Friday, January 25, 2013

Plan for New Jersey Multi-Modal Hub and Town Center Launched

I was very happy recently to publicly launch the plan I have been working on for a new multi-modal transportation hub in Ewing, New Jersey.  The air/rail connection will fit with Ewing redevelopment plan for a new mixed-use town center on a brownfields site in this inner-ring suburb (my previous posting here).

The presentation by county and municipal consultant teams was made to the Mercer County Board of Freeholders (stories here and here) – the local governing body – who received it warmly.  I was leading the county team (focused on the airport), which has recommended a new terminal – moved to the town center! – and various other economic development measures.

The news stories were pretty accurate but missed some of the exciting possibilities generated by co-locating a new airport terminal (with growing regional service provided by a new carrier in the market, Frontier Airlines) and a regional train station (service currently south to Philadelphia, later north to New York).  Future high quality rapid transit is under consideration from Ewing to downtown Trenton, the state capital, and to Princeton.  The resulting Trenton-Princeton-Ewing Triangle can have a huge economic leverage effect!  

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