In 2014: Located between New York and Philadelphia, Trenton is the natural center for Mercer County and uniquely situated to be “the Downtown” for the mid-Jersey region. The City has excellent automotive and regional rail connections to New York City, Philadelphia, and Camden, as well as other destinations along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. There are also clear opportunities to connect public transit to businesses and residents along the Route 1 Corridor. Internally, the city is walkable and with improvements could be very bike-able. Nonetheless, the City’s surface infrastructure is often under-maintained and the bus network difficult to navigate. Parking in the Downtown is inefficient, needlessly occupies valuable land for development, and does not provide the level of service necessary to support a 24/7 mixed use district. Equally important, highway infrastructure has created physical barriers that prevent the City from capitalizing on major assets, the waterfront chief among them.
In 2042: Trenton will distinguish itself by offering easy mobility between high-quality neighborhoods in a dense, mid-sized city environment. The City will be known as a place where people of all ages and abilities utilize a variety of mobility options to meet their transportation needs. Neighborhoods and the downtown will be a safe place to walk at all times. A network of easily identified and well-maintained bike lanes will make it easy for residents and visitors of all ages and genders to bike throughout the City. Public transportation, including buses, will provide residents commuting options that are quick and comprehensible.
Likewise, the City will have strong links to its surroundings. The city will be connected into an extensive regional trail network (e.g. East Coast Greenway, Delaware Heritage Trail, and the D&R Canal Trail). The City will continue to support and expand rail and bus services that connect the City to regional and mega-regional destinations. In the event that high-speed rail is built, the City will have capitalized on the opportunity to expand its residential and economic base.
Efforts to promote a multi-modal local and regional transportation network will have facilitated an efficient use of land for parking. As a result, there will be more space available for residential and commercial development, resulting in increased tax revenue and a larger residential population who can support local businesses.