This issue of Transit-Friendly Development highlights several examples in which consensus building played a major role in successful TOD initiatives.
It is vital to understand the needs and desires of those affected by the changes TOD brings, in order to build consensus among all involved parties.
Eminent domain – the taking of private property for public use and a tool often used in TOD – has become one of the most debated issues in planning.
While retaining its “Smalltown USA” style, Collingswood has been transformed by several major projects into an destination for residents and visitors.
Car-sharing has come to New Jersey, and transit is a big reason why. Zipcar has recently set up locations in several public transit hubs.
New Jersey’s two light rail lines form valuable links to existing transportation infrastructure, providing riders more options for destinations.
For the past two decades, A. Nelessen Associates in Belle Mead, NJ has been involved in projects utilizing transit-oriented urban design principles.
Over the past decade, Cranford has invested heavily in efforts to attract new businesses and residents, including a successful transit village bid.
As Vice President of LCOR Inc., a national real estate company, Anthony Marchetta has worked on numerous TOD projects throughout New Jersey.
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition across America that transit is important to the creation and maintenance of livable communities.