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NJ TRANSIT ROLLS OUT UPGRADED APPLICATION FOR TRANSPORTATION & LAND USE PLANNING

Application Supports Municipalities, Real Estate Developers, Elected Officials and Others Engaged in the Land Use & Transportation Planning Process

August 17, 2022

Newark, NJ – NJ TRANSIT, in conjunction with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and the Office of Research Analytics at Rutgers University, has updated the NJ TRANSIT Friendly Data Application, a powerful digital tool that allows users to map, report, and download a range of land use, travel, public transit, demographic, and real estate development data throughout the NJ TRANSIT network.

The application now features four new tools: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Opportunity; Corridor Planning; Total Water Level; and Social Justice. It can be found at: https://transitfriendlydata.org.

“This latest technology demonstrates how statewide transportation investments can enhance the environment, create strong community centers, and encourage private investment in the local economy,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.  “This is a one-stop resource for transit-friendly planning and development.”

“NJ TRANSIT is proud to partner once again with Rutgers University to develop this innovative new technology tool, providing municipalities, real estate developers, elected officials, and others with a wealth of information to aid in their research, planning, and development needs,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “This information, now easy to access and cross-reference, will bolster statewide efforts to create Transit-Oriented Development, helping to improve New Jersey’s environment and quality of life.”

Users can select and visualize various options in the Transit Friendly Data Application, based on their specific needs. The app features layers for demographics, environmental hazards, flooding scenarios, rehabilitation/redevelopment areas and travel modes. The transportation layer also includes data on all four NJ TRANSIT modes: Access Link, bus, light rail, and rail. 

The application is meant to be a resource for anyone interested in land-use and transportation analyses. The updated application is being marketed through presentations at professional conferences and regional events, and an online tutorial of the latest version will be released soon.  

The Transit Friendly Data Application is the latest tool in NJ TRANSIT’s Transit Friendly Planning Program toolbox, available at www.njtransit.com/transitfriendly. The innovative program is dedicated to NJ TRANSIT’s commitment to assisting communities with planning for transit-supportive land uses and transit-oriented development surrounding NJ TRANSIT customer facilities.

Since 1999, the program has provided planning assistance to interested communities through on-call consultants with expertise in transportation planning, urban design, market analysis, economic development, downtown revitalization, parking, and community engagement.

The result has been the creation of countless consensus-based, transit-supportive land use vision plans that communities are using to guide development and redevelopment at existing or planned transit facilities.

Local transit-friendly vision plans have allowed NJ TRANSIT to successfully demonstrate how statewide transportation investments can enhance the environment, create strong community centers, encourage private reinvestment in the local economy, and improve the quality of life.

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.