The governing body for Princeton decided Monday to delay discussing options for dealing with tour buses that are coming to Princeton more frequently over the last few years.
The Council was scheduled to discuss options for dealing with the buses, including the possibility of bagging several parking meters on a trial basis to create bus parking zones along Nassau Street near the intersection of Witherspoon Street.
The discussion has been rescheduled for the next Princeton Council meeting at town hall at 7 p.m. on May 18.
Last year, the tour bus issue was raised by some elected officials and Princeton University representatives. Some people complained that the buses, often full of tourists from China, idle on Princeton streets while visitors tour the university. But many local merchants say the tourists spend money in town, eating at local eateries and shopping in stores in the downtown business district.
Some merchants, police officers and officials, along with the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, worked for several months to try to figure out how to best approach the tour bus issue in a way that would work for residents, merchants, and tourists alike.
Then a few weeks ago, the issue was abruptly referred by a council member to the town’s traffic and transportation committee, which put together the idea of the study that would remove eight parking spaces from Nassau Street to regulate and control tour bus movement and create a revenue stream for the town from the buses.