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
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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
The March Toward Walkable Urbanism Continues

New Census municipal population estimates confirm a continuation of the trend toward places with mixed-use centers and a dense local street grid, and in particular toward towns with access to rail transit.

Opportunity Zones Take Another Step Forward

New Jersey’s proposal to designate 169 Census tracts as Opportunity Zones has been approved. Analysis shows they represent the kinds of places where the state would like to direct growth, and where targeted investment can catalyze economic revitalization.

A Competition Over Placemaking

Speakers at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum plenary session discussed how to capitalize on national trends affecting redevelopment, and things New Jersey can do to foster revitalization of communities of all sizes. The key, they all said, is placemaking.

Making New Jersey’s Communities More Aging-Friendly

Speakers at a New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum session on making the state’s communities more aging-friendly highlighted the need for a greater range of housing options, and more places where all the amenities older residents need are within easy, walkable reach.

Millennials: What Do They Want?

The Millennial Town Hall at the Redevelopment Forum looked at some of the key issues keeping Millennials from starting their careers in New Jersey, including access to transportation options besides cars, and to housing they can afford.

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.

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.

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.

Targeting Transit: Assessing Development Opportunities Around New Jersey’s Transit Stations

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.

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