There are three metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) in New Jersey. The organizations are the main decision-making forums for selecting projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in deliberations involving the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), county and municipal transportation planners and engineers, other transportation implementing agencies, the public and elected officials at the state, county, and municipal levels.
The state’s three MPO are:
Projects that are identified as potential candidates for inclusion in the regional transportation improvement programs of each of the three MPOs are subject to intensive screening to verify project scope, status, schedule, and cost. The resulting “pool” of projects is analyzed independently by NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and the MPOs to assign each project a priority based on the extent to which it would advance identified regional and statewide objectives, such as objectives set forth in the state and regional long-range transportation plans, the New Jersey Capital Investment Strategy, air quality objectives, and the broad social and economic goals of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan.
NJDOT develops and circulates revenue projections for planning purposes to each of the MPOs, based on the best current assessment of available state, federal, and other funds. NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT and each of the three MPOs after intensive discussions and forums negotiate a list of deliverable transportation projects that best fit the composite statewide and regional priorities within a financially constrained program.