How and where we invest in our transportation infrastructure has a major impact on growth and development patterns in the state.
Expanding roads and highways often leads to low-density auto-oriented development in suburban and exurban areas, while investing in mass transit in already developed communities can lead to urban revitalization and redevelopment — as has happened, for example, along the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. In general, New Jersey Future supports the maintenance of existing infrastructure over expanding capacity (a policy known as fix-it-first), as well as an equitable distribution of funding between roads and alternative forms of transportation such as mass transit and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. New Jersey Future is also a strong supporter of “Complete Streets,” a policy that calls for accommodating all users, not just drivers, when designing a new road or retrofitting an old one.
The 23-cent gas tax increase is a good start toward sustainable transportation funding, but it will only benefit the state if we can allocate it to the right things.
National Infrastructure Week is May 16 thru 23, and offers a good reminder of the importance of investing in infrastructure: It benefits the community, and the economy, and the costs of not investing can be far higher.
At a recent presentation in New Jersey, Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn talked about how people, rather than cars, create community wealth, and how we benefit from prioritizing people in our planning.
Panelists at a Redevelopment Forum session on the proposed Gateway Tunnel project highlighted the much-needed new transit capacity across the Hudson River it will bring, allowing New Jersey residents greater access to jobs and boosting the region’s economic growth.
Mega-ships unloading at New Jersey ports will be a boon for the state, but we must be sure our port-related infrastructure is robust enough to handle the increased volume.
the ForwardNJ coalition offers priorities for Transportation Trust Fund. February 2015.
New Jersey Future joins with other policy and advocacy organizations in calling for a permanent fix for the state’s broke, and broken, Transportation Trust Fund. November 2014.
In this report, New Jersey Future and Smart Growth America analyzed per-capita road usage. The results show that places with the highest activity density have the lowest per-capita usage, suggesting per-capita road-maintenance costs can be reduced by even marginal increases in density. November 2015.
May 15, 2015 — NJ Transit has proposed to increase its fares an average of 9 percent, effective Oct. 1, 2015. This would be the first fare increase in five years; the last fare increase averaged 22 percent.
New Jersey has 243 transit facilities, ranging from small single-track stations to major multi-line hubs. The unique characteristics of each station, of its immediate neighborhood, and of its surrounding municipality mean that a wide variety of development strategies should be brought to bear in order to maximize each location’s potential. This report shows how data assembled by New Jersey Future can be used to make decisions on how to target various kinds of transit-oriented development efforts. September 2012.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- 06/18/2016: Statement on Transportation Trust Fund Fix Presented by Senate
- 05/21/2015: Proposed Fare Increases
- 05/15/2015: NJ Transit Fare Increase: An Unfair Approach to Transportation Funding
- Social Innovation and Smart Growth 9-13 (Intern Report)
- 10/01/2012 Final NJ_MAP-21_letter
- 06-15-2012: S2020 Fuels Spiral of Debt in New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- NJ Transit RFQ for Parking Concession 10-10
- Sheehan-Mans JOINT STATEMENT ON ARC TUNNEL
- Pocino statement on ARC 10 08 10
- ARC Information Sheet 9-10
- 04-03-2009 Letter to DEP re Global Warming Solutions Fund Rules
- 04-02-2009 Testimony re Proposed Cuts in NJ Transit Budget
- 10-04-2010 Testimony on Transportation Trust Fund ARC Tunnel
- 09-20-2010 Testimony on ARC Tunnel
- 03/30/2011: Testimony: Preserve Transit Villages in Transportation Capital Plan
- Monmouth University Poll
- ARC Support Letter to Christie 09-14-10
- Presentation: Re-Funding Transportation Trust Fund 05-11