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Plainfield Gains Designation as Transit Village by Gov. Christie

The Alternative Press Staff

Friday, March 28, 2014 • 3:58pm

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield has been accepted for inclusion in the New Jersey's Transit Village program, which partners the city with several state agencies to help implement mixed-use development and Complete Streets accommodations near transit facilities. 

Plainfield will be the 28th municipality to be accepted into the Transit Village program statewide. Ten state agencies make up the Transit Village (TV) task force, which has been working with Plainfield since 2011 in an effort to earn the designation.

The city of Plainfield features downtown rail service to Newark and New York City via NJ TRANSIT’s Northeast Corridor by way of the Raritan Valley Line.  There are also more than half a dozen NJ TRANSIT bus routes providing regional service for residents of the City. 

Plainfield has multiple redevelopment plans and has created a “Transit Oriented Development Downtown Zone” ordinance with the goal of changing the character of the central business district. In 2010, Plainfield, with assistance from the NJ Institute of Technology, developed a transit-oriented development project report which outlined specific recommendations for the areas near the Plainfield/North Plainfield NJ TRANSIT train station with the goal of encouraging new mixed-use development.  Based on these recommendations, there are thirteen transit-supportive projects currently being built, planned or contemplated within the Transit Village District. 

“A municipality can only be designated a state Transit Village after performing the important visioning and planning work that sets the stage for redevelopment to occur,” said NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson.  “I applaud the City of Plainfield for their careful planning efforts and the proactive approach in their exciting current and future development.”

The New Jersey Department of Transportation-administered Transit Village program provides participating towns with planning expertise and grant opportunities to redevelop land near train or other transit facilities in a way that promotes economic activity and the use of public transportation. 

Transit Village designation provides:

·         State of New Jersey commitment to the municipality’s redevelopment vision

·         Coordination among ten State agencies that comprise the Transit Village Task Force and technical assistance from state agencies

·         Priority consideration for certain funding opportunities

New Jersey’s first Transit Village was designated in 1999. The roster now includes Pleasantville, Morristown, Rutherford, South Amboy, South Orange, Riverside, Rahway, Metuchen, Belmar, Collingswood, Bloomfield, Bound Brook, Cranford, Matawan, New Brunswick, Journal Square/Jersey City, Netcong, Elizabeth City, Burlington City, Orange, Somerville, Montclair, Linden, West Windsor, East Orange, Dunellen, Summit and now Plainfield.

The Department has programmed $1 million in the Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Program to provide funding to local governments that are part the state Transit Village Program. Applications for Transit Village designation are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by the Transit Village Task Force. The task force reviews applications and makes recommendations to the NJDOT Commissioner, who has final approval of Transit Village designations. In Fiscal Year 2013, five Transit Village municipalities shared $1 million for improvement projects.

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