Rahway becomes the seventh
community to join Transit Village program
Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox announced that the City of Rahway has been accepted for inclusion in the state’s Transit Village program, which partners the city with several state agencies to help implement redevelopment goals at and around the Rahway train station.
“Rahway is aggressively implementing its smart growth vision for redevelopment that meets all the criteria for the Transit Village program,” Commissioner Fox said. “The city is taking all the necessary steps to work a plan that can transform its downtown area. NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT and the other partnering agencies stand ready to help Rahway achieve its goals.”
The Transit Village program is designed to spur economic development, urban revitalization and private-sector investment around passenger rail stations. A designated Transit Village is a community with a bus or train station that has developed a plan to achieve its goals.
To be designated, a municipality must demonstrate a commitment to smart growth planning and transit-oriented development, including mixed-use development with a quarter- to half- mile of the transportation facility, as well as an additional commitment to maintain the architectural history of the area, create housing, cultural and commercial opportunities within walking distance of the facility.
Rahway is the seventh municipality to win a Transit Village designation. The other municipalities are Morristown, Pleasantville, Rutherford, South Amboy, South Orange and Riverside.
The Transit Village initiative helps to advance the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, while promoting public transit, growth and partnerships with the private sector. Municipalities that are designated as Transit Villages will be given priority consideration for funding and technical assistance by the participating agencies.
Other participating agencies include, the NJ Commerce and Economic Growth Commission, NJ Department of Community Affairs, NJ Redevelopment Authority, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, NJ State Council on the Arts, NJ Economic Development Authority, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and the NJ Office of State Planning.