PPS developed a plan to revitalize a long-neglected shopping street opposite the Netherwood commuter rail station in Plainfield, New Jersey, with new pedestrian-friendly improvements, including crosswalks, landscaped medians, lighting and widened sidewalks, as well as a plan to work with neighboring retailers to add awnings, improved signage, outdoor cafes and displays, to create a lively town center and integrate the station into the adjacent street and surrounding area.
Because of the station enhancements developed by PPS and implemented by New Jersey Transit, the City of Plainfield was able to transfer $450,000 in State roadway repaving moneys to fund streetscape and place-making improvements in front of the train station along South Avenue. These funds were then matched by a $500,000 ISTEA grant, providing nearly $1 million to extend the station enhancement efforts further into the surrounding commercial and residential districts. Currently the project is being implemented, and PPS has been asked to continue to be involved.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.