Our Region

The New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area is an interconnected region linked by a common housing and labor market, defined by shared coastlines, water bodies and mountain ranges, and connected by networks of railroads, roadways, power lines and communications infrastructure.

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23 million


13 thousand

Square Miles

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The people who live and work in the region depend on a common environment and economy extending from Trenton, NJ to New Haven, CT, and from the Catskill Mountains to the east end of Long Island.

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The severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the tri-state region has reinforced how our states and communities are connected.

People of the Region

One of the world’s leading metropolitan economies, the region now accounts for approximately 10% of the United States’ GDP. However, too few residents share in this prosperity.


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RPA region transportation

390+ rail stations 2,000+ track miles

Our region is served by one of the most extensive transit systems in the world.

Our Region MTA Bus

4.2 Billion Annual Transit Rides

Transportation is the backbone of the region’s economy, providing access to jobs and education and enabling intra-city and inter-state travel.

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79-minute average flight delay at JFK, LGA, EWR

Yet, we are outgrowing this aging system, which is increasingly unable to meet the region’s changing needs.

Housing & Neighborhood Planning

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Housing & Neighborhood Planning
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Our Region Public Housing

238,876 public housing units

Wherever they choose to live in the region, people seek many of the same things: an affordable home, a good job within commuting distance, safe streets, a healthy environment, and good schools.

Areas at Risk of Displacement

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Yet our region is one of the least affordable and most segregated metropolitan areas in the US, and our housing growth has not kept pace with our economy.

We need communities that are healthy, welcoming, enjoyable and affordable and not just one or some of these things, but all.

Energy & Environment

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Energy & Environment
Our Region Delaware Water Gap

2,000,000 acres of protected open space

RPA region openspace

Our environment plays an essential role in ensuring the health and well-being of the region.

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78% of historic wetlands have been lost to development

For most of RPA’s history, threats to our region’s environment came from the encroachment of development upon open space.

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3,700 miles of coastline

Our Region Coastline

2,000,000 people in 2050 flood zone

Today, climate change threatens — and is already transforming — the region’s environment.

We must rise to the challenge of climate change by decarbonizing the region and adapting to our changing coastline without triggering other crises of equity, affordability or economic decline.


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RPA region municipalities

More than 800 state, county, and municipal governments make decisions with impacts across our one region.

Public Input

Most of our public institutions were established in a different era. They were not structured to solve the challenges of climate change and affordability that our region faces today.

How Do Towns Treat Multi-Family Housing?

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Each municipality is responsible for its own decisions about land use, property taxes, and schools — despite this structure increasing costs, creating sprawl, and exacerbating inequality.

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$22+ billion of unmet disaster recovery after Superstorm Sandy

Faced with new challenges such as climate change, public institutions are slow to take action, and do so piecemeal and without adequate funding.

We must reform public bodies for the 21st century, increase participation in government, and make planning more inclusive to create a region that works for all of us.