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Multimodal Complete Streets

Multimodal Complete Streets

The “first-mile/last-mile” problem refers to the challenge of public transportation passengers to reach either the home or office after leaving the bus or train station. This can be especially challenging if the station is more than just a block or two away. Some commuters may take a taxi or a shuttle bus if one is available, but many end up…read more →

The City of Elizabeth Releases a Complete Streets Concept Plan for Morris Avenue

The City of Elizabeth Releases a Complete Streets Concept Plan for Morris Avenue

As part of a federal Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, Together North Jersey, a regional planning collaboration led by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, recently completed the Morris Avenue Complete Streets Concept Plan for the City of Elizabeth.The new report, which proposes Complete Streets improvements to Elizabeth’s Morris Avenue and connecting side…read more →

NJBPRC inspires teens to bring positive change to their communities

NJBPRC inspires teens to bring positive change to their communities

This past Friday, April 24, 2015, Raritan Valley Community College hosted over two hundred Black and Hispanic teenagers for the 7th Annual From Boys to Men Conference. The conference was organized and co-hosted by the New Brunswick Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a fraternity of college and professional African American men, who have a proud history of…read more →

When a State Route is a Main Street

When a State Route is a Main Street

New Jersey State Route 27, stretching from Princeton to Newark, has an identity crisis. In downtown Princeton, NJ-27 is a vibrant, slow moving main street (Nassau Street), while just a few miles to the north, NJ-27 is virtually a country road, running alongside a lake with no pedestrian or bicycle facilities. Further north still, NJ-27 ventures through several downtown areas,…read more →

Rural Complete Streets

Rural Complete Streets

Although the phrase Complete Streets often evokes images of a dense metropolis, it is important that this term is embraced by municipalities of all sizes and in all locations. It may be in urban neighborhoods that Complete Streets receive the most publicity, but it is not a singularly urban phenomenon. Complete Streets are about making our transportation network safe and…read more →

Bicycle Commuter Networks

Bicycle Commuter Networks

Commuting to and from work only comprises 20% of all trips taken in the United States. However, it is these trips that create the most congestion as large groups of people flock to the roads within the same 2-3 hour time period during the workweek. Engineers and planners are constantly struggling to mitigate this problem, and one approach is through…read more →

Bicycle Share and Complete Streets

Bicycle Share and Complete Streets

It’s perhaps one of the oldest philosophical questions in the book – which came first, the chicken or the egg? This simple question has stirred debate and stimulated interesting conversations for as long as people have wondered. But the concept of the chicken and the egg question is not monopolized by farm animals by any means. It can be transferred…read more →

Planning Participation in Capital Improvements

Planning Participation in Capital Improvements

Complete Streets infrastructure requires committed investment into bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and vehicle lanes, as well as aesthetic improvements such as lights, benches, and trees. Funding these improvements may be difficult, so departments and organizations must work together in order to implement a unified vision that optimizes funds. One way to build this relationship is to create an alliance between planning…read more →

Livingston Ave Road Diet Public Meeting Held – Comments Wanted!

On February 11, at 7:00pm, the first of four community meetings was held in New Brunswick to discuss plans on how to make Livingston Avenue safer for all users. A joint project between Middlesex County and the City of New Brunswick, the study will look at Livingston Avenue between New Street and Elizabeth Street. The meeting attracted a large crowd,…read more →