NJ TRANSIT renewed its focus on Transit Oriented Design (TOD) developments, and is encouraging its local community partners interested in new development to learn more about opportunities with the agency.
“NJ TRANSIT is committed to Transit Oriented Development, which combines quality housing and robust shopping and dining with the advantage of easy access to rail and bus service to other communities,” said NJ TRANSIT President/CEO Kevin Corbett.
By tying mixed-use developments to the organization’s rail stations and bus lines via TOD, officials believe municipalities can enhance residents’ quality of life by providing not just local neighborhood amenities but easy access via NJ TRANSIT to the incredible resources available in the Garden State.
In October 2018, The Link at Aberdeen Station was officially opened to the public, with a combination of apartments, stores, restaurants, and walkable access to the Aberdeen-Matawan Station. The project was a partnership between NJ TRANSIT, Aberdeen Township and the developer BNE. The result has been widely hailed as an excellent example of a modern community that provides a high quality of life at home with access to amenities throughout the state via mass transit.
In April 2019, the Borough of Matawan announced an exciting new mixed-use development adjacent to the Aberdeen-Matawan Rail Station. The development, which will be on seven acres of NJ TRANSIT-owned land along the New Jersey Coast Line, is part of an extensive transit-oriented development project spearheaded by Matawan since 2001. A call for developers to express their interest went out in May.
Soon after, the City of Bayonne and NJ TRANSIT announced collaboration June 25 to create an innovative new mixed-use development along the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR). The development is slated to be built on four and a half acres of NJ TRANSIT owned land adjacent to the Bayonne 34th Street Station.
Last month, NJ TRANSIT introduced a partnership with Somerset Development LLC to create a vibrant, new mixed-use TOD project through a sale-and-lease agreement with the developer for land adjacent to the Somerville Train Station with access to the borough’s revitalized and bustling downtown. In addition to the new neighborhood, the developers will construct a new road that will connect State Route 206 with the rail station to provide easier access to mass transit for the a significant portion of western Somerset County.