"Partnership" is a key principle of the transportation planning process in northern New Jersey. The 13 counties and two major cities represented on the NJTPA Board -- known as "subregions" -- carry out transportation planning work that helps NJTPA identify and address regional-level transportation needs.
The NJTPA provides federal funding to support the planning work of the subregions. The funds are matched by a local contribution. As vital partners in regional planning work, the subregions help bring a local perspective to all aspects of NJTPA's work to improve the northern New Jersey transportation network.
This page describes many of the subregional planning activities supported by the NJTPA and highlights their recent accomplishments.
The Subregions – The NJTPA is composed of 15 "subregions" consisting of 13 counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren; and two cities: Newark and Jersey City. The links provide access to profiles and official web sites for each subregion.
Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) - Composed of planners and engineers from the subregions, the RTAC reviews regional issues. It meets bi-monthly. Its meeting agendas are normally posted on the NJTPA meeting calendar.
Subregional Transportation Planning (STP) program - This program provides funding to each subregion for essential transportation planning, programming and administrative activities that support regional needs assessment and strategy development. These activities include collecting data, analyzing project needs, facilitating public participation and sharing information. The activities are intended to support the goals and policies in the NJTPA Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Funding is allocated based on each subregion's population.Further details can be found in the NJTPA Unified Planning Work Program Volume II (pdf file: 404kb).
Subregional Study Program - This is a competitive program that provides two-year grants to individual subregions or subregional teams. The program is designed to assist subregions in refining and developing transportation improvement strategies rooted in the NJTPA’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Ultimately, the program aims to generate project concepts ready for further development or implementation consistent with the RTP and/or other transportation planning activities in the region. For information on current and past studies is available on the Subregional Study page.
Local Scoping/Local Lead Programs - Funding awards under these competitive programs occur on an annual basis, giving the NJTPA county and city subregions the opportunity to apply for federal funding to advance locally significant projects. Staff from both the NJTPA and NJDOT provide technical assistance and guidance for projects funded in these two programs. The Local Scoping program provides federal funds to subregions to advance proposed projects through preliminary engineering and federal environmental reviews. The Local Lead program provides funding to advance projects through final design, right-of-way and construction. For FY 2008,approximately $55 million in funding will be allocated for graduates of the Local Scoping Program.