Welcome to Volume 7, Issue 1 of Transit-Friendly Development, a newsletter designed to keep municipal officials, planners, and advocates up-to-date on the potential for development and redevelopment around transit stations. This joint effort between NJ TRANSIT and the Bloustein School’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University aims to enrich the transit-oriented development (TOD) conversation in New Jersey’s diverse communities by highlighting what is happening in the state and around the country: best practices, model programs, legislation, and local problem-solving experiences.

We hope local leaders and the public find these articles of value as all of us strive to create livable, sustainable, and thriving communities. We always appreciate reader comments, so send us your comments, criticisms, and ideas for future articles. We can be reached via email at:

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Complete Streets & Transit

As transit-oriented development (TOD) gains momentum across the country, accommodating people who want to live, work, and play near transit, a new movement – “Complete Streets” – has emerged to bolster TOD. The focus of the Complete Streets movement is, as the name implies, to provide communities with streets that are safe and accessible for users of all ages, abilities, and multiple modes – in other words “complete.” The Complete Streets movement shares with TOD over-arching goals to build livable, vibrant, healthy communities that are accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and public transit users. (more)

Special Feature: StreetFilms Focuses on TOD

In February, StreetsFilms launched its new video series, Moving Beyond the Automobile with a 3-minute look at the TOD efforts in Hudson County. (more)

Recommended Reading

In this issue we highlight two Complete Streets resources, one from the APA — Complete Streets: Best Policy and Implementation Practices — and one that appeared in the ITE Journal — America Needs Complete Streets. We also showcase the Denver Regional Council of Governments study on "Who is TOD in Metro Denver?"

For past reviews, see our online annotated bibliography. (more)

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Previous Issues

In case you missed anything, you can delve into our archives to see previous issues. (more)