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Blaming the Victim in South Jersey Pedestrian Fatalities

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

A look at pedestrian fatalities in Vineland, N.J., winds up blaming the victim when what’s needed are better road design and better land-use decision-making.

Memo to HR: Want to Attract Top Young Talent in New Jersey? Move to the Cities

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Some employers in New Jersey are realizing that its hard to attract top young talent in the suburbs.

New Jersey Dominates List of Top Public Transportation Cities

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Of Forbes’ list of top 10 cities for public transportation, five are in New Jersey, including the top city, Hoboken.

Governor Removes Funding for Transit Villages

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

After being restored to the budget that was passed by the Legislature last week, funding for the Department of Transportation’s Transit Village program was removed from the FY 2012 spending plan signed by Gov. Chris Christie on June 30.

Democrats’ Proposed Budget Includes Funding for Transit Village Program

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Democrats released a budget proposal on Monday that included $1 million for the Department of Transportation’s Transit Village program. Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal had eliminated funding for the program.

Poll Finds Majority Support for Land-Use Policies to Combat Climate Change

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

A week after New Jersey Future published an op-ed criticizing the state’s Energy Master Plan for ignoring transportation and land use, researchers at Yale have released a study showing broad public support land-use policies aimed at addressing climate change.

NJ Homebuilders Create Affiliate to Lobby for Multifamily Development

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In yet another sign that the real estate market is moving away from the typical suburban, single-family housing toward more compact, walkable development, the New Jersey Builders Association recently announced the formation of an affiliate organization to advocate specifically for multifamily housing issues.

Jersey City and Ridgewood Adopt Complete Streets Policies, Bringing Statewide Total to 13

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

When the state Department of Transportation adopted its Complete Streets policy in late 2009, it represented a significant step in the department’s ongoing effort to improve pedestrian safety, as well as a formal recognition that roads in New Jersey are meant for all users, not only drivers.

Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Spurs Development Interest in Newark

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Newark from the air. Photo credit flickr user Payton Chung.
Newark has a lot going for it these days. Aside from sitting at the confluence of some of the most valuable transportation infrastructure in the nation (I-95, Newark Liberty International Airport, Port Newark, the Northeast Rail Corridor), New Jersey’s largest city now hosts a popular arena […]

Many Roads in New Jersey are “Dangerous by Design” for Pedestrians

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

There have been 1,514 pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey between 2000 and 2009. The majority of these deaths occurred on suburban arterial roads where wide lanes and high speeds, along with little or no provision for pedestrians and bikers, create an inherent danger for anyone looking to get around without a car.

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