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  • NJ A1502
  • "New Jersey Transit Villages Act."
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the "New Jersey Transit Villages Act" for the purpose of encouraging individual municipalities to begin influencing land use patterns, densities, the general character of their communities, and eventually, the overall quality of life for their residents. This bill seeks to promote communities that are pedestrian friendly and within close proximity to public transit systems that have been the focus of major public investment. Projected population increases for the State indicate that under current development patterns that encourage single-occupancy vehicle automobile trips, even more significant strains will be placed on the highway and road network, leading to levels of congestion beyond the mitigation ability of the State. The bill attempts to focus development based on smart growth principles by directing transportation investments into the redevelopment of our older urban and suburban areas around transit hubs. The bill also seeks to increase transportation options and transit availability, which will have the effect of reducing automobile traffic, stabilizing property taxes, and providing affordable housing. In 1999 the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), working with New Jersey Transit Corporation, created the Transit Village Initiative to further "Smart Growth" objectives. There are currently 17 designated Transit Villages in the State. Transit Village funding comes from a dedicated federal source, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program, which amounts to $2 million annually and is administered by NJDOT. There is no money currently allocated to the Transit Village Initiative from the Transportation Trust Fund. Other State agencies may provide "assistance" to Transit Villages, such as technical assistance, favorable changes in regulations, and "red carpet" treatment involving permits, but do not directly fund the initiative. This bill would formalize the Transit Village Initiative and permit State funding to be used to further the goals of the program.
Commerce and Economic Development
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
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