NJT Shortens Princeton ‘Dinky’ Despite Ongoing Legal Challenges

The New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers (NJ-ARP) and local Princeton residents have gone to court to stop New Jersey Transit from cutting off 460 feet of the Princeton Branch, known locally as the “Dinky” because it is less than 3 miles long.  These cases are still pending, but NJT has relocated the Princeton station and started to remove the tracks and overhead wire, anyway. The nation’s shortest commuter rail line connects with the Northeast Corridor (NEC) main line at Princeton Junction and takes riders to Princeton.  It originally went to downtown Princeton, but not anymore.

The NJT Board of Directors called a special meeting for the sole purpose of approving a land swap with Princeton University, which wanted the land for development that would include a parking deck.  Despite opposition from some Princeton residents and NJ-ARP, the proposal was approved and the station was relocated on August 26.  NJ-ARP Director Philip G. Craig complained that the new station is 1,200 feet of walking distance from the old one.

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