In recent weeks U.S. 1 has run several stories on the ongoing renewal of Trenton. This week we turn to another nearby city undergoing a renaissance. Jim Weaver, owner of Tre Piani restaurant in Princeton Forrestal Village, and his wife, Kim Clearwater, have “gone north” to forge a new urban lifestyle in New Brunswick. From their luxury condo in the Residences at the Heldrich, they are not only a stone’s throw from first-class restaurants and theater, they are also just a few minutes’ walk from the train station — you might say New Brunswick is a pre-built transit village.

They also have a front row seat to the massive overhaul of Route 18, which will streamline access to the city, including a new multi-million dollar arts center and an amphitheater and promenade on the river.

Editor Jamie Saxon spent a recent Sunday with the couple, who were hosting a dinner party, replete with room service. After all, isn’t living in a hotel all about the perks? Find out more on page 42.

To the Editor:

More Train Talk

I was impressed with Carolyn Foote Edelmann’s story on the River Line (U.S. 1, November 5). However, she said that there are very good connections with trains going to New York, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City. I question the connections to Atlantic City being adequate because the Atlantic City Line goes above the River Line and New Jersey Transit saw it fit to not provide a train stop on the River Line at the Atlantic City Line crossing. Instead, people coming from points north have to go to the Walter Rand Transportation Center, take the High-Speed Line to the end at Lindenwold and transfer to the Atlantic City Line to get to Atlantic City. I do not understand why New Jersey Transit had to make things more difficult than they needed to be.

I made a trip from my home in Princeton at the end of the 606 Bus Route to Rio Grande by public transportation, with my bicycle, so I took the 606 to the River Line stop in Trenton, took the River Line to the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden, took the High-Speed Line to Lindenwold, walked across the platform to the Atlantic City Line and then took the bus from Atlantic City to Ocean City and then pedaled 3 5 miles to our motel below Rio Grande where our bicycle tour was staying for the weekend. That is an excessive number of transfers.

It has also been said that all buses in South Jersey are equipped with bike racks. This is not true. People have to put their bikes in the luggage compartment for longer distance trips in South Jersey. This also contributes to the excess of number of transfers.

Lastly, Edelmann mentions that the Assunpink Creek empties into the Delaware River at Burlington. It empties into the Delaware River in Trenton.

Dan Rappoport


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