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David Behrend, communications and government affairs director for the NJTPA, said the MPOs take a "fix-it-first" approach, with safety the top priority, when deciding which projects go to the head of the line.
He also explained that NJTPA takes a big-picture perspective to address potential transportation issues.
Behrend says NJTPA is looking at roads where improving the signals could lessen congestion.
NJTPA expects that using brownfields for planned transportation improvements will reduce some of the challenges that freight expansion may create, such as roadway congestion, disruptions in suburban and rural life, and increased air emissions.
The NJTPA Board of Trustees consists of one elected official from each of the fifteen subregions--the thirteen counties and two major cities, Newark and Jersey City.
The Structure of Representation of Two Second District MPOs Distance from MPO New York City Votes per Million County or City MPO (Miles) Residents New York City NYMTC 0.0 0.3 Hudson NJTPA 6.1 1.8 Jersey City NJTPA 6.5 4.3 Bergen NJTPA 13.8 1.2 Essex NJTPA 14.4 1.3 Newark NJTPA 11.1 3.8 Union NJTPA 19.3 2.0 Nassau NYMTC 20.3 0.8 Passaic NJTPA 24.7 2.1 Rockland NYMTC 26.1 3.5 Westchester NYMTC 28.6 1.1 Morris NJTPA 30.7 2.2 Middlesex NJTPA 32.6 1.4 Monmouth NJTPA 35.0 1.6 Somerset NJTPA 36.7 3.5 Sussex NJTPA 45.3 6.9 Putnam NYMTC 46.9 10.5 Hunterdon NJTPA 51.5 8.0 Warren NJTPA 53.7 10.0 Ocean NJTPA 64.0 2.0 Suffolk NYMTC 68.5 0.7 Notes: NYMTC is New York Metropolitan Transportation Council; NJTPA is North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
Under the guidance of the NJTPA Board, the staffs of NJIT, CUPR, and NJTPA agreed on the objectives for the new system, and, in 1996, the consortium unveiled TELUS: Transportation, Economic & Land Use System.
The version of the TELUS software developed for the NJTPA included five components: (1) an automated TIP component containing basic information about each project; (2) an input-output model estimating project impacts on the number of jobs, per capita income, gross regional product, and tax revenues at the local, State, and Federal levels; (3) a property-value model estimating the impact of projects on the value of adjacent properties; (4) a project-interrelationships component identifying potential conflicts among projects; and (5) a geographic information system (GIS) reader.
In 1998, with the passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), knowing that many MPOs had a need similar to that of the NJTPA, provided support to modify TELUS for nationwide distribution.
Last year, the federal stimulus funds allocated $124 million for 62 diverse local projects selected by NJTPA.
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