What is PRIME?

PRIME is a searchable online library of planning studies and their detailed need and recommendation findings from across the NJTPA region and its many partner agencies. Whether searching by category filters or by selecting locations on the map interface, PRIME's multi-agency, multi-modal findings inform planning context when researching places, facilities, and jurisdictions, and improve collaboration opportunities in more effectively planning and advancing projects.

PRIME 2.0 Upgrade

The NJTPA is advancing work to improve PRIME's capabilities and performance. Visit the PRIME 2.0 Upgrade project page to learn more about the project and progress updates. (Note that the remainder of this page and resources describe the existing version of PRIME.)

What Does PRIME Do?

  • Provides a central online application to manage, maintain and distribute planning study documents and findings.

  • Makes studies and their specific planning needs and recommendations fully searchable by agency, facility, jurisdiction, or other attributes.

  • Supports identifying relationships among study findings.

  • Generates customized summary reports.

  • Contains reporting tools to support collaborative discussions.

  • Supports the NJTPA’s performance-based planning and programming process by connecting transportation needs and recommendations with regional planning goals and investment strategies.

How Does PRIME Work?

PRIME searches and stratifies planning findings based on category, keyword, or custom map location filters. This information is organized in a tiered structure of planning products and their specific detail results as follows:

  • PRIME source records documents information about each planning study and policy. Reports or documentation are often attached.
  • Each source's specific mobility, safety, reliability, sustainability, equity and other findings are documented as need records. Examples include:
    • Delay or safety concerns at intersections and on roadways
    • Impediments to bicycle and pedestrian travel
    • Roads and bridges in need of repair or rehabilitation
  • Each source's specific solution or strategy findings to address the needs are documented as recommendations records. Examples include:PRIME_Scoping_Report
    • Proposed enhancements to public transit services
    • Upgrades to intersection signals, turn lanes and signs
    • New sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes
    • Safety, drainage and lighting improvements on roadways
  • Findings returned can be reported or exported for further planning uses.

How Can PRIME Support My Work Program?

  • Identify previous work within study areas for new studies and projects.

  • Screen capital program and engineering projects for location needs and policy context.

  • Support problem statement development and reviews.

  • Identify interagency partnering or collaboration opportunities.

  • Support grant program screenings and selection.

Who Can Access PRIME?

PRIME is designed to support work activities by NJTPA staff and staff from member subregional and partner agencies (NJDOT, PANYNJ and NJ TRANSIT).


For more information, please see the PRIME Introduction video or contact Jeffrey Vernick.