New Jersey (NJ) Transit has renewed its focus on transit oriented design (TOD) developments, and is encouraging its local community partners interested in new development to learn more about opportunities with the agency.
“NJ Transit is committed to Transit Oriented Development, which combines quality housing and robust shopping and dining with the advantage of easy access to rail and bus service to other communities,” said NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett, in a news release.
By tying mixed use developments to NJ Transit’s rail stations and bus lines via TOD, the public transit provider says municipalities can enhance their residents’ quality of life by providing not just local neighborhood amenities but easy access via NJ Transit to various resources available in the state.
In October 2018, The Link at Aberdeen Station was officially opened to the public, with a combination of apartments, stores, restaurants, and walkable access to the Aberdeen-Matawan Station. The project was a partnership between NJ Transit, Aberdeen Township, and the developer BNE. The result has served as an example of a modern community that provides a high quality of life at home with access to amenities throughout the state via mass transit.
Last month, NJ Transit introduced a partnership with Somerset Development LLC to create a new mixed-use TOD project through a sale and lease agreement with the developer for land adjacent to the Somerville Train Station with access to the borough’s revitalized downtown. In addition to the new neighborhood, the developers will construct a new road that will connect S.R. 206 with the rail station to provide easier access to mass transit for the a significant portion of western Somerset County.
NJ Transit has identified additional opportunities for similar projects in Bordentown, Bound Brook, Camden, Hoboken, Trenton, and other communities throughout the Garden State.
SOURCE: NJ Transit