Welcome to Volume 4, Issue 3 of Transit-Friendly Development, a newsletter designed to keep municipal officials, planners and advocates up-to-date on the potential for development and redevelopment around transit stations. This joint effort between NJ TRANSIT and the Bloustein School’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University aims to enrich the transit-oriented development (TOD) conversation in New Jersey’s diverse communities by highlighting what is happening in the state and around the country: best practices, model programs, legislation and local problem-solving experiences.

In this issue, we discuss how transit-oriented development fits into the large sustainability equation. We also add to our highlight of communities that may benefit from the recently enacted Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit legislation and how demographic forces should sustain the marketability of residential TOD.

We hope local leaders and the public find these articles of value as all of us strive to create livable, sustainable and thriving communities. We always appreciate reader comments, so send us your comments, criticisms and ideas for future articles. We can be reached via email at: vtc@policy.rutgers.edu.

Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy!

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December 2008
Volume 4, Number 3
The Case for Sustainability
Through Transit-Oriented Development

In these uncertain times, it is important to remember that transit-oriented development can be a significant way to achieve our long-term sustainability goals of energy efficiency, infrastructure efficiency and economic vitality. We explore the public policy and personal benefits of development near transit.

Transit-Oriented Housing
Shelter in a Storm?

We are pleased to offer this guest article by Jeffrey Otteau, president of the Otteau Valuation Group, Inc. in which he provides evidence of the relative strengthin the near and longer termof the housing market in transit-rich locations.

What's Happening in NJ's Urban Hubs

In January, nine cities were named as locations for the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit. In this issue we take a look at these communities:

See our July 2008 issue for our profiles on Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson and Trenton. We plan to complete our examination of these communities by looking at Hoboken and Elizabeth in the next issue of the newsletter.

Recommended Reading

See our reviews of recent publications about TOD. In this issue we highlight articles which look at the issues of bus-supported TOD, walking distances and TODs impact on the environment.

For past reviews, see our online annotated bibliography. (more)

Tell Us What You Think!

Let us know what you liked and didn't like in this issue.

Send your comments, criticisms and ideas for future articles to: vtc@policy.rutgers.edu

  Previous Issues

In case you missed anything, you can delve into our archives to see previous issues. (more)