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UpNext North Jersey

A poster of Lackawanna Station that advertises UpNext North Jersey.The NJTPA created UpNext North Jersey to engage young adults in our region in the transportation planning process. This new advisory group was established in the Public Engagement Plan that the NJTPA Board adopted in late 2018. It is open to residents in the NJTPA region who are ages 18 to 30. 

The NJTPA is recruiting members for the UpNext North Jersey advisory group. The group will be asked to provide input on the NJTPA’s next long range transportation plan, which will present a vision for the region through 2050, as well as other transportation planning projects and programs in the 13-county NJTPA region. 

As part of the programming, the NJTPA will provide UpNext North Jersey participants with unique opportunities to engage with thought-leaders and decision-makers throughout New Jersey.  Events are likely to include leadership training opportunities, trips and site visits to unique locations around the region, arts and cultural experiences, and opportunities to give back to their communities through volunteerism. The program aims to attract a broad range of young adults, not just those who are already engaged in planning or public policy fields.

Kickoff event announcementKickoff Event

We're hosting a kickoff event for people who submitted an application and were asked to participate in UpNext.

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Where: NJTPA (One Newark Center, Newark, NJ)
When: 6 to 8 p.m.

UpNext members are invited to come learn about the NJTPA, how they can help shape transportation planning efforts in the region and participate in an interactive event with coLAB Arts, a New Brunswick-based group that facilitiates conversations through innovative programs.

UpNext North Jersey is one several new initiatives aimed at reaching groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the transportation planning process. In the past, the NJTPA has used civic dinner parties, part of our Set the Table initiative, to engage young adults. This advisory group builds off of that effort.

Check out our Public Engagement Plan to learn more about how we work to involve the public in all that we do.