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New Jersey Long Range Transportation Plan

Urban Supplement Fact Sheet

New Jersey is required by state legislation to develop and maintain a comprehensive master plan for all modes of transportation, with special emphasis on public transportation. Federal law also requires the state to develop a long-range transportation plan.

New Jersey law also requires the Department of Transportation, in conjunction with NJ TRANSIT, to prepare an Urban Transportation Supplement to the state long-range transportation plan that specifically addresses the current and projected transportation needs of the Atlantic City, Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, and Trenton urban areas. Because the State Development and Redevelopment Plan also identifies New Brunswick as an Urban Center, the Department of Transportation has chosen to include New Brunswick in this list.

The initial Urban Supplement was developed in June 1993, updated in 2001, and is now updated again as part of the state's long-range transportation plan, Transportation Choices 2030.

According to the legislation, the Urban Supplement should make recommendations for meeting urban-area transportation needs, with a particular emphasis on the transportation problems of the state's inner-city residents who work or are seeking employment in suburban areas of the state. A major goal of the current work was to identify ways in which the Urban Supplement can be made more useful to each city.

NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT and their consultants conducted a series of interviews with transportation professionals in each of the eight urban areas, as well as with other interested agencies, to collect and analyze relevant data.

Each Urban Supplement updates urban area demographic and economic data and the highway and transit infrastructure inventory, identifies transportation needs, and makes recommendations to address them.

For the first time, each Urban Supplement includes the results of travel demand modeling of current and future conditions, as well as travel time maps to illustrate the comparison of travel times now versus the future.

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