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Where will the train stop be located during construction?

In August 2013, the terminus of the train was relocated to a temporary platform south of the new station location, near the south end of the new commuter parking lot. The temporary platform will be used until the new station opens in fall 2014.

When is the waiting room at the temporary station open?

The indoor waiting room at the temporary Princeton Station is open from 6 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday. The waiting room is operated by Princeton University.

How long will the Dinky Train be out of service?

The University is working with NJ TRANSIT to minimize the time when the Dinky will not be operating between Princeton Station and Princeton Junction. At this time we anticipate two one-week disruptions to service. The first disruption to service for construction occurred in fall 2013 when service was transitioned from the current University Place station location to a temporary platform south of the new station. The second disruption to service for construction will occur in fall 2014 when service is transitioned from the temporary platform location to the new station terminus. There may be other limited duration closures. During service interruptions, bus service will be operated between Princeton and Princeton Junction.

How do I get to Princeton Junction when the train is not operating?

If the Dinky train is not operating, NJ TRANSIT will operate a replacement bus between Princeton Junction and Princeton Station. NJ TRANSIT patrons can sign up to receive service updates.

I heard that there will be a temporary bus operating between Princeton and Princeton Junction during construction, even when the Dinky is operating. Is that true?

Yes, when the Dinky terminus is relocated to the temporary platform south of the new station, the University will operate a temporary "express bus" as a supplement to the rail service between Princeton Station and Princeton Junction Station until the new station opens. The TigerPaWW bus will have a stop at the former station location on University Place to pick up and drop off passengers, and will have a stop at the Princeton Junction Station near the Dinky terminus.

Tickets are not required to use the TigerPaWW bus. The TigerPaWW bus is free and open to the public. The bus will operate during normal Dinky operating hours. This means that during the time when the Dinky is operating from its temporary location, Dinky riders will have a choice between riding the Dinky to or from the temporary location (which will be in the new parking lot), or riding an express bus to or from the former station area on University Place. They also will have the option of riding the bus in one direction and the train in the other direction. The TigerPaWW schedule is posted online.

When will the new train station open?

We anticipate that the new station will open in fall 2014. At that point TigerTransit buses will meet every incoming Dinky during peak commuter hours at the new station.

What will the train schedule be during construction?

NJ TRANSIT train schedules are available online. Printed train schedules are posted at both the former University Place station location and at the temporary platform. Once the new station opens in fall 2014, printed train schedules will be available at the new station location.

Where can I buy train tickets during the construction?

Tickets can be purchased at both the former University Place station location and at the temporary platform. Once the new station opens in fall 2014, train tickets will be available for purchase at the new station location.

Can I get updates on my cell phone about train service interruptions/changes?

NJ TRANSIT patrons can sign up to receive service updates via email.