Is there any chance that the proposed 9-mile Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will result in equitable development?
The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a $592,000 grant from the Federal Transit Authority to study equitable transportation-oriented development along the proposed expansion into Bergen County.
The comprehensive plan builds on efforts to establish regions and employment centers along the corridor, provide a coordinated framework for action and create a blueprint for success for all stakeholders.
HBLR’s expansion into Bergen County, known as the Northern Branch, will strengthen a stronger, fairer economy and promote a more sustainable future, a goal of NJ Transit’s 10-year strategic plan. Governor Phil Murphy’s administration said.
“Transportation-oriented development will help unlock all the benefits that the new mass transit corridor can offer,” said Diane Gutierrez Scacetti, Director of Transportation and Chairman of the New Jersey Transportation Commission.
“We would like to thank the FTA and the Congressional delegation for securing this funding to explore how these developments can work together with the proposed HBLR expansion and provide a sustainable future for the region. appreciate.”
State Senator Gordon Johnson (D-Teneck) agreed.
“The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail extension is a vital asset to reduce congestion and traffic and improve the quality of life for residents living in the area,” he said. “As we continue to develop new and innovative transportation modes, it is also important to consider how we can make existing infrastructure more equitable and accessible to all. I look forward to seeing how it can help you enrich and improve.”
The Northern Branch extension is a nine-mile route through eastern Bergen County from the current terminus of Tunnel Avenue to Englewood Hospital, with seven proposed stops. The project, currently in the design stage, will reduce road congestion and improve mobility throughout the region.
The TOD study frames the analysis and opportunities in a holistic manner that provides a holistic solution across a corridor that runs through North Bergen, Fairview, Ridgefield, Englewood, Leonia and parts of Palisades Park, with unique characteristics. Identify more customized solutions that work together. Constraints and needs of specific communities.
The plan will involve communities, governments, local and state agencies in many aspects of transit-oriented development in creating a collective vision for the corridor. The research also includes strong community engagement through outreach to the general public and other stakeholders.
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said the introduction of light rail into Bergen County’s Eastern Corridor, one of the most densely populated areas in the United States, is a guaranteed guarantee for successful transit-oriented development. Said to be a model.
“This important mass transit project will significantly improve the quality of life for local residents and businesses by alleviating congestion, meeting mass transit demand and improving the environment,” he said. . “Since taking office, I have been an active supporter of this project. I am grateful to Commissioner Gutierrez Scacetti and the New Jersey Legislative Delegation for their continued efforts to bring light rail to life in Bergen County. .”