Welcome to Volume 8, Issue 1 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.

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:

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Changes Afoot for the Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter

To Our Readers: After eight years of publication, the Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter is moving to a new home. (more)

TOD's Health Dividend

In this issue of Transit-Friendly Development we look at the comprehensive health benefits of TOD. While advocates of TOD have always implicitly referenced the health benefits of TOD, new planning and development tools, such as Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), help make the link between TOD and good health explicit. The intent of this edition of the Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter is to increase awareness as to the ways TOD brings greater physical, social, and environmental health to communities. (more)

Health in All Policies

As political debates surrounding the future of America's health care system persist, both the general public and the experts seem drawn toward even larger questions regarding health; namely what it is and how we go about achieving it. (more)

Recommended Reading

In this issue we highlight two resources focused on health: a comprehensive look at the impact of transportation policies on health — Transportation and Health: Policy Interventions for Safer, Healthier People and Communities — and an article examining the utility of Health Impact Assessments — Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for Planners: What Tools are Useful?

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Previous Issues

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