Accessibility and Mobility Strategy Synthesis Planning > Regional Programs > Congestion Management > Accessibility and Mobility Strategy Synthesis > 2-Identify Needs Print 2-Identify Needs The performance measures were used to analyze the region’s transportation network and identify locations with mobility and accessibility problems or opportunities. In addition, needs were informed by local perspectives through the CMP Working Group and other studies. The Needs Assessment report includes maps, tables, and descriptions of identified needs. While “needs” generally reflect performance gaps or problems identified by regional stakeholders, they may also be characterized in regard to “opportunities” for improvement. The needs are organized by the following types of travel patterns (reflecting needs related to both local and regional movement): To/from Urban Areas and New York City: Focusing on regional scale movements from within the NJTPA region to/from urban areas in New Jersey, such as Newark and Jersey City, between urban areas in New Jersey, and to/from New York City, identified needs include Trans-Hudson transit capacity, transit crowding, bottlenecks and unreliable highways/major roadways, transit reliability issues, long and uncompetitive transit travel times from some areas, reverse commute challenges, and lack of connectivity between transportation service payment systems. Within Urban Areas: Focusing primarily on local-scale accessibility needs within urban areas, both large and small cities, identified needs include pedestrian safety/infrastructure needs, bicycle safety/infrastructure needs, congested and unreliable major roadways, bus reliability and crowding issues, needs for supportive transit infrastructure, and opportunities for micro-mobility options. Between and within Suburban Areas: Focusing on regional-level movements between suburbs and local-scale accessibility/mobility needs within suburbs (including older suburbs & towns and newer suburbs), identified needs include limited alternatives to driving (particularly for suburb-to-suburb travel and off-peak travel), park-and-ride capacity constraints, first-mile/last-mile challenges in accessing transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety/infrastructure, congested and unreliable major roadways, opportunities to reduce single-occupant vehicle travel, and needs for supportive transit infrastructure. Between and within Rural Areas: Focusing on both regional-level movements to/from rural towns and communities and local-scale issues and needs, identified needs include targeted transit needs/opportunities, park and ride availability, pedestrian and bicycle safety/infrastructure, and roadway reliability and safety issues. For Freight/Goods Movement: Reflecting the unique needs associated with goods movement, there is a separate discussion of freight-related issues and needs, reflecting both regional movements (across interstates and via rail/port), as well as local freight accessibility, relying primarily on existing NJTPA work. Identified needs include interstate truck reliability issues, congested freight corridors, truck access to warehouses and distribution centers, and rail capacity needs.