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Maintaining the performance of the northern New Jersey transportation system in serving one of the nation's most densely-populated regions presents many challenges. Improvements in the transportation system must be made compatible with the achievement of regional goals involving environment protection, quality of life, social equity, efficient land use and public safety. This page lists the goals and planning factors that guide NJTPA decision-making. They provide the foundation for the region's long-range transportation plan, Plan 2040.
The NJTPA is guided by six goals:
The NJTPA prioritizes proposed projects according to how well they meet criteria and performance measures related to each goal. The goals also provide direction for the NJTPA's planning activities and those of its member agencies. They were developed in 1995 based on discussions among members of the NJTPA Board, staff of member agencies and input received from diverse transportation "stakeholders."
NJTPA's goals are consistent with the priorities established in federal law. In particular, the current law governing MPO planning is the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which was signed into law on July 6, 2012. It requires performance-based planning, consolidates funding programs while providing more flexibility between them and streamlines certain aspects of project development. It establishes eight planning factors, each of which are related to NJTPA's goals, as follows:
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