Trenton will have walkable neighborhoods and an active downtown that are supported by a multi-modal transportation system that includes, but is not limited to, high quality transit-oriented developments. Parking will no longer be a dominant land use in the City’s downtown and will be managed effectively to support active land uses, streetscapes and economy, in accordance with Trenton's multi-modal objectives.
A transportation system does not exist in isolation, and the connection between land use and circulation cannot be understated in Trenton. One of the most egregious examples of how that is currently failing in Trenton is the over-abundance of surface parking lots, especially downtown, which results in a built environment that is fragmented and often incoherent. Parking is not well-managed and enforced by a central agency, and there are opportunities to convert surface parking to more active uses. The City is currently undertaking a Downtown Parking Management Plan. The findings of that study should be incorporated into this Master Plan.
For Trenton to realize its vision of being an economic and cultural hub, the City will have to leverage its transit assets as development opportunities. Unfortunately, the City has not fully capitalized on its key transit nodes as development opportunities, especially the area around the Trenton Transit Center. As mentioned above, the Transit Center feels disconnected from downtown, due in part to the barrier created by US Route 1. Despite prior efforts to encourage development around the Transit Center, little headway has been made. This was due, in part, to the lack of appropriate incentives. The City should determine the necessary incentives, convene and renegotiate with developers, or identify new developers who may be more motivated to break ground.