NEWARK – Each day, the Easton Avenue/Main Street corridor carries heavy volumes of vehicle traffic between several major destinations in Somerset and Middlesex counties. A joint study between the two counties, funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), identifies a number of strategies to manage congestion and promote safe alternatives to driving along a 6.5-mile stretch between the Bound Brook and New Brunswick train stations.
The corridor has tremendous regional importance, providing access to medical centers, universities, dense residential neighborhoods, Raritan River crossings and I-287 office parks. The Easton Avenue/Main Street Corridor Plan identifies a variety of opportunities for enhancing travel along the corridor through transit service upgrades, new pedestrian and bicycle amenities, roadway improvements such as traffic signal coordination and restriping, and the implementation of Transportation Management Districts (TMD), which encourages higher densities to support non-automotive travel.
“As congestion continues to grow along the Easton Avenue corridor, this study’s recommendations for walking, biking, and transit improvements provide good support for additional travel options in the county seat of New Brunswick,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Stephen Dalina, a member of the NJTPA Board.
A concise summary of the study is available in a new NJTPA publication highlighting study findings around northern New Jersey. Research for the project concluded in 2011, and a final study report was recently released and posted online. Both the publication and final report can be downloaded at NJTPA’s Subregional Studies Program web page.
The NJTPA’s Subregional Studies Program provides federal grants every two years on a competitive basis to the 13 counties and two cities represented by the NJTPA Board. Studies include an analysis of existing and future conditions in a particular area or transportation system, as well as strategies for improvements. Strategies are developed and refined into detailed concepts that can advance to implementation phases involving appropriate agencies (such as counties, municipalities, the Department of Transportation, etc.)