Redevelopment and Safer Streets in Newark

Empowerment Through Traffic Calming

To secure capital improvements such as new crosswalks and flashing pedestrian signals at dangerous intersections, Tri-State has held walking audit tours and educational sessions with community groups like La Casa de Don Pedro, Meadowlink, and the One Newark Education Coalition.

ONEC Educational Sessions:

New Jersey is expected to grow by almost 1.4 million people in the next 20 years, which means that the state needs to decide where to put the additional residents.  In this light, Newark is uniquely poised to once again become a vibrant city and welcome a significant share of the state’s population growth.  However, the city must first reclaim one of its best assets – its transportation system.

High numbers of pedestrian fatalities are evidence of streets unsafe for walkers.  Major roads like McCarter Highway are designed to speed traffic into, out of, and through the city, with little consideration for the homes and businesses that line them.  Transit fare increases and service cuts hit city residents especially hard, as many are dependent on buses to get around.  And truck traffic frequently veers off of designated routes and into residential areas, spewing pollution as they barrel dangerously down neighborhood streets.

Tri-State works with community groups like La Casa de Don Pedro, Meadowlink, and the One Newark Education Coalition to address these issues. Safer and more attractive streets for pedestrians and better bus service mean more customers for local business, better access to jobs for city residents, and less pollution for everyone.

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