This is the first in a series of articles from our friends at NJ Spotlight laying out the critical policy challenges that the next governor and Legislature will face, as well as their positions on these issues.
Unless we focus on difficult, long-term issues, we risk making New Jersey less competitive and hindering our future growth and prosperity.
A new report examines a range of technology-driven innovations that have the potential to disrupt the traditional processes of planning and development.
The billions needed to upgrade New Jersey’s infrastructure will climb even higher in wake of Hurricane Sandy.
During National Walk and Bike to School month, we look at some compelling reasons to make it easier for schoolchildren to walk or bike to school – most notably increased physical activity and reduced traffic. The new federal transportation legislation includes funding for cycling and walking programs and infrastructure, but also enough flexibility that those funds might get diverted for other uses. We urge the New Jersey state DOT to keep bicycle and pedestrian funding, and we encourage the development of more communities where housing and schools are within walking distance of each other.
It is critical to New Jersey’s prosperity to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system, and the state must find stable, sustainable funding for it from sources other than debt.
The cancellation of the ARC Tunnel does not mean the purchase of dual-mode locomotives is now unnecessary. These locomotives can still provide one-seat rides to many commuters.
New data show that more New Jersey commuters are relying on transit to get to work, and that, even with the decentralization of employment, there has been no increase in the percentage of solo drivers.
New Jersey Future’s comments recommend some needed revisions to the draft State Strategic Plan to ensure that it will improve the state’s economy, its environment, and its communities.
NJDOT’s capital program for 2012 proposes to fund the Transit Village program and the Safe Streets to Transit program. It’s important that both proposals make it into the final budget.