The Together North Jersey Efficiency Task Force and the NJTPA are co-sponsoring a Transit Hub planning program for three select communities in northern New Jersey. They will also be partnering with the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association. Three pilot locations will be selected for exploring the creation of vibrant transit hubs. An urban location, a suburban location, and a rural location will be selected. All transit hubs are not the same. Each has its own unique context. Therefore, there is a strong desire to demonstrate a community-driven approach to planning the transit hub, including extensive outreach to all interested parties.
The Program will encourage the creation of vibrant transit hubs around existing transit stations and/or stops, supporting the community’s goals for economic development, land use, access to jobs, and cultural development. For the purpose of this work a transit hub is an area surrounding a transit station – bus, rail, light rail, or ferry – which contains diverse land use, a variety of activities, and multi-modal transportation connections that are fully integrated with the transit station. Careful consideration of the needs and desires of a broad range of stakeholders is needed, for instance, what type of community is desired and what’s the best approach for creating it.
What are the Benefits of Being a Pilot Transit Hub?
- The Program will support efforts in the selected communities to initiate a community-driven process for creating a strategic plan for the transit hub. Volunteer planner(s) with the appropriate background will be identified through the American Planning Association-NJ Community Planning Assistance Program to lead the planning effort. The planners will provide the professional support to prepare for public meeting(s), document the results of the outreach, and identify the steps for continuing the development of the transit hub after the completion of the pilot.
- The Program sponsors will support the community’s efforts to initiate a community-driven process to define the transit hub’s future – what kind of community do they want at the transit hub?
- The community will receive a strategic plan for the Transit Hub, including a listing of the community’s goals, a description of the hub’s overall strengths, how the hub can be used to advance the community’s objectives, and an approach for advancing further through plan development, design and implementation.
- The program will provide guidance in the search for resources for advancing plans for the Transit Hub. Possible sources could include NJTPA’s Complete Streets Support Initiative, NJDOT’s Local Bike/Ped Planning Assistance, and NJTPA’s Planning for Emerging Centers, and the Department of Community Affairs Local Planning Services Office. These programs have their own selection procedures. The initial strategic plan can support a stronger application for these next steps.
Who is Eligible? Any municipality or community organization within the NJTPA 13 county region – Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
How to Apply? Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline shown below. Applications should include:
- The name and contact information for the community’s primary contact for submitting the proposal and for the duration of the project.
- A description and map of the proposed transit hub location, including the transit stop’s name and the surrounding community that would be included in the work.
- A brief description of the existing conditions in the area.
- A brief review of the community’s goals for the effort.
- A general idea of the support in the community for undertaking this work (see requirements below)
- A preliminary list of the groups and individuals that would be engaged in the project in the effort, including municipal and county agencies, and local community organizations.
A team of planners from the Together North Jersey Efficiency Task Force has volunteered to review and evaluate the proposals.
THE APPLICATION SHOULD BE NO LONGER THAN 2 PAGES PLUS A MAP.
SEND YOUR PROPOSAL TO TSCHULZE@NJTPA.ORG.
Selection Criteria: The following criteria will be used to review the proposal. Be sure to include them in your proposal.
- The potential of the location as a transit hub based upon the description in the proposal and a field visit if necessary.
- The potential for a mixed-use vision for the transit hub as described in the proposal.
- Demonstrated strong commitment to a community-driven planning process and mixed-use vision for the transit hub. The following will help make this case:
- A reference in an earlier plan for the area.
- Letter(s) of support from local officials and/or other organizations in the community.
- A resolution supporting the project by the municipal council or the non-profit’s board of directors is expected before the project can begin.
- Tuesday, February 27 – Release of the Proposal Solicitation package.
- Tuesday, March 13 – Working Session to Explain the Solicitation Process (NJTPA Board Room, 10am to 12pm) Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend
- Friday, March 23 – Transit Hub proposals due 5:00 PM – Email only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday, April 6 – Select Transit Hub Pilots and notify applicants.