Linden Receives Transit Village Designation

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Mayor Richard Gerbounka

LINDEN – The City of Linden has been designated as a Transit Village by the state government. The Transit Village Initiative promotes Smart Growth by encouraging development in areas where infrastructure and public transit already exist. Linden is the 23rd municipality to receive the designation.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ Transit spearhead a multi-agency Smart Growth partnership known as the Transit Village Initiative. It creates incentives for municipalities to redevelop or revitalize the areas around transit stations using design standards of transit-oriented development. This helps municipalities create attractive, vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods where people can live, shop, work and play without relying on automobiles.

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In addition to community revitalization, the Transit Village Initiative seeks to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by increasing transit ridership. Studies have shown that adding residential housing options within walking distance of a transit facility–typically a one-half mile radius–increases transit ridership more than any other type of development. Therefore, one of the goals of the Transit Village Initiative is to bring more housing, business and people into the neighborhoods around transit stations.

The City of Linden Transit Oriented Development Committee has been working on this project with the state for over four years. The committee members are Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka, LEDC Executive Director and TOD Committee Chairman Ron Stefanowicz, Planning Board Chairman Joe LaPlaca, Planning Board member Armand Fioretti, City Engineer George Vircik, Linden SID Director Mike Bono, and T&M City Planner Rich Cramer.

Gerbounka said that he is extremely pleased with Linden’s Transit Village designation. It will give developers a major incentive to build residential housing around the train station, therefore encouraging local business and restaurants to establish themselves in the city’s transit-oriented development area to service this population, he added.


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