East Brunswick Commuter Parking Advisory Committee July 2008
New TCC Opening:
The opening of the new TCC is now expected for some time in September.This will be a period of major transition with new traffic flows, a large number of returningcommuters back from Nielsen Plaza and new commuters to this new facility; two entrances, oneeach for monthly permit parkers and daily parkers. The new facility can park 1680 cars, andextensive planning on the part of the commuting public, Suburban Transit, and Parking Utilityofficials, is going to be required for a smooth transition to take place. It is the intention of CPAC tohave that happen as much as possible. Clearly the new TCC will have heavier traffic flow, agreater demand for bus seats and general confusion when it first opens. It will also have a newelectronic day parking collection system in operation. The CPAC has requested several times for abus service scheduling discussion that will address concerns of the East Brunswick commutingpublic: frequency of buses to all three NY city locations, hours of operation, direct service (withouta stop at Neilson Plaza) when appropriate, and first class dispatcher service. The CPAC will alsorequest that there are sufficient qualified people on hand to help us through this dramatic change.If you have any comments, concerns, or recommendations, please attend the next scheduledCPAC meeting or send an email to us at ebcommuter@ yahoo.com.
July CPAC Meeting:
Our July CPAC meeting had numerous special guests and was veryinformative for all of those that attended the meeting. We will report on this meeting in a futureissue of
In addition, the meeting was videotaped by The Library and we will letcommuters know when it is being broadcast on Channel 3.
Monthly Parking Permits:
As we have been reporting for months, additional parking permits willsoon be issued by the Parking Utility. Any East Brunswick resident that wishes to have a permit for
parking facility should apply immediately. You can find the application at:http://www.scribd.com/doc/3100974/Permit-application. Non-residents are also invited to apply tobe added to TCC permit waiting list by completing an application that can be found at:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/3946032/Permit-waiting-list-application-nonresident. Non-residents may
apply for a Neilson permit at this time. If you have additional questions, please contact theParking Utility at parkandride@ eastbrunswick.org or 732-390-6836.
Suburban Monthly Pass:
The CPAC recently sent out an extensive e-mail comparing the cost ofSuburban monthly commuter pass ($260) to the 10 trip ($64). The conclusion of this carefulanalysis is that with the pass requiring 20.3 commuting days during its period ($260/$12.80), thatvery few commuters, if any, benefit financially from purchasing this pass unless they commutemore than 5 days per week. You can see the full text of this discussion at our Topica site athttp://lists.topica.com/lists/ebcnews/read.
Rt. 18 Bus Traffic Improvements Under Review:
We reported in an e-mail that NJ DOT isconsidering possible improvements in the bus traffic flow on Rt. 18 north of the TCC. We thankSen. Buono for her help with this effort. In our view, the success of the new TCC will be heavilydependent upon buses being able to get between TCC and Exit 9 without being unduly delayed intraffic on a regular basis. The stimulus for our requesting this review was the fact that NJ DOT is init process of similar efforts on Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, both of which are also heavily used by buses. Webelieve that Rt. 18 is no less deserving of such an effort. We look forward to continue working withSen. Buono, the Township, NJ DOT and all other interested parties in making the new TCC facilityas successful as possible for East Brunswick commuters.