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The Week in TOD News June 29-July 5, 2019

An artistic rendering of parcels A & C of the Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment in Vancouver, BC. Courtesy of IPI Group.

NJ TOD News
Artistic rendering of Somerville transit village, built on former landfill. Source: Somerville Station Area & Landfill Vision Plan.
Artistic rendering of Somerville transit village, built on former landfill. Source: Somerville Station Area & Landfill Vision Plan.

Somerville Landfill Transit Village Expected to Be Completed in 2023
Mike Deak, Bridgewater Courier News, July 1, 2019
Somerset Development has purchased the portion of the Somerville Landfill immediately adjacent to the Somerville Station from NJ TRANSIT for $11 million. The station is located on the Raritan Valley Line. The planned mixed-use project, called the Somerset Station Transit Village, will create 4,000 square feet of retail space, 370 apartments, 156 townhomes, two parking garages and a 4,000 square-foot community civic center on the 31-acre site. Phased construction of the transit-oriented community is expected to begin later this summer with completion anticipated in 2023.

Financing Approved for 40-Acre Transit Village in Somerville
Rod Hirsch, TAPinto, July 1, 2019
In another step forward for the Somerset Station Transit Village project, developer Somerset Development has secured critical financing from Investors Bank. The project is a key component in the long-awaited transformation of the Borough’s Landfill Redevelopment Area into a vibrant transit village. Developers continue to hold meetings with local, county, and state officials to work out the details of the project. The project is based on a “wish list” included in the Borough’s Master Plan.

A aerial-view rendering of the planned mixed-use development project, Riverton, that will revitalize and transform Sayreville into a fully walkable city. Courtesy of North American Properties.
A aerial-view rendering of the planned mixed-use development project, Riverton, designed to revitalize and transform Sayreville into a fully walkable city. Courtesy of North American Properties

A Mega-Metropolis is Developing in Sayreville
Linda Lindner, NJ Biz, July 1, 2019
North American Properties and Cooper Robertson have partnered to redevelop 418 acres of brownfield in Sayreville into a mixed-use, village-style development spanning two miles along the banks of the Raritan River. The $2.5 billion mixed-use project, Riverton, is planned to create a fully walkable city layout to include 2 million square feet of entertainment space, retail, housing, hotels, offices and various other commercial uses. The development would be the largest mixed-use project in the state. The first phase of construction for the project is scheduled to begin in spring 2020 with planned openings as early as 2021.

Sherrill Welcomes ‘The Station’ to Morris County’s Innovation Economy
Beth Kujan, Morristown Green, July 2, 2019
The first co-working space in downtown Chatham, The Station, held its grand opening on Tuesday. The Station is supported by the Morris County initiative Startup Moveup Morris, a program focusing on small businesses and promoting co-working spaces, incubators and accelerator projects in municipalities across Morris County. Boxcar, which has moved its headquarters to The Station, will rent desks to businesses, and offer scooters to its employees to encourage this transport mode.

Regional and National TOD News

Google Maps Can Now Warn You about How Crowded Buses and Trains Are
Dalvin Brown, USA Today, June 28, 2019
Google has announced two new features in the Google Maps app. One predicts how crowded a bus will be at a specific time of day. The prediction is based on data Google collected by asking app users about crowding conditions on their bus. The app will tell users whether their transportation option has seats available or if there is “standing room only.” The other new feature, “live traffic delays,” will inform commuters of any bus delays, information on the duration of the delay, and the current location of the bus. The new features will be available in select cities.

An inbound Blue Line train arriving at Orients Heights Station in Boston. Image by user Pi.1415926535, licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0.
An inbound Blue Line train arriving at Orient Heights Station in Boston. Image by user Pi.1415926535, licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

BPDA Approves the Transit-Oriented Development in Maverick Square Project
John Lynda, East Boston Times, June 29, 2019
The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved a proposal submitted by the MG2 Group (MG2) for a mixed-use project at 2-10 Maverick Square. Located directly across from the MBTA’s Blue Line at Maverick Station, MG2’s project will transform the vacant site into a striking, six-story building comprised of an estimated 10,710 square feet of retail, commercial, and restaurant space, as well as 25 residential rental units. The project will provide about $40,000 in public realm improvements and additional  funding for a “Transportation Action Plan” for the PLAN: East Boston study area.

