Public transportation is a critical component of smart growth. By allowing people to travel without a car, transit supports vibrant, walkable communities that are designed for people, not cars.
New Jersey is fortunate to have one of the most extensive transit systems in the country, including commuter rail, buses, light rail, subways and ferries. That network helps power the state’s economy by giving millions access to jobs, goods and services, while also helping reduce auto congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation
Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.
A new report analyzes the question of housing affordability for New Jersey’s older residents, and finds barriers in two types of communities.
The surgeon general’s call for more walking, and acknowledgement that not all communities are designed to foster walking, is a welcome recognition of the importance of smart-growth design.
A report from a studio class at the Bloustein School examines Somerset County’s opportunities to attract Millennials.
The state’s 29th and 30th Transit Villages have been designated, including the second one anchored by a bus terminal.
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.
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.
There is a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared to accommodate them. This report matches every municipality against four age-friendliness indicators, and analyzes the degree to which New Jersey’s older residents are living in places that, from a land-use perspective, are not prepared to accommodate their changing needs. January 2014.
Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.
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
- 05/21/2015: Proposed Fare Increases
- 05/15/2015: NJ Transit Fare Increase: An Unfair Approach to Transportation Funding
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 05/07/2009 Testimony on Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act
- 04-02-2009 Testimony re Proposed Cuts in NJ Transit Budget
- 03/30/2011: Testimony: Preserve Transit Villages in Transportation Capital Plan
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development
- Getting to Work 11-08