East Brunswick Commuter Parking Advisory Committee December 2008
Golden Triangle redevelopment:
The resolution of the Golden Triangle redevelopmentagreement remains uncertain at this time. Part of this agreement is the requirement thatToll Brothers and Edgeboro Properties continue making their required payments to theTownship. In the meantime, the Township has authorized the potential issuance of $25million in bonds on behalf of the Parking Utility to repurchase the site from the developers.When and if we hear additional information about this issue, we will share it with ourcommuter e-mail list.
One related issue is particularly important for TCC commuters. As TCCcommuters are aware, the front TCC parking entrance is through a very awkwardlydesigned set of turns through the Sam’s
Club loading dock area. Commuters havequestioned the safety of this design, but the Parking Utility has stated that nothing can bedone about this safety concern unless and until the Golden Triangle development processis resolved. The CPAC will continue to request that this safety issue be addressed assoon as possible.
Safety and security improvements:
At the December public meeting, the Parking Utilityand commuters discussed potential security improvements at both parking facilities in lightof the November 24 break-ins at Tower Center. Since that attack, we have receivedadditional reports from commuters of vehicle break-ins, with one vehicle even having beingattacked twice. In response, the Parking Utility and Public Safety have developed a planto improve the safety and security at both facilities. While some of the plan remainsconfidential, the expectation is that security will be improved at both facilities. However,many commuters including CPAC members would like serious consideration to be made ofimplementing camera coverage of the parking areas of the two facilities. The CPACawaits cost estimates regarding the installation and operation of these devices in thoseareas.
Revised Crosstown schedule:
A revised Crosstown schedule was presented at theDecember CPAC meeting. Several commuters objected to the proposed schedulechanges due to the adverse impact on TCC Crosstown commuters. Despite this, theproposed schedule change was approved by the Parking Utility. According to SuburbanManager Scott Sprengel, these changes were necessary to accommodate the addition of aCrosstown bus originating at the Neilson Parking deck. Mr. Sprengel noted that in his viewthese schedule changes would have little impact upon TCC commuters since they couldtake PABT buses instead. These changes were made in an effort to alleviate NeilsonPlaza scheduling issues. Although the commuters present at the meeting were notsatisfied with the final decision, the ultimate decision to approve any Suburban Transitschedule change lies with the Parking Utility.
As a convenience to commuters, the CPAC is posting Suburban Transitschedules, holiday notices and other important commuter information on Scribd. You canaccess our posted files at http://www.tinyurl.com/ebscribd. We send an e-mail to our e-maillist when these documents are posted. We generally can not e-mail the files themselvesdue to their size.