Essex County Conducts Transportation Planning Study; Seeks Public Input

Essex County has announced that it is developing a transportation plan for 2045. An announcement from the county said, “To support this effort, we want to understand the needs of our transportation system users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders so we can address emerging issues in mobility, access, safety, economic opportunity, social equity, and post-COVID-19 needs.”

County planner David Antonio, who is coordinating the project for the county, will make a presentation at the Coalition’s meeting on Monday evening, October 24. It has not been determined at press time whether or not the Coalition meeting will be considered an official “outreach” event for the project, but Antonio says that he will note attendees’ comments and suggestions and bring them to the attention of the consultants who are conducting the study.

The e-mail for contacting the project team is essex2045@gmail.com, and the phone number is 973/433.5953.

Essex County, especially Newark, is host to several of NJ Transit’s rail lines. The Morris & Essex and Montclair lines, two of the Coalition’s primary lines of concern, traverse the county and connect with several local bus lines and the Newark Light Rail. The Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, and Raritan Lines also serve the county through Newark Penn Station, where Amtrak trains also stop. In addition, that facility also hosts PATH trains to Manhattan and Hudson County, as well as the Newark Light Rail and many local bus routes.

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