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Transit Management
Transit Planning and Management Office:

Bus Stop and Shelter Programs:

Municipalities may choose to regulate where buses may stop to pick up or discharge passengers.  This Office works and coordinates with New Jersey Transit, transit operators and municipal officials  to create, remove or relocate approved bus stops on County roads in Bergen County.  Requests involving bus stops stop are initiated by a municipality.  NJ Transit employees, trained by NJDOT, investigate the proposed site(s) for safety and certifies that they conformity to NJDOT requirements for bus stops.  The affected municipality then formally acts by either resolution or ordinance.  The necessary concurring County resolutions are drafted by this office for the Board of Chosen Freeholders action and County Executive approval.  
NJ Transit provides and has installed bus shelters free to municipalities and private entities who agree to accept liability for and maintain the shelters.  Bus shelters may only be installed at approved bus stops.  Bus shelters may be installed along a County road upon by a municipal resolution requesting such.  This Office drafts the necessary concurring County resolution for the Board of Chosen Freeholders action and County Executive approval.  

Transit Planning and Management:

This office works with NJ Transit’s transit planners with regards to both commuter and transit bus operations serving Bergen County.  This office serves as a “Transit Ombudsman” by taking and investigating complaints about and suggestions to improve transit services within Bergen County.  This office places special attention on the local bus lines providing services for transit trips totally within Bergen County.  This Office provides transit travel directions and information to both individuals and employers already in Bergen County and those considering relocating to Bergen County.  

Transit Supportive Development (TSD) Educational Workshop for Municipalities
(till May 10, 2013)

This posting is to identify municipalities that may be interested in participating in a Transit Supportive Development (TSD) Educational Workshop. These workshops are being offered free of charge.

TSD is a planning approach in which transit planning and local land use planning are integrated at the regional, corridor and local levels for the purposes of building sustainable communities around transit stations. This approach has been found to reduce sprawl and congestion, increase pedestrian activity, increase economic development potential, and realize environmental benefits. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is interested in educating communities about TSD, which includes transit-oriented development (TOD), and has retained the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to prepare and to conduct these educational workshops.

The TSD Educational Workshops will be conducted in communities that are beginning to consider TSD as an economic and/or community development strategy and are interested in learning more about how best to maximize their existing transit services to leverage redevelopment. The NJTPA will work with the subregions to facilitate these workshops in three locations over the next few months.

NJIT will develop a 90-120 minute educational workshop for each selected municipality. The workshop will serve as an introduction to transit supportive development and cover a range of topics, including:

• Basic introduction to the host municipality, including demographics and general land use characteristics;
• Defining transit supportive development;
• Exploring the link between transit and land use;
• Integrating transit planning with local land use planning;
• Identifying stakeholders and engaging them to resolve issues;
• Station area planning and its critical elements;
• Showcasing successful examples of communities that have planned for and implemented TSD;
• Next steps; and
• A Questions and Answers session

NJIT will provide copies of the PowerPoint slides to workshop participants and gather participant contact information for continued information exchange. Successful candidate municipalities will be those that show an interest in considering transit supportive development. They will contain an underutilized transit facility, such as an existing commuter or light rail station or a bus or ferry terminal with some potential for redevelopment in proximity to such a transit asset. Successful candidates will also be willing and able to assist with logistics related to securing a venue and identifying and inviting stakeholders, elected officials, local economic development personnel, developers, and others to the workshop.

Please contact Robert S. Garrison, the Department Director for Planning and Economic Development at (201) 336-6437 no later than May 10, 2013 if your municipality is interested in participating or if you have additional questions. This is a competitive program and only a few municipalities in North Jersey will be selected.