Newark's NJTPA Board Member:
Mayor Cory A. Booker
The City of Newark, in Essex County,
is one of the subregions that are represented on the NJTPA Board of Trustees. The subregions consist of 13 counties and two cities. The Newark representative to the NJTPA is Mayor Cory Booker .
This page provides an overview of Newark's involvement in the NJTPA, including links to transportation planning studies and projects funded through the NJTPA. An overview of the transportation planning process at the NJTPA is available in the Citizen’s Guide.
Description: Newark, with a population of
266,736, is the third oldest American City and New Jersey's largest.
Much of Newark's business is built on its excellent transportation network. In addition to Newark Liberty International Airport and Port Newark, there is an extensive system of freight rail lines. The majority of the state's passenger rail lines converge at Penn Station in Newark, a regional transportation hub. The New Jersey Turnpike and other major roads also connect Newark to the region.
More information describing the city, its demographics and travel characteristics is available on the Newark Profile page.
Newark Website: http://www.ci.newark.nj.us
City Planning Agency: Planning activities for Newark are the responsibility of the Department of Engineering. The City's staff representative to the NJTPA Regional Transportation Advisory Committee is Mike Gelin, (973) 733-6452.
Current Transportation Projects in Newark: Transportation projects funded in Newark are listed in the NJTPA Transportation Improvement Program or TIP, under "Essex County" (links below). The TIP is a four-year agenda of improvement projects drawn from the NJTPA long-range Regional Transportation Plan. Projects in the TIP--including public transit, road, bridge, bicycle, pedestrian and freight-related projects--have completed planning and are ready for final design, land acquisition, and construction. The following are links to TIP projects:
- TIP Webpage – This link takes you to a table on the TIP webpage containing PDF files of project lists.
You may have to scroll to the link to Essex County’s project list. Select the date in Column 1 for the current TIP. Note: the files on this page change throughout the year. They include the adopted TIP (approved annually each July), revisions made to the adopted TIP and (when available) the draft TIP pending approval for the upcoming year. The TIP introduction provides a more detailed explanation.
- NOTIS – The NJTPA Online Transportation Information System - allows interactive searching for projects in particular locations or on particular routes, using maps and database queries. NOTIS includes projects in the currently adopted TIP as well as projects still at the planning stage (see “Projects Planned” below).
Projects Planned for Newark: The NJTPA Project Development Work Program (PDWP) evaluates the need for projects and develops alternative conceptual designs and routes. The PDWP contains a variety of work, from technical studies focusing on highly specific, localized issues to major corridor studies that cover large stretches of our regional transportation system. Projects are scored and ranked during development of the PDWP. When projects have passed through the PDWP, they are generally eligible for funding through the TIP. The following link should take you to Essex County’s section in a PDF file. There you can scroll to find projects planned for Newark. On some browsers, you may have to scroll to the Essex County’s section on Page 4.
Local Safety Program: NJTPA's Local Safety Program provides funds for quick-fix, high impact safety improvements on county and local roads. The program focuses on vehicular and pedestrian improvements of critical need that can be completed within a short period of time. Priority is given to projects that address locations identified as NJTPA safety priorities, NJDOT priorities, or are well supported by crash data analysis. (Interactive map)
The following project is under construction:
- Wilson Avenue at Lafayette Street, Houston Street and Avenue L (FY 2011): Three intersection improvements including new traffic signal systems, intersection realignment, curb and sidewalk upgrades, repaving, striping, ADA compliant crosswalks, LED warning signs ($500,000)
The following project is either in planning, awaiting federal authorization or under construction:
- Single Intersection: Pedestrian refuge islands, new traffic signal, pedestrian countdown signals, curb bulb-outs, striping, signage at Broad Street & South Street (FY 2013): Single Intersection: New traffic signal, pedestrian countdown signals, curb bulb-outs, striping, signage ($500,000)
Current Studies: The City of Newark receives funding from the NJTPA for studies of transportation issues under the NJTPA Subregional Studies Program. The following study is currently being funded, and the link below should take you to a detailed description in Volume III of the UPWP. On some browsers you may have to scroll to Page 165.
Regionwide Studies: The NJTPA sponsors studies of regionwide transportation issues, some of which may impact Bergen County. These studies can be found in Vol. I of the FY 2013 UPWP, Pages 63-71. On some browsers you may have to scroll to the appropriate page:
The NJTPA regional databank is a digital repository for all transportation and related data, stored and maintained on the NJTPA’s computer network. The regional databank assists staff, agency partners and subregions in planning initiatives by providing accurate, accessible transportation and related datasets necessary for informed analysis, decision-making and reporting.
Datasets are made available to partner agencies, subregions and the general public via posting on the Internet. This section contains subregion-specific data that is maintained in a geographic information system (GIS). Included are ArcGIS shapefile layers for land use/land cover (LULC), parks (two different shapefiles), and water bodies (lakes and streams). Additional data needs can be met by going to Data & Maps section of the NJTPA website or fulfillment of individual data requests.
- Land Use
- Water bodies