The NJTPA is currently engaged in a multi-year climate change initiatives program, including:
Support for subregional climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, including greenhouse gas emissions inventories and forecasts.
A region-wide inventory and analysis of vulnerable infrastructure to future climate change impacts.
Evaluation of greenhouse gas reduction options and development of a regional GHG reduction action plan.
Coordination of NJTPA climate change efforts with local, regional, and state agencies.
Among the expected impacts of climate change and elevated Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in the atmosphere are altered weather patterns, including heavier precipitation events, hotter summertime temperatures, elevated summertime ozone levels, and increased drought. These weather-related impacts, as well as rising sea levels, present threats to the region’s transportation infrastructure and low-lying areas within the region.
Transportation strategies will play a key role in meeting both GHG reduction goals as well as other NJTPA regional goals. Transportation accounts for 28 percent of direct GHG emissions in the NJTPA region and this share is projected to increase relative to other sectors.
To explore transportation strategies and other climate measures, the NJTPA hosts meetings of a Climate Change Working Group which consists of a wide cross-section of stakeholders who explore research and actions that will help reduce global warming emissions and address energy availability.
In addition, the NJTPA sponsors and conducts studies addressing climate change issues. These include:
NJTPA and Alternative Fuels Vehicles
National attention to alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) has grown dramatically in recent years, largely because of their potential health, environmental and economic benefits. Efforts to encourage the increased use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs), in particular electric vehicles are taking place at the national, state, and local level. The NJTPA has developed several publications that address what AFVs are, their benefits to the region, efforts taking place in New Jersey to promote them and how to develop a plan for their use. In addition, the NJTPA has developed an online EV Resource Library that can be used by local governments, businesses, and Transportation Management Associations to learn more about EVs and understand what steps they can take to accelerate adoption.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation Plan
The GHG Mitigation Plan analyses over two dozen strategies for their effectiveness to reduce GHG emissions, including land use policies, enhanced Transportation Demand Management measures, electric and alternative fueled vehicles and active corridor management strategies.
Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
In 2010, a partnership of New Jersey state agencies and Metropolitan Planning Organizations was awarded a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct a Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of transportation infrastructure from the impacts of climate change. The primary objective of this project is to pilot FHWA’s Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Conceptual Model using New Jersey as a case study, providing feedback for the advancement of the Conceptual Model as well as develop a greater awareness and understanding of the potential effects of climate change on transportation infrastructure in New Jersey.
NY-NJ-CT Hurricane Sandy Follow-up Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Analysis
This research project examined the impacts on the transportation system from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and identify strategies to protect select transportation assets from the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.
Region-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Project
The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority conducted a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and forecast (I&F) for the entire NJTPA region. Project goal were to develop a region-side inventory of GHG emissions for a base year; allocate GHG emissions down to the county and municipality level; forecast GHG emissions for calendar years 2020, 2035, and 2050; assist sub-regions in their greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation efforts.