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Jan 2022

Regional Plan Association's 100-Year History in New Jersey

RPA explores our history in New Jersey through archival reports, photographs, and more as we celebrate our centennial.

Key RPA contributions in New Jersey


1920s - 1940s: Connecting NJ to the Region and Determining which Land to Protect

RPA NJ History First Plan Page 540

Proposal for Newark Penn Station from the Regional Plan of New York and Its Environs

Connecting New Jersey to the Region

1 RP Trunk Line Railroad system Map 1 RP Suburban Rapid transit plan Map 1st Plan transit diagram
1st Plan Paterson environs aerial perspective
1928 General Plan of the Park System 150

Prior to the publication of the First Regional Plan, RPA created a series of maps documenting parks, rail lines, highways, and land use in the region and proposing improvements.

RPA NJ History 1940 Regional Highway Plan copy

1950s - 1970s: Investing in Public Transit, Cities, and Open Space

1963 Regional Rail Models RPA News chart3
New Jersey Cities

Image from RPA’s 1979 report New Jersey Cities


1980s - 1990s: Reclaiming Brownfields and Waterfronts

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In the 1990s RPA’s Metropolitan Brownfields Initiative identified brownfields sites in New Jersey that could be remediated.

Dodson Associates


2000s - 2020s: Making Investments that Work for All Residents

2006 Newark2

Image from RPA’s Draft Vision Planfor Newark

Why Chronic Floods are Coming to New Jersey

RPA Vice President for Energy and Environment Rob Freudenberg describes the role which New Jersey’s Meadowlands play in softening the impacts of climate change.



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