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Accessibility and Mobility Strategy Synthesis

    The NJTPA is updating its Congestion Management Process (CMP) to better characterize and communicate system performance regarding accessibility and mobility, and to support decision making about practical strategies to implement.

    The CMP relies on both analysis of data and gathering of input on locally identified needs. Recognizing the diversity of the region, from large cities to rural areas, types of transportation issues and challenges vary and will call for different types of strategies.

    A CMP Working Group is engaged, composed of representatives of local governments and transportation agencies across the region. Additionally, a Transportation Equity Survey was circulated to the working group and various community groups in order to gather insight regarding regional transportation equity issues. The CMP update will be completed in Summer 2021.

    Key parts of the study involve:
    • Objectives and Performance Measures. The study team identified objectives, which define what the region is trying to achieve with regard to accessibility and mobility. Objectives provide the basis for multimodal performance measures used to identify locations with issues/needs and to assess their magnitude.
    • Performance Measurement and Needs Assessment. The performance measures were used to analyze the region’s transportation network and identify locations with mobility and accessibility problems or opportunities. Needs are informed by local perspectives through the CMP Working Group. Maps, tables, and a narrative about the performance of the transportation system will summarize the region’s mobility and accessibility needs.
    • Equity Assessment. The team explored the mobility and accessibility outcomes for different socio-demographic groups. These included both environmental justice populations (minority and/or low-income populations) and other groups (e.g., seniors, persons with disabilities, limited English proficiency, etc.). The equity assessment is being used to identify disparities in accessibility/mobility, as well as to identify needs particular to these groups. Additional local perspectives were gained in this task through the Transportation Equity Survey.
    • Strategy Identification and Assignment. The needs assessment and equity assessment are being used as a basis to identify strategies. Strategies represent potentially beneficial actions in appropriate locations that the NJTPA might advance through the long-range transportation plan, through follow-up studies, by funding projects or programs in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), in other ongoing programs, or by encouraging and coordinating with partner agency implementers.
    • CMP Regional Assessment Report. Finally, all aspects of the study will be summarized into a CMP regional assessment report for Northern New Jersey. The report will incorporate the regional transportation narrative started in the needs assessment, will describe the needs and equity assessment, and will explain where and why identified strategies are appropriate to advance.

    For more information contact: Eugene McGuinness [email protected]