SOMERVILLE – Elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the next meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition on Monday, Sept. 15.
Somerville Borough Economic Development Director Colin Driver and Princeton-based urban designer Carlos Rodrigues, PP, AICP, will provide an overview of Somerville’s and Bound Brook’s redevelopment efforts, respectively, which have resulted in newly constructed, under-construction and proposed residential housing developments located within one mile of each town’s train station.
Bound Brook and Somerville are prime examples of transit oriented development (TOD) – the linking of residential development with a transit hub in a mixed-use, walkable, vibrant downtown setting. The land use and transit linkage offered by TOD have resulted in a renaissance of new residential construction in downtowns along the Raritan Valley Line.
The Rail Coalition trustees also will provide an update on one-seat ride service on the Raritan Valley line, including the initiative’s website (www.raritanvalleyrail.com), social-media campaign, an upcoming Oct. 8 briefing with NJ Transit and a special October 2014 meeting in Cranford on the status of one-seat ride service and the need for increased public support.
The Sept. 15 meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the third-floor Freeholders’ meeting room of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville, NJ 08876. Free parking is available in the Bernie Field Parking Deck adjacent to the administration building; the entrance is off East High Street.
The building is a short walk from NJ Transit rail service from the Somerville train station and the 114 NJ Transit bus route. For NJ Transit bus and rail schedule and fare information, call (973) 275-5555 or visitwww.njtransit.com