Ocean County's NJTPA Board Member: Freeholder James Lacey
is one of the subregions that are represented on the NJTPA Board of Trustees. The subregions consist of 13 counties and two cities. The Ocean County representative to the NJTPA is Freeholder James Lacey, who is Second Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Planning and Economic Development Committee.
This page provides an overview of Ocean County'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: Ocean County, with a population of
562,335, is New Jersey's second largest county and home to two barrier beaches, Island Beach and Long Beach Island, and much of New Jersey's Pinelands ecosystem. The opening of the Garden State Parkway provided access to affordable and available land in Ocean County within commuting distance of northern New Jersey and New York City.
More information describing the county, its demographics and travel characteristics is available at the Ocean County Profile.
Ocean County Municipalities
Ocean County Website:
County Planning Agency: Transportation planning for Ocean County is the responsibility of the Ocean County Engineering Department. The County's staff representative to the NJTPA Regional Transportation Advisory Committee is Mark Jehnke,
Current Transportation Projects in Ocean County: Transportation projects funded in Ocean County are listed in the NJTPA Transportation Improvement Program or TIP (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 Ocean 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).
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 projects have been completed:
- School Crossing and Pedestrian Upgrades at Various Locations (FY 2004): Upgrade school crossings & pedestrian crossing signs at unsignalized intersections ($71,370)
- Mule Road (CR 39) in Berkeley Twp (FY 2006): Six intersections including traffic and pedestrian signal upgrades ($288,635)
- Toms River Bus Terminal Park and Ride (FY 2009): Pedestrian access improvements ($202,000)
Studies: Ocean County receives funding from the NJTPA for studies of transportation issues under the NJTPA Subregional Studies Program (SSP). Recently, the following study was completed under the SSP program:
Projects Planned for Ocean County: 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 Ocean County’s section in a PDF file. On some browsers, you may have to scroll to the county’s section on Page 15.
Regionwide Studies: The NJTPA sponsors studies of regionwide transportation issues, some of which may impact Ocean 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), water bodies (lakes and streams) and Pinelands boundary. 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
- Freight Industry Profile
The NJTPA has developed a set of alternative
freight forecasts to support transportation, land
use, and economic development decisions. The
first step in the study process was to document
current baseline conditions. This Freight Profile
offers a snapshot of key metrics – Economy and
Land Uses, Freight Flows, and Freight
Transportation Networks in 2010 and in the
forecast year, 2040