How Transit Could Guide Future Housing Construction in Princeton and New Jersey

An NJ Transit train arriving at Raritan station. (click to expand)

The question of where Princeton will add new affordable housing looks set to be answered in the coming weeks, with the town’s attorney describing negotiations on a housing settlement as “in the final stretch“. The addition of new affordable housing is necessary to comply with state law and to provide homes for people who live and work in the Princeton area. The sites for new housing in other towns often seem poorly planned, however, such as the plan that was passed by West Windsor last year, which envisioned several large apartment blocks in fields that are not particularly close to anything. Several of these sites are likely to be very dependent on car use, further reinforcing planning based around cars and traffic. Is there a better way? A proposal from a local planner (author of “A Smart Growth Vision for the Princeton Region“) potentially offers an alternative.

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Measuring Traffic Delay From the Alexander Street Bridge Closure

Construction beginning to replace bridges on Alexander Street in Princeton, October 2019 (click to expand)

For several months, Princeton elected officials, business leaders, police and local media have been warning about what is assumed will be a minor disaster: the closure of Alexander Street to allow replacement of defunct bridges over the Stony Brook and D&R canal. The fear seems reasonable. Alexander Street is used for approximately 8,000 daily motor vehicle trips. If those vehicles cannot use Alexander Street, it is assumed that they will move to other roads, and cause traffic chaos there. But how bad is it really going to be? We set out to measure traffic before and after the closure of the road.
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Planning Board To Vote On New Princeton Univ. Residential Colleges

Rendering of proposed new Princeton University Residential Colleges #7 and #8. (click to expand)

The Princeton Planning Board will meet on Thursday night (October 17) to discuss what is likely to be one of the largest developments in town in the coming decade. Princeton University is proposing to build two new residential colleges, to allow an expansion in their undergraduate body. The new site plans suggest a modern look for the colleges, designed by Deborah Berke Partners, consistent with the ‘concept plant’ discussed earlier this year. Continue reading

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Bikeshare Dock Removed From Princeton Town Hall After Funding Cut

Former bikeshare dock at Princeton Town Hall, 400 Witherspoon Street. (click to expand)

The bikeshare dock next to Community Park Pool at Princeton Town Hall has been removed. The dock previously held six ‘Zagster’ bicycles, which were available for borrowing by members of the local bikeshare program, which was set up in November 2014. A spokesperson from the company confirmed that the bikes had been removed because of a lack of funding.

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On-Demand Transit Could Help Riders Reach Princeton ‘Dinky’ Train

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announcing new ‘on-demand’ transit system earlier this week. (Image via @yating_liu, click to expand)

‘Princeton Future’ is hosting a community discussion “Changing The Way We Get Around” at Princeton Public Library this  Saturday (Sep 26) and it has been getting quite a lot of attention in local media.  A group of Princeton University students, under the guidance of transportation expert, Prof. Alain Kornhauser, will present their proposal for ‘on-demand’ transit. Outlines of the proposal were already discussed at the town’s Public Transit Advisory Committee on July 9. The students envisage a fleet of shuttles, potentially self-driving vehicles, which could be summoned by a smartphone to take a passenger wherever they need to go. In contrast to traditional, fixed-route buses, these ‘on-demand’ vehicles would go wherever they were needed. At the Princeton Future meeting, the students will discuss the plans and seek feedback on what areas would benefit most from this service. Continue reading

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Renting in Princeton: How Much Should You Expect To Pay in 2019?

The Avalon Princeton apartment complex (click to expand)

With a new school year starting, many people will be moving to Princeton. How much should you expect to pay for apartment rentals? We took a look through the listings to try to find out what the going rate is for apartments in central Princeton in August 2019.

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Consultants Recommend Intersection Design Changes To Speed Traffic at Cherry Hill Rd and US-206 in Princeton

Intersection of Cherry Hill Road, Mt Lucas Road, and US-206 in Princeton. (click to expand)

Earlier this year, the town of Princeton closed part of Terhune Road to provide space for a parking lot for a new PFARS ambulance station. The town did not have a workable traffic management plan in place at the time of the road closure, and drivers who formerly used Terhune Road to access Route 206 have mostly detoured to the intersection with Cherry Hill Road. Neighboring residents have found that the intersection of Cherry Hill Road and Route 206 is now subject to serious delays, and drivers struggle to safely turn onto Route 206. To try to resolve these issues, the town hired consultants to attempt to find ways to speed traffic through the intersection. In a report to Council in July, they suggested design changes for the intersection that might improve the flow of car traffic. Continue reading

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