Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Transit Issues

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.

Research and Publications
09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation

09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation

Future Facts
Targeting Transit
What Can 23 Cents Buy?

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.

NJ Spotlight on Cities Looks Toward an Urban Agenda for New Jersey

The second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities conference explores a variety of topics relevant to developing an integrated urban agenda for New Jersey.

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Smart Growth Award-Winner Wesmont Station Opens

Ten years after winning a Smart Growth Award, and long after its associated residential development was completed, NJ Transit’s new Wesmont Station has finally opened.

Infrastructure Matters

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.

New housing near a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of NJTPA.
Demand for Transit Neighborhoods on the Rise

Since the Great Recession, the growth rate in New Jersey’s transit-oriented areas has outstripped the growth rate in exurban areas and in the state overall, according to an analysis of new Census data.

Articles and Stories
New Jersey Groups Call for a Permanent Fix for the State’s Transportation Fund

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.

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NJ Transit Fare Increase Is An Unfair Approach to Transportation Funding

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.

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Condominiums and Artists Spaces in an Old Hat Factory

2016 Smart Growth Awards: The F. Berg Hat Factory Complex in Orange will be redeveloped into residences and artists spaces, and will serve as an anchor to the Valley Arts District.

Places To Age
Creating Places To Age in New Jersey

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.

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Smart Growth Awards 2015 Call for Nominations

Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.

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