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Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities in Somerset County, New Jersey

New Jersey
County Of Somerset   
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The Somerset County Planning Board conducted the study on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Opportunities as a part of the County’s Smart Growth planning initiatives to enhance and encourage transit use and pedestrian and bicycle activity. This study was created to assist local municipalities in effectively implementing TOD. Through a planning process that involved public and stakeholder participation, transit system analysis, physical site analysis, and an understanding of market conditions, five potential sites for TOD were chosen. Three sites in the County that fit the criteria set out by the study, which were land availability, environmental suitability, institutional support, market potential and transit service, and had excellent potential for TOD were picked as pilot sites: Bound Brook Station, Somerville Station, and the relocated North Branch Station. These sites are to serve as a model for successful TOD implementation.