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.
The New Jersey Conference on the Fourth Regional Plan highlighted issues of affordability, transportation, technology, access to opportunity, and climate change.
Princeton has earned the World Health Organization’s age-friendly communities designation, the first municipality in New Jersey to receive the honor.
New Jersey Future provided comments strongly supporting the state’s continued membership in the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as a way to generate funds for energy conservation and alternatives.
A Brookings Institution report and event, including live webcast, on the rise of innovation districts highlight their potential as economic-development tools. Such districts can serve as models for New Jersey at it seeks to attract economic growth.
Cities around the country are discovering that investments in transit bring economic benefits. New Jersey could take a lesson.
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.
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.
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.
Oct. 18, 2013 — One of the most difficult things successful political leaders must do is to make decisions on behalf of their constituents that might be politically unpopular in the short term, but help to secure a more stable future for generations to come. New Jersey’s current economic stagnation brings this challenge into sharp focus: How can we invest the state’s limited funds strategically in ways that respect immediate budget needs but make the state more prosperous and globally competitive for the long term?
Two plans, an innovative zoning code, a feasibility study and three projects are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2012 Smart Growth Awards. Joseph M. Taylor receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- 03/30/2011: Testimony: Preserve Transit Villages in Transportation Capital Plan
- Getting to Work 11-08
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development
- 04-02-2009 Testimony re Proposed Cuts in NJ Transit Budget
- 05/07/2009 Testimony on Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement