Transit Friendly Land Use
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, Land Use and Development Program (TFPLUD) 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 and transfer locations) are situated in a wide variety of settings throughout New Jersey, ranging from older downtowns to established suburban commuter towns and villages. Many of these municipalities are experiencing pressure to chase "rateables," resulting in disconnected sprawl development rather than integrated, sustainable growth that respects the existing community fabric and takes strategic advantage of the presence of established transit. To balance competing priorities and multiple objectives, 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. Not only is community revitalization a benefit to the state, but TOD also helps to reduce traffic congestion and improves air quality. Communities benefit as their passenger facilities and surrounding areas are revitalized, making them attractive places for people to live, work and socialize.
Transit-Friendly Planning, Land Use & Development Program
NJ TRANSIT is committed to assisting communities with planning for transit supportive land use and transit-oriented development at and surrounding our passenger transportation facilities. Since 1999, NJ TRANSIT's Transit-Friendly Planning, Land Use & Development (TFPLUD) 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 and surrounding existing or proposed transit facilities. By creating local "transit-friendly vision plans," NJ TRANSIT has successfully demonstrated 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. Municipalities that have received TFPLUD program assistance include: South Orange, Rutherford, Morristown, Trenton, Matawan, Hamilton, Secaucus (in conjunction with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission), Netcong, Cherry Hill, Dover, Galloway, Jersey City, Newark, Camden, Asbury Park, West Windsor, Somerville, the 13 River LINE light rail station communities, Orange, East Orange, Toms River, Woodbridge, Springfield, Perth Amboy, Bloomfield, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Verona, Kingwood, Maplewood, Passaic, Paterson, Neptune, Bradley Beach, Hoboken, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Raritan, Readington, Flemington and Fair Lawn.
Planning for Transit-Friendly Land Use: A Handbook for New Jersey Communities
In 1994, NJ TRANSIT created a handbook specifically designed to assist elected and appointed planning officials, members of planning and zoning boards, technical planning staff members and consultants, community representatives and individual citizens interested in improving the relationship between land use planning and transit. The handbook is a tool 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. Transit-friendly planning is smart growth at its best because it can be used to create an environment around a transit station that supports pedestrian and transit use by providing for a mix of land uses in a safe, clean, vibrant and active place.
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. Created in collaboration, with Bloustein School's Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University, njtod.org keeps elected and appointed municipal officials, state agencies, planners, developers and advocates up to date on the potential for development and redevelopment around train stations, bus terminals, light rail stations, ferry terminals and multi-modal transit hubs throughout New Jersey. NJTOD.org
New Jersey's Land Use + Transit Data Application Tool (NJLUTRANS.org)
In collaboration with Bloustein School's Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University, NJ TRANSIT has created a new 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. The data available in the application are useful to elected officials, community and economic development professionals, real estate developers, land use planners, transit service planners, and others engaged in the land use and transportation planning process. NJLUTRANS.org
For more information on Transit Friendly Land Use, please contact:
Megan Massey, PP, AICP, Assistant Director
Transit-Friendly Land Use & Development
1 Penn Plaza East, 8th Floor
Newark, NJ 07105-2246
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. The Transit Village Initiative brings together key state agencies (e.g., New Jersey Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Office of Planning Advocacy in the NJ Business Action Center, Council on Affordable Housing, Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, etc.) in support of local efforts to "grow smart" and reinforce the principles of the State Development & Redevelopment Plan. Designated "New Jersey Transit Villages" include Belmar, Bloomfield, Bound Brook, Burlington, Collingswood, Cranford, Elizabeth, Jersey City (Journal Square), Linden, Matawan, Metuchen, Montclair, Morristown, Netcong, New Brunswick, Orange, Pleasantville, Rahway, Riverside, Rutherford, South Amboy, Somerville, South Orange, West Windsor, East Orange, Dunellen, Summit, Plainfield, Irvington, Park Ridge, Hackensack, Long Branch and Asbury Park.
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 host community.