Central Jersey Forum

Voting Members Municipalities That Adopted Smart Growth Resolutions
April 2016 [1.3 MB pdf]

Starting in 1999, the Central Jersey Forum regularly meets to address concerns of municipalities in Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties focused on the US-1, US-130, and US-206 corridors. The key issues are east-west access; improving coordination of transportation and land use in this high growth, congested area; and transit. The goal of the Forum is to achieve improved and more integrated regional land use and transportation planning that will result in better quality of community life.

The Forum has a formal voting structure to speak as a strong and effective regional voice for central New Jersey. It is action-oriented and guided by municipal/county leadership. The current Chair is:

  • Bill Neary, Executive Director of Keep Middlesex Moving TMA and former mayor of East Brunswick Township

The Forum’s Steering Committee includes the Chair; the Chairs of the two action teams; representatives from Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties; NJDOT and NJ Transit; DVRPC and NJTPA; Keep Middlesex Moving TMA and Greater Mercer TMA; and a municipal representative.

High-level representatives from 25 municipalities, three counties, numerous state agencies, and other organizations meet three times per year to coordinate, discuss transportation and land use issues, and implement solutions. This partnership is facilitated by DVRPC and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), and is coordinated with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Forum Accomplishments Forum Accomplishments
June 2016 [0.7 MB pdf]

Action Teams

View resources and learn about the activities of the Forum's Route 1 Regional Growth Strategy (Rt1RGS) Action Team and Transit Action Team.


Find out when the next meeting is scheduled and review the Forum's agendas and meeting summaries.

Web Maps and Planned Projects

The Forum tracks the status of major transportation projects and proposed land use development affecting Central Jersey and the US-1 and US-206 corridors.


The Forum has pursued the study of a possible Bus Rapid Transit system in the Route 1 corridor. Read about the study scope and results, and find links to other resources on BRT.

NJDOT US 1 Regional Growth Strategy

New Jersey Department of Transportation, with the assistance of the Forum and the several municipalities, counties, private-sector stakeholders and state agency partners will evaluate and propose strategies that will lead to Smart Growth outcomes for the Route 1 Corridor in Central New Jersey.

Smart Growth Best Practices Brochure [1.3 MB pdf]

This short publication by the Central Jersey Transportation Forum is a quick-reference guide for mayors, members of governing bodies, and planning boards in Central New Jersey who are looking to address development impacts in their municipality.