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6 - Presentation of Available Land Use Data Using TransCAD

The primary purpose of this working paper is to present available land use information for New Jersey State at county and municipality level (where available). Land use research is important for many scientific, ecological and land management purposes. Land use/land cover maps tell us how much of the landscape is changing, as well as what changes have occurred and where the changes are taking place.

1- Outlining Objectives, Approach and Structure of Study

The overall goal of this project is to assess the impact of planned transport infrastructure investment projects on travel behavior and economic development in New Jersey. The proposal for this research project discusses 5 main objectives for this study. The purpose of this working paper is to review these objectives, provide basic definitions, highlight key issues and suggest methodologies to accomplish these objectives. In addition this paper suggests a general structural framework and outlines the main tasks and phases to follow.

12 - Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between Accessibility and Economic Development

One of the key factors that play a pivotal role in a region's economic well being is the presence of a reliable and efficient transportation infrastructure. This is mainly due to the fact that a well-developed transportation system provides adequate access to the region, which in turn, is a necessary condition for the efficient operation of manufacturing, retail, labor and housing markets.

5 - Employment Trends in the Study Area

<p>The objective of this working paper is to show trends in employment in different industries in the study area. Two sets of tables and figures are presented to illustrate these trends. Tables 1A through 1D, and figures 1 through 10 show trends in non-farm employment for different labor areas from 1980 to 1999. Labor areas are also called Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSA?s). In some cases, these labor areas consist of several counties. The study area consists of 14 counties that form 7 labor areas as indicated in the following table.

2- Discussion of Alternative Modeling Frameworks

The main objectives of this paper are to briefly discuss the alternative modeling frameworks and address some of the key questions in anticipation to the modeling components of the New Jersey's Links to the 21st Century project. This report reviews the spectrum of modeling options seeking to balance the needs of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the practicality of the different approaches, their conceptual validity, and the corresponding potential for research contributions.

New Jersey's Link to the 21st Century: DEVELOPMENT OF THE SERVICE EMPLOYMENT MULTIPLIER-Working Paper No. 7 Maximizing the Impact of Infrastructure Investments

<p>A central component of the New Jersey: Link to the 21st Century project is the calibration of TRANUS, a land use-transportation model, for use in the study of northern New Jersey. The model will be used to forecast the impact of transportation investments on economic activity in the study area. Within TRANUS, the distribution of population within the region will be a function of basic (e.g., manufacturing) economic activity, which will be exogenous to the model.

New Jersey's Link to the 21st Century:Maximizing the Impact of Infrastructure Investments: Available Data and Data Source DescriptionandReview of Selected Related Papers-Working Paper #3

<p>An improvement in the transportation system in a certain area will have an impact on accessibility, which in turn may affect land use, economic development and travel patterns in that region. How large is this impact on each of the above mentioned issues? This can be measured by observing the changes in certain indicators such as population, income level, employment rate, land use patterns, and transportation system characteristics of this region.

New Jersey's Link to the 21st Century:Maximizing the Impact of Infrastructure Investments: MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIPBETWEEN TRANSIT ACCESSIBILITY ANDRESIDENTIAL LOCATION CHOICE-Working Paper No. 11

<p>The importance of commuter rail as a transit mode has increased with the expansion of services to new metropolitan areas, such as San Diego, Los Angeles, South Florida, Dallas, and Washington, D.C., and with the expansion of existing services in areas of New York, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. This expansion of services can have economic impacts in the communities served by rail stations. Some of the economic impacts of a commuter rail service have been studied.

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