July 8, 2013

Princeton, NJ Transit agree to land swap for train project

Photo courtesy Adam E. Moreira, Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy Adam E. Moreira, Wikimedia Commons.

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Princeton Packet reported that NJ Transit and Princeton University agreed to a land swap that is essential for the school’s arts and transit project to move forward.

NJ Transit acquired a small parcel needed for realigning the tracks of the Dinky train that connects the campus with Princeton Junction. The university acquired a .84-acre parcel for the parking lot that it will build for the new train station.

The transit system will get $185,000 from the university — the amount representing the difference in value between the two parcels. For the full story, click here.

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  • Aaaron[ July 8th, 2013 @ 1:34pm ]

    This is a totally biased representation. What was done was an inside deal to substantially harm transit service and give away, for chump change, valuable public assets to a private self-serving entity. NJ Transit, whose ultimate decision maker, Governor Christy, is a ex-officio member of the Princeton University Board of Trustees, agreed to capitulate to the University's desires that "a train NOT go through its campus" and so that it can construct an access road to a car parking garage ( to make it more pleasant and easier to commute to the University by car) It is spending millions of tax-free dollars to more the train station farther away from the center of town, increasing the walk and bike distance to all those that walk or bike to/from the Princeton station (something that no architect or planner in the world would ever recommend and in violation of the basic tenets of Transit 101). Please look at www.savethedinky.org for all of the gory details.

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