Gloucester County Rail Assessment
The Gloucester County Transit Expansion Framework Study supports ongoing efforts to extend light rail service from Camden to Glassboro, New Jersey. It is a comprehensive documentation of existing conditions and an assessment of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) readiness for each of the communities in which a station is proposed. Gloucester County hired Group Melvin Design in late 2011 to conduct the Study. Funding came through the DVRPC’s TCDI grant program.
Gloucester County is the fastest growing county in the Delaware Valley, and the only one lacking rail service despite its centrality in the overall commuter network. The Glassboro-Camden Line (GCL) will reduce congestion; increase commuter options to and from Philadelphia; and link residents with employment, retail, and entertainment nodes along its corridor by facilitating TOD. As a result, these communities are envisioned to become denser, more walkable, and characterized by a mix of uses in the vicinity of GCL stations.
Group Melvin Design collected local and regional data through in-person interviews, fieldwork, and digital research. GMD also gathered GIS data from a variety of sources and conducted an extensive review of relevant planning documents, including county and municipal Master Plans, Redevelopment Plans, zoning codes, and previous transit expansion studies. A series of meetings were held with municipal stakeholders and a public open house to present findings was conducted to complete the study.