To accomplish the goal of having a strong, diverse, and sustainable economy with a broad range of employment opportunities for residents, Trenton workers must have adequate transportation to get to their places of employment. Approximately 2/3 of Trenton residents leave the city for work and 30% of residents do not have a car. The City of Trenton’s recent 5-year average unemployment rate has been significantly higher than that of all other Mercer County municipalities. Providing access to jobs in the surrounding municipalities is essential for Trenton’s residents. This initiative focuses on creating the necessary connections to jobs, whether they are located in the city or outside.
To execute this initiative, the City must work with area organizations, Mercer County, the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association, and regional employers to expand workforce shuttles to employment centers outside Trenton. At the same time, the City should provide information on regional employment opportunities with existing transit access.
A BRT connection into Trenton could improve the connection between the downtown and suburban destinations with a transfer location just off of US Route 1. As such, Transit access to suburban destinations can be accomplished by working with the Central Jersey Transportation Forum to ensure that the City of Trenton is represented in their planning for the US Route 1 BRT. Shuttle service to final destinations can be coordinated with Greater Mercer TMA.