November 2005 - Volume 1, Number 2

Why a Newsletter on Transit-Friendly Development?

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition across America that transit — and the coordination of development around transit — plays a key role in the creation and maintenance of livable and sustainable communities. In New Jersey, leaders at the state and local levels have acknowledged the potential of transit-oriented development (TOD) to revitalize or reinforce communities. Spearheaded by the award winning Transit-Friendly Communities Program (NJ TRANSIT), the New Jersey Transit Village Initiative (NJDOT), and generous planning assistance grants provided by the state's Office of Smart Growth, there is strong evidence that New Jersey is clearly on the cutting edge of TOD planning and implementation in the United States.

Created by NJ TRANSIT and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University, this newsletter intends to build upon this considerable momentum. In feature articles, news updates, and suggested readings, Transit-Friendly Development will lead and inform the TOD conversation in New Jersey's diverse communities by spreading the word about best practices, model programs, legislation, and the key issues that affect TOD's acceptance at the local level. More broadly, Transit-Friendly Development will provide a medium where county leaders, municipal decision-makers, and the public at-large can learn how to create livable, sustainable, and thriving places — and discover why such places are vitally important to New Jersey as it moves ahead into the 21st century.

We received many helpful comments and suggestions on Issue 1 of the newsletter. Please continue to help improve the newsletter by letting us know what you would like to see in future issues. At the bottom of each article you will find a link to a short survey. Please take a minute to give us your opinions! Thank you, and we hope you enjoy our second issue.

 

Please don't forget to fill out a short survey located on the bottom of this newsletter's front page!