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Cinnaminson Seeks Safety Improvements to Bus Stops

Deputy Mayor John McCarthy says he wrote a state-contracted engineer explaining the issues with the stops, some of which are 'an accident waiting to happen.'

The bus stop on the northbound side of Route 130 at Andover Road. Credit: Rob Scott
The bus stop on the northbound side of Route 130 at Andover Road. Credit: Rob Scott

After struggling for years to have improvements made to the bus stops along Route 130, Cinnaminson may finally be making headway with the state.

Deputy Mayor John McCarthy said the township recently received a letter from an engineering firm hired by the Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to survey and/or inspect bus stops in South Jersey and confirm if they’ve been approved by the municipalities they’re located in.

He said the township is still investigating whether committee passed resolutions approving all the Route 130 stops. In the meantime, McCarthy responded to the engineer explaining the township would like to keep the stops, but expects improvements to be made for the sake of pedestrian safety.

McCarthy pointed to the stop on the northbound side of 130 at Andover Road as a particularly glaring example of a stop that is unsafe for riders. There’s no sidewalk leading up to the stop and no concrete pad for pedestrians to stand on while they wait, just a grassy slope. McCarthy referred to it as a “serious accident waiting to happen.”

A number of other stops—there are 10 in all along 130, five each on the north- and southbound sides—have similar issues, he said.

“How can we encourage people to not drive and take public transportation, when