Downtown redevelopment and major road infrastructure projects have destroyed much of Trenton’s traditional urban fabric. The street pattern is a composition of competing grids and radial routes approaching from all directions which can be confusing to visitors. The first step in addressing this issues is undertaking a Legibility Study (see Legibility Study) to assess current issues and opportunities across the City. However, it is clear that without a comprehensive and easy-to-understand wayfinding system, entering Trenton will continue to be very confusing, which leads people to avoid the City and/or not explore it more fully. At the same time, residents and visitors have noted that the bus system is confusing in Trenton. Making a Capital City Regional Transit Map more available would ensure that residents and visitors have a strong understanding of the network of transit options.
The Waterfront Reclamation and Redevelopment Project
On a larger scale, the Waterfront Reclamation and Redevelopment Project (also known as the NJ Route 29 Boulevard Project) offers a major opportunity to reconstitute a grid downtown and better connect the waterfront to the City’s core. With a more organized waterfront in the downtown, those entering the City off of NJ Route 29 are likely to be better oriented and have a clearer understanding of how to navigate the City. For more information on this effort, see the corresponding Initiative under Land-Use and Transportation Connection in this Report as well as in the Economic Development and Housing Reports.
Market Street Corridor
Efforts to improve understanding and navigation will be aided by re-establishing Market Street as a central travel corridor for all modes. Extending Market Street to State Street, and giving the Trenton Transit Center a Market Street address, will enhance the prominence of this corridor. Market Street should be emphasized as the most direct connection to the waterfront.
In conjunction with this effort, the City should make improvements at the US Route 1 and Market Street interchange. These improvements will serve as gateways to those entering and leaving the City and allow visitors to quickly establish their bearings. Moreover, they will make the area significantly safer for pedestrians. (See Market Street Corridor Below)