About the Study

NJTPA Background

The NJTPA is the federally funded Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the northern New Jersey region, home to 6.7 million people and covering over one-half of the state’s land area. The NJTPA Board includes 15 local elected officials representing 13 counties—Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren—and the cities of Newark and Jersey City. The Board also includes a Governor’s Representative, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT, the Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and a Citizen’s Representative appointed by the Governor.

The NJTPA conducts comprehensive long-range transportation planning and annually oversees over $2 billion in transportation investments, for one of the most dynamic and complex transportation systems in the nation. The NJTPA sponsors and conducts studies, assists member planning agencies (known as NJTPA “subregions”), and provides a forum for inter-agency cooperation and public input into funding decisions.

Emerging Centers

Planning for Emerging Centers is a program that provides technical assistance in support of efforts by municipalities to create more sustainable, transit-supportive and walkable communities as well as comprehensive approaches to strategic planning at the local level. Through this program, the NJTPA provides consultant and staff support to municipalities to conduct various planning studies including integrating transportation into land use plans, transit area plans, multimodal (e.g. vehicular, bus, bike, pedestrian) circulation elements of master plans, climate change and sustainability plans and others.

The program seeks to advance the goals found in the NJTPA Regional Transportation Plan (Plan 2045) and implement the strategies and actions developed through Together North Jersey, a consortium of public, private and non-profit groups that developed a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The NJTPA has been a leading partner in the Together North Jersey planning effort.

Project Goals

The primary goal of this study is to develop a vision for economic development that revitalizes the downtown and promotes an integrated community that incorporates new developments into the downtown consistent with the vision. The vision will also leverage existing transportation assets, such as the Raritan Train Station, to attract development. A Sustainable Economic Development and Redevelopment Planning Study will have the following outcomes:

The Borough of Raritan applied to the NJTPA Emerging Centers program for technical assistance to develop a Sustainable Economic Development Plan for the Central Business District and the area surrounding the train station.