T O W N & G O W N
Efforts intended to reduce traffic
Princeton NJ -- With the beginning of the new academic year, the University has taken many steps to reduce vehicular traffic on campus and to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
"This is a benefit to both the town and gown communities," said Pam Hersh, director of community and state affairs, who has been involved in many of the efforts. They include:
• First-year undergraduate students were not allowed to bring cars to campus this year;
• The P-Rides shuttle system, initiated last year to connect graduate housing with the main campus, will expand based on the success of the pilot program.
• Graduate students living in University housing units serviced by the P-Rides shuttle system are not allowed to park on campus during normal working hours.
• The overall campus shuttle system serving staff will be more effective and efficient this year. In addition to the Tiger Tram bus serving the west side of campus from the lower-campus parking garage to the top of campus, the University is expected to initiate by the end of October an east side campus shuttle service linking Lot 21 near Jadwin Gymnasium to the upper campus. This added service is being implemented with the introduction of two compressed natural gas shuttle buses and a refueling station -- all made possible through the technical and financial assistance of the Ford Motor Co.
• As part of an overall strategy to reduce reliance on private car usage on and around campus, the Zipcar self-serve automobile program is available this fall to University faculty, staff and students age 21 and older. Zipcar, in consultation with University administrators and representatives of the Graduate Student Government, is offering the University community a special program of self-serve, on-demand auto rentals, enabling individuals to cut back on the need to bring cars on campus.