is used to create an environment around a transit station that supports pedestrian and transit use by facilitating a mix of land uses in a safe, clean, vibrant, and active place.
NJ TRANSIT has pledged a strong commitment to working with New Jersey communities to support and implement Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). NJ TRANSIT's Transit Friendly Planning (TFP) Program encourages growth and development where public transportation already exists. NJ TRANSIT's network of passenger facilities (train stations, bus terminals, light rail stations, bus stops) are situated in a wide variety of settings throughout New Jersey, ranging from older downtowns to established suburban commuter towns and villages. Municipalities can create and implement sensitive, community-based plans to guide growth in a comprehensive manner, especially in areas where the presence of transit can help stimulate new development opportunities.
What is the Transit-Friendly Planning (TFP) Program?
- A program dedicated to NJ TRANSIT’s commitment to assisting communities with planning for transit supportive land use and transit-oriented development surrounding NJT passenger transportation facilities.
- Since 1999, the Program has provided planning assistance to interested communities through on-call consultants with expertise in transportation planning, urban design, market analysis, economic development, downtown revitalization, parking and community engagement.
- The result has been the creation of countless consensus-based, transit supportive land use "vision plans" that communities are using to guide development and redevelopment at existing or proposed transit facilities.
- Local "transit-friendly vision plans," has allowed NJ TRANSIT to successfully demonstrate how statewide transportation investments can enhance the environment, create strong community centers, encourage private reinvestment in the local economy and improve the quality of life.
Benefits of Transit Friendly Planning
- Community revitalization
- Local economic development
- Reduced traffic congestion
- Increased bicycle and pedestrian safety
- Improved air quality
Municipalities that have received TFP Program Assistance
- South Orange
- Cherry Hill
- Jersey City
- Asbury Park
- West Windsor
- East Orange
- Toms River
- Perth Amboy
- Glen Ridge
- Bradley Beach
- Fair Lawn
- the 13 River LINE light rail station communities
- Secaucus (in conjunction with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission)
Transit Friendly Planning Resources
Planning for Transit-Friendly Land Use: A Handbook for New Jersey Communities
In 1994, NJ TRANSIT created the handbook, commonly referred to as the Pink Book, to assist users interested in improving the relationship between land use planning and transit. The handbook is a tool that communities can use to create and implement transit-friendly land use plans around their transit stations, along their major transit corridors and for proposed new areas of development. The handbook was designed for users including, but not limited to:
- Elected and appointed planning officials
- Members of planning and zoning boards
- Technical planning staff members and consultants
- Community representatives, advocates and individual citizens
Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter (NJTOD.org)
For the most up-to-date information on Transit-Friendly Land Use in New Jersey, the region, the country and around the world, please visit our TOD website and newsletter.
New Jersey's Land Use + Transit Data Application Tool (NJLUTRANS.org)
NJ TRANSIT in collaboration with Bloustein School's Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University, has created a data application tool that allows users to map, report, and download a range of land use, travel, public transit, demographic, and real estate development data.
Transit Friendly Planning Contacts
Megan Massey, PP, AICP, Assistant Director
Transit Friendly Planning
Michael Swan, Facilities Planner
Transit Friendly Planning
Transit Village Initiative
New Jersey's Transit Village Initiative was created by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ TRANSIT to acknowledge the existence of transit-friendly, smart growth land use practices in designated municipalities that allow for mixed-use development (with a strong residential component) to occur within a quarter-mile to half-mile radius around rail or bus passenger facilities. A municipality is designated a Transit Village only after much of the visioning, planning and background work have already been completed on the municipal level, and only when it is poised for redevelopment to begin.
Real Estate and Economic Development
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an ongoing endeavor (spearheaded by NJ TRANSIT's Real Estate & Economic Development unit) to competitively solicit mixed-use, transit-supportive development on targeted, NJ TRANSIT-owned properties proximate to rail, light rail, bus or ferry passenger facilities. Goals include creating a non-farebox revenue stream to NJ TRANSIT, expanding commuter parking (where needed or appropriate), creating an economic return to the host municipality (tax ratable) and enhancing the vibrancy and "sense of place" of the transportation facility, particularly as it relates to the economic development of the community.