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Cultivating Community, Commerce, and Transit Oriented Development: The 2024 NJTOD Symposium

Join us in New Brunswick on May 16th for a day of collaboration and innovation at the New Jersey TOD Symposium: Cultivating Community, Commerce, and Transit Oriented Development.

This event, presented in partnership with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, NJ TRANSIT, the NJ Department of Transportation, and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, will bring together experts, stakeholders, and professionals to explore the intersection of community, commerce, and transit-oriented development. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the past and shape the future of transportation and community in New Jersey.

Thursday, May 16, 9 am – 4 pm
Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Schedule of Activities

Registration
&
Networking

Coffee and light breakfast will be available. Guests are invited to peruse posters that highlight recent research and project work of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center or visit permanent installation of the Alan M. Voorhees exhibit on the fourth floor of the Civic Square building.

Welcome

Welcome and introductions by Dr. Robert Noland, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Distinguished Professor of Transportation Planning and Policy and Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

Remarks by Dr. Stuart Shapiro, Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Morning Keynote

Clarelle DeGraffe
Director / General Manager, PATH

Since 1908, PATH and its predecessor, the H&M Railroad, has connected New York and New Jersey. Join PATH Director Clarelle DeGraffe in a discussion on how PATH has transformed North Jersey, from Jersey City to Newark, and now, Harrison, as a new community rises around the new Harrison PATH station.

Morning Panel Discussion

NJ, PATH & Economic Development

Over the past several decades, transit-oriented development and redevelopment has reshaped the landscape in both Jersey City and Harrison. PATH service has played an important role in supporting this development and connecting New Jersey communities to New York City.  This panel will explore how integrated land use and transportation planning and infrastructure investment by the Port Authority of NY & NJ have allowed the neighborhoods around PATH stations to flourish.   

  • Duncan Kisia, Deputy Director & Chief Economist, Planning & Regional Development, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Matt Ward, Supervising Planner, Division of City Planning, Jersey City
  • Susan Gruel, Heyer and Gruel, Planning Consultants, Town of Harrison

Lunch

Lunch will be provided.

Guests may wish to visit the permanent installation of the Alan M. Voorhees exhibit on the fourth floor of the Civic Square building.

Afternoon Keynote

Megan Fackler
Director of Statewide Planning, New Jersey Department of Transportation

Afternoon Panel Discussions

The Transit Village Initiative at 25
Beginning in 1999 with just five communities, the New Jersey Transit Village Initiative has flourished. Now the Initiative boasts 35 municipalities, all dedicated to revitalizing and redeveloping around their transit facilities in support of compact, mixed-use transit friendly neighborhoods. Join us for a discussion highlighting the Initiative’s successes and challenges, as it charts a course toward future opportunities in sustainable, transit friendly neighborhood.

Introduction: Stephanie DiPetrillo, NJTOD, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Moderator: Zoe Baldwin, Vice President, State Programs, Regional Plan Association

New Jersey’s Transit Villages:

  • Sheena Collum, Village President/Mayor, Township of South Orange Village; Executive Director, New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 
  • Jason Delia, Council President, Borough of Metuchen
  • Pallavi Shinde, Director of Planning, Department of Economic & Housing Development, City of Newark 

Policy and Transit Friendly Planning:

Moderator: Megan Massey, Assistant Director, Transit Friendly Planning, NJ TRANSIT

  • Tom Dallassio, Vice President of Policy, New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 
  • Christina Kata, State Programs, Regional Plan Association
  • Chris Sturm, Policy Director, Land Use, NJ Future

AICP credits pending