The era of "Smart Growth" has emerged in recent years as densely populated regions of the United States struggle to control increased traffic congestion, air pollution, and sprawl suburban development. A key theme of the Smart Growth initiative is development and redevelopment anchored around transit stations, or Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).
Research in this area has become a strength of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, a reflection of its location in New Jersey which has embraced TOD through the designation of 20 Transit Villages. VTC Director Robert Noland and Project Manager Stephanie E. DiPetrillo form the core of VTC's TOD team and have spoken at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally, on the topic of TOD. The center also produces a nationally recognized newsletter on TOD issues, Transit-Friendly Development, now available at NJTOD.org.