South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization


SJTPO’s Vision

A transportation system based on regional collaboration that moves people and goods in a safe and efficient manner, inclusive of all modes and users.

Transportation Planning

The South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties in southern New Jersey. Formed in 1993, SJTPO serves as a technical resource, provides access to funding, and works to provide a regional approach to address transportation planning and engineering issues.

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Organizational Structure

The governing body of the SJTPO is the Policy Board. The Policy Board provides direction and oversight and makes all final decisions on administrative, personnel, and financial matters, along with the approval of SJTPO’s transportation planning documents and programs. The Policy Board consists of eleven voting members: one elected official from each county government, one municipal elected official from each county (specifically including the mayors of Atlantic City and Vineland), and one representative each from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority. The Policy Board is informed by recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), a committee of planning and engineering experts in the region.

Federal Legislation

Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) were introduced by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962. Congress created MPOs in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures of governmental funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (“3‑C”) planning process. Transparency through public access to participation in the planning process and electronic publication of plans now is required by federal law.

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Regions Served by SJTPO

New Jersey flag flying next to USA flagThe South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization engages in various local and regional planning projects throughout the counties of Atlantic, Cumberland, Cape May, and Salem.

Map of the SJTPO Service Area
Atlantic County Cape May County Cumberland County Salem County

Atlantic County

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As of the 2020 census, the county was the state's 15th-most-populous county with a population of 274,534. Its county seat is the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township.

The most populous place in Atlantic County was Egg Harbor Township, with 47,842 residents as of the 2020 census. Galloway Township, covering 115.21 square miles, has the largest total area of any municipality, though Hamilton Township has the largest land area, covering 111.13 square miles.

Cape May County

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Cape May County is the southernmost county in the state, with much of the county is located on the Cape May peninsula, bound by the Delaware Bay to its west and the Atlantic Ocean to its south and east.

Adjacent to the Atlantic coastline are five barrier islands that have been built up as seaside resorts. A consistently popular summer destination with 30 miles of beaches, Cape May County attracts vacationers from New Jersey and surrounding states, with the summer population exceeding 750,000.

Tourism is the county's single largest industry and the associated leisure and hospitality industries are Cape May's largest employers. Its county seat is the Cape May Court House section of Middle Township. As of the 2020 census, the county was the state's second-least populous county with a population of 95,263.

Cumberland County

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As of the 2020 census, the county is the state's 16th-most-populous county with a population of 154,152. Its county seat is Bridgeton. Cumberland County is named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland and was formally created from portions of Salem County in 1748.

The most populous municipality is Vineland, with a 2020 population of 60,780. The largest municipality by area is Maurice River Township, covering 95.76 square miles.

Salem County

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Salem County is the westernmost county in the state of New Jersey. Its western boundary is formed by the Delaware River and  the Delaware Memorial Bridge connects the county with New Castle, DE. Its county seat is Salem.

As of the 2020 census, the county retained its position as the state's least-populous county with a population of 64,837. The most populous place in Salem County is Pennsville Township with 12,684 residents as of the 2020 Census. Lower Alloways Creek Township covers 72.46 square miles, the largest total area of any municipality.