Princeton Today: Parking, Traffic and Transit

Photo by Steve Hiltner, Princeton Primer.
Photo by Steve Hiltner, Princeton Primer.

Two important town meetings regarding traffic and transit in Princeton will take place today. The first is the Princeton Master Plan Subcommittee meeting at 9:30 a.m. in Room A at town hall, 400 Witherspoon Street. The committee will discuss:

– a recent demographic study of the Princeton Public Schools
– a Princeton Council request to review the issue of converting front-yard areas into off-street parking
– the mass transit trust fund  and a grant to Princeton Future
“Identifying Market Opportunities to Improve Transit and Reduce Vehicular Traffic in Princeton”
– the Witherspoon Corridor (development and zoning)
– an update on the Alexander St./University Place transit improvement study
– an update on the traffic and transportation committee Hamilton Ave. “Complete Streets”recommendation
for no parking on both sides of the street and two bike lanes.
– neighborhood advisory planning groups

The traffic and transportation committee for the town of Princeton will meet at 5:15 p.m. in Room A at town hall, 400 Witherspoon Street, to discuss:

– safety on Edgehill Street
– next steps on bus shelter installations
– traffic signals at Washington Road, Witherspoon Street, University Place, and Bayard Lane
– Route 206/Elm Road traffic signal timing
– Route 206 resurfacing
– the department of public works redevelopment for the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.

Read Steve Hiltner’s post on why Nassau Street at Washington Road is the worst intersection in town.


Morning frost, high of 60 degrees.


Women’s College Club of Princeton Meetup – The guest speaker is Tom Colao, is the Director of Music at All Saints Church as well as the associate conductor of the Westfield Chorus. 1 p.m., All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton. Free and open to the public.

Afternoon Bird Walk at Baldpate Mountain – A casual hike with your binoculars. These walks are dedicated to spotting our fine-feathered friends. Hikes are free for teens and adults. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on  Fiddler’s Creek Road, Summit Parking Lot.

Translating Arabic Fiction into English –  Roger Allen, professor emeritus of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk “Translating Arabic Fiction into English, with Examples from the Moroccan Tradition” at noon in Jones Hall, Room 202, at Princeton University. The event is part of the Department of Near Eastern Studies brown bag lunch series.

Stravinsky’s Swiss Years – Stephen Walsh, a music scholar and critic who recently retired from Cardiff University, will give a talk “New Music in a Time of War: Stravinsky’s Swiss Years” at 4:30 p.m. in the Woolworth Center, Room 102, at Princeton University.

John B. Bellinger III ’82 & Harold Hongju Koh Discuss  Bringing International Human Rights Back Home – Lawyers for two presidential administrations examine U.S. compliance with human rights treaties. Talk by John B. Bellinger III ’82, former legal adviser, Department of State and National Security Council, George W. Bush administration and Harold Hongju Koh, former legal Adviser, State Department, Obama administration. Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Program in Law and Public Affairs. 4:30 p.m., Dodds Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson School, Washington Road, Princeton.  Free and open to the public.


As of 7:45 a.m., trains are subject to delays of up to 30 minutes between Trenton and New Brunswick in both directions due to a disabled train in Hamilton.

Route 518 between Canal Road and Carroll Place will be down to one lane, with alternating traffic weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting today. The speed limit in the construction area has been reduced to 35 MPH. Starting Nov. 10 the road will be closed with a detour in place. Starting Nov. 24 the road will be closed with a detour weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work is part of a long-term project that will be completed by the end of 2015. Delays should be expected. Motorists should exercise extra caution in the area and follow posted detours during times of closure.

In Princeton, Hunter Road has been between Lafayette and Westcott due to a water main break. There has been no update from the town on whether the road has been reopened. Police said Friday it would be closed until further notice.

Blackwell Road between Federal City Road and Cold Soil Road will remain closed to through traffic 24 hours a day until a repaving project is completed.

One Comment

  1. Curious who determines the meeting times for such meetings? Sounds like some important issues were covered at the 9:30am Master Plan Subcommittee meeting and I would have liked to go. I know its impossible to accommodate everyone when picking a meeting time, but Monday at 9:30am seems particularly prohibitive for most working people and many interested Princeton residents might not be able to attend.

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