Its not every day that you come across such proposed ideas, which seems just perfect to both engineers and planners. The addition of a train station on the northeast corridor line will be bringing in about 525,000 square feet of retail space, 195,000 square feet of office space, 124 room hotel, about 1800 residential units, besides the usual parking lot and a bus service. The existing train line has a long route between Princeton Junction and Jersey avenue. Adding a train station in between these two stop would be a huge help to commuters and will also attract more population towards using the train services.
Apart from its service benefits it has many other benefits. The transit village will be a self-sustained community and will have very minimal impact on the municipal services; it will also create more jobs looking at the number of retail space there is. It also has a Costco and a Target as a part of the development, which will be creating a tremendous attraction for shoppers living in the surrounding areas and also a great convenience to the future residents of the transit village. Transit oriented development are a good attraction for a vibrant lifestyle, for the mostly young and working class population. Talking about the smart growth redevelopment, this development has all the perks of smart growth like walk able neighborhoods, mass transit accessibility, sustainable economic and social development, and preserved forested open space.
So what do we learn form this example? Having to commute to Rutgers using the NJ transit, I had the opportunity to observe many issues in our infrastructure that affects us on a daily bases. Taking a train from metropark to New Brunsiwck is quite efficient rather than driving, but sometime just getting to metropark on time has been a big issue. So instead of taking a bus or driving and dealing with the congested traffic, I decided to ride my bike to the train station but since metro park is surrounded by heavy traffic from RT-27, Park way and RT1 riding a bike might sometimes get a bit dangerous , even though there are signs that warn the drivers to share lanes with bicyclists. If you have rush hour commute that goes through the metro park station area, you must have noticed that it would take hours to get by and if you are going to catch a train be prepared to miss the train because of traffic. Even picking up a friend or family form metro park station during the rush hour is going through a disastrous traffic intersection. Transforming this station into a transit-oriented development would definitely help this issue and also benefit the surrounding environment. The station is currently mostly surrounded by industrial/office land use. The main entrance to the station is a traffic signal, which is a huge source of the traffic jam during peak hours. If a more advance plan is to be proposed to apply some features of the transit oriented development, then a better traffic solution can be applied to relieve congestion in this particular area and also improve the infrastructure of the neighborhood surrounding Metropark train station.