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Archive for September, 2011

Menendez Focuses on TOD Funding in Updated Livable Communities Act

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Sen. Menendez introduces an updated Livable Communities Act, including funding to spark private investment in transit-oriented development.

Summit Moves Toward Transit Village Designation, Future of Program Remains Uncertain

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The city of Summit’s planning board voted unanimously in favor of seeking Transit Village status with the NJ Department of Transportation, but the initiative could fall short should the DOT fail to commit to the Transit Village program this year.

We Work Close to Home … But We Drive There

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The recently released American Community Survey gives us the first look in 10 years at commuting data at the county and local level. New Jersey is still a national leader in transit ridership, thanks primarily to its transit system’s orientation toward the major employment hubs of New York City and Philadelphia. Unfortunately, this leaves most in-state workers with driving as their only option, although Hudson and Essex counties provide examples of what can happen when we think about improving access to our homegrown centers.

On Balance, New Legislative Effort Keeps Urban Transit Hub Incentives Intact

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Should a new bill that uses funds originally allocated to the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program raise a red flag for smart growth and transit advocates?

Join us in Supporting the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

New Jersey Future contacted U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg today, seeking their support to maintain funding for the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Incomplete Report Card for Complete Streets

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In an attempt to enhance safety and make roads more accommodating to bicyclists and pedestrians, the state Department of Transportation adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2009. This policy directs the department to design new roads and retrofit old ones to accommodate all users, not just drivers.

Zero-Vehicle Households and Transit

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The metropolitan areas with the greatest numbers of zero-vehicle households are also among those doing the best job of serving the car-less population, the majority of which is lower-income households. However, the high rate of co-location of zero-vehicle households with public transportation illustrates the painful irony of encouraging lower-income car-less households to live near transit while jobs are migrating away from transit on the other end.

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