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
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.
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.
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.
Urban innovator, author and transportation expert Gabe Klein urged attendees at the Redevelopment Forum to re-think how they plan for people to move — and to stay in one place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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