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Rail service to the building known as the Dinky station ended on Friday. New Jersey Transit service will resume from the station’s temporary location on Monday.
The temporary station, located on Alexander Street approximately 1,200 feet south of the old station, will be the site of NJ Transit service until the transit plaza currently under construction opens in fall 2014, according to a University press release. The new station parking lot, located west of the station, also opens Monday.
The transfer of service is part of the University’s plan to redevelop the Alexander corridor near Forbes College. The station’s relocation serves to accommodate construction of its Arts and Transit Neighborhood, a $300 million development that includes new rehearsal and performance facilities. When completed, the development will include a new permanent station located 464 feet south of the old station.
In an attempt to block the demolition of the old station, local citizens’ group Save the Dinky filed an emergency application with the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on August 16 requesting that the DEP place a stay on the approval it granted NJ Transit to allow the project. The appeal of this application will be heard sometime in the fall, according to Save the Dinky.
The station’s relocation attracted controversy, providing an ongoing bone of contention among the former Borough Council as the University sought zoning permits needed for the construction of the Arts and Transit Neighborhood throughout 2011. The Council finally granted the zoning needed for the project in December 2011.
After service to the old station ended on Friday, NJ Transit provided substitute shuttle bus service to the bus stop on University Place near the existing Princeton Station over the weekend.
In addition, the University’s bus service, TigerTransit, will begin operating a new line on Monday. The line, TigerPaWW, will provide service to Princeton Junction, the new Princeton Station and the site of the old station at University Place, according to service maps released by TigerTransit.