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The plan will provide new momentum for transit-oriented design to support the recent increase in bus ridership and rail transit due to the completion of the Montclair Connection. Redevelopment opportunities will also be included to utilize the large number of historic train stations within neighborhoods.

The project team will evaluate the comprehensive needs of the county’s transportation users to identify clearly defined goals and objectives for long-term purposes.

Learn more about the ECCTP:

  •   Project Scope
    • The current Essex County Transportation Plan has not been updated in 28 years and is not only outdated but obsolete. With twenty-two municipalities within the County at or near full build-out the need to update the Plan is critical to improving and/or replacing the existing infrastructure while preserving available land for parks and open space for the rapidly growing population.

      The County’s radial roads, including Bloomfield Avenue, Springfield Avenue, Clinton Avenue, and South Orange Avenue have established patterns of mobility by automobile and bus. However, many of these same radial arteries that offer connectivity within the County, are conflicted by congestion caused by heavy use from domestic, freight, and bus traffic with constricted opportunities due to right-of-way limitations that inhibit left turns and loading/unloading of bus and commercial vehicles. Common points of congestion within many parts of the County often occur in areas of high pedestrian activity, with resulting effects on pedestrian mobility and safety as well as hazardous conditions for bicycle mobility.

      In addition, Essex County already has some of the most heavily traveled bus routes in New Jersey and, with the completion of the Montclair Connection, has experienced greater use of its rail transit opportunities. With the large number of mostly historic train stations within neighborhoods, many of which offer redevelopment opportunities (Bloomfield and Watsessing Stations), the Plan can provide new impetus for Transit Oriented Design (TOD). When partnered with the use of provisions of the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (NJSA 40A: 12A-1 et seq.), TOD concepts can be combined with sustainable planning and design principles such as those embodied within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Rating System and expressed in locally implemented redevelopment plans for defined districts around train stations and bus stops.

      The project’s Core Team understand the importance of implementing a Complete Streets Policy in order to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, children, older citizens, non-drivers, and the mobility challenged as well as those that cannot afford a car or choose to live car-free. The Plan will focus on providing connections to bicycling and walking trip generators such as employment, education, residential, recreation, retail centers, and public facilities. This policy will create more livable communities and promote a healthy lifestyle while placing an emphasis on environmental sustainability by reducing traffic congestion and reliance on carbon fuels thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Complete Streets makes fiscal sense by incorporating sidewalks, bike lanes, safe crossings, and transit.

      In developing the most effective Plan that will benefit the county well into the future, the Core Team will evaluate the comprehensive needs of the county’s transportation users and will outline clearly defined and agreed upon goals and objectives for the Plan. We will gather existing data to assess the existing conditions and address the issues concerning the system’s ability to accept future growth. Through an open and inclusive process, we will identify the interests and needs of the community to define opportunities and challenges and develop options for implementation consistent with existing land uses and inclusive of the modes of transportation. We recognize the need to maintain the balance between preserving open space and the need to address concerns of an aging infrastructure. Through previous experience, local knowledge, and innovative approaches, the Core Team is helping Essex County address its growth and development well into the 21st century.

  •   What is Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)?
    • • A long range implementation agenda for a countywide, multi-modal transportation network for the movement of people and goods, while addressing environmental concerns, traffic congestion and pedestrian and bicyclist safety
      • Supports County and Statewide goals such as County Land Use Plan & Complete Streets Policy
      • Developed cooperatively with the Steering Advisory Committee, and Community Stakeholders
      • Supports economic development
  •   CTP Process
    • The CTP will be updated through the following steps:
      1. Development of County’s Vision & Goals
      2. Data Collection & Needs Assessment
      3. Public Outreach
      4. Evaluation of the County’s transportation system & ability to support future growth.
      5. Develop short, medium & long range projects and policy strategies to meet County’s needs and priorities.
      6. Preparation of the final plan document.
  •   Project Team
    • Essex County Department of Public Works
      David Antonio, P.P., AICP
      Supervising Transportation Planner
      Essex County Department of Public Works
      900 Bloomfield Avenue
      Verona, New Jersey 07044
      o: 973.226.8500 ext. 2580

      Essex County Executive
      Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
      Hall of Records, Room 405
      465 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.
      Newark, New Jersey 07102
      o: 973.621.440

      Dewberry Engineers Inc.

      Nicole S. Habeiche-Shapiro, P.E., P.P., C.M.E.
      Project Manager
      Dewberry Engineers Inc.
      200 Broadacres Drive, Suite 410
      Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003-3154
      o: 973.780.9343

      Miguel B. Gavino, P. E.
      Traffic Engineering Task Leader
      Dewberry Engineers Inc.
      200 Broadacres Drive, Suite 410
      Bloomfield, NJ 07003-3154
      o: 973.338.9100

      Maser Consulting P.A.

      Lynn A. LaMunyon, P.E., PTOE
      Deputy Project Manager
      Maser Consulting P.A.
      100 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 152
      Hamilton, NJ 08619
      o: 609.587.8200 ext. 109

      David G. Roberts, AICP/PP, LLA, RLA
      Maser Consulting P.A.
      100 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 152
      Hamilton, NJ 08619
      o: 732.282.2200 ext. 3234

      Partner, Stump/Hausman

      Kenneth J. Hausman, PE
      Travel Demand Modeler
      402 Main Street, Suite 100-322
      Metuchen NJ 08840
      o: 732.767.9493