New Jersey's Transit Should Be An Example For Connecticut To Follow

<p>Connecticut could learn a lesson from neighboring New Jersey about how to improve its transit infrastructure.</p>
September 18, 2007, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Since the late '90s, the Garden State has changed. By overhauling urban growth policies, New Jersey officials have effected a sweeping reversal of its development patterns, image and business climate."

"The key has been transit. New Jersey has revamped and expanded its network of rail lines serving nearly all of its urban centers, and has coupled this with policies that foster urban growth along the rail lines. A decade into this drive, New Jersey has become a burgeoning model for urban growth and transit-oriented development in the U.S. Alas, these ideas are just getting off the drawing board in Connecticut."

"New Jersey's state government, starting with the Christine Todd Whitman administration and continuing under Govs. James McGreevy and Jon Corzine, recognized the impact of these problems and urgently looked for ways to resolve them. Mrs. Whitman emphasized the business need for better transportation."

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Published on Sunday, September 16, 2007 in The Hartford Courant
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