ODOT Creates Office for Mass Transit
Christian Tabak, The Journal Record, July 1, 2019
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has publicized the creation of the Office of Mobility and Public Transit. The newly formed office was enacted under House Bill 1365 to coordinate statewide efforts to expand public transportation infrastructure. The legislation created a major statewide public transit policy to address major expansions to existing networks. The Office will be responsible for managing the state’s public transit systems and federal grants awarded to the agency, with the goal of improving the quality of transit across the state, particularly in less-connected, rural areas.

New U-Pass Program Allows Free Public Transportation to UNR, TMCC Students
Taylor Johnson, The Nevada Sagebrush, July 2, 2019
As part of a new, two-year U-Pass Pilot Program, students, faculty and staff of the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College are able to show their school IDs to receive free rides on any RTC fixed route. The U-Pass Pilot Program, implemented by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), aims to help ease traffic congestion on campus, reduce the number of cars around campus as a solution for better parking, reduce carbon emissions, and create more public transportation awareness.

Train on the Lake Street Bridge, crossing the Chicago River. Image by user Smithfl, licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0
Train on the Lake Street Bridge, crossing the Chicago River. Image by user Smithfl, licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

Here’s What Pritzker’s $45B Capital Bill Means for Chicago Transportation Projects
Ryan Smith, Curbed Chicago, July 2, 2019
On Friday, Illinois governor J.B Pritzker signed a $45 billion capital spending plan, Rebuild Illinois, into law. The statewide program will be primarily funded by doubling Illinois’ 19-cent-per gallon gas tax. The law provides $4.5 billion in funding for mass transit, $1.1 billion for rail projects, $50 million in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects, and $25.3 billion of state, federal, and local funds for roads and bridges. The law allocates $33.2 billion for Chicago transportation projects over the next six years.

International TOD News
An artistic rendering of parcels A & C of the Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment. Courtesy of IPI Group.
An artistic rendering of parcels A & C of the Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment. Courtesy of IPI Group

Three ‘Sculpted’ Towers Coming to the Corner of Cambie and 57th Avenue
Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive, June 28, 2019
Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment, a 25-acre Onni Group development project in Vancouver, has entered the development permitting stage. The redevelopment plans include three, mixed-use towers at 500 West 57th Avenue. A pedestrian-only mall, lined with retail and restaurants, will connect to the plaza of a possible Canada Line underground station at 57th Avenue.

New Rail Project to Connect Gurgaon, Faridabad with Other Districts of Haryana
Live Mint, July 1, 2019
The board of the Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corp Ltd (HRIDC) in New Delhi approved the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project on June 29. The Project is a new 130-kilometer, double rail line connecting Palwal to Sonipat, with completion anticipated for February 2020. The project aims to boost development along the KMP Expressway economic corridor running from Palwal to Sonipat, and to ease congestion and pollution in Delhi.

Entrance gates at Dordrecht station (2016). Image by user Henk Bezemer, licensed by CC-BY-SA-4.0
Entrance gates at Dordrecht station (2016). Image by user Henk Bezemer, licensed by CC-BY-SA-4.0

Public Transit to Take Contactless Debit Cards, Smartphone Payments
Zack Newmark, NL Times, July 3, 2019
The Dutch Government aims to begin phasing out the current payment method for public transportation, the OV Chipkaart, to make way for new payment options to be available beginning in 2021. The current OV card system does not easily accommodate other payment methods, and does not guarantee necessary technical support into the future. The NS, the national public rail authority, announced plans to test the use of contactless debit card systems as the alternative to the OV card, which will be eliminated by 2023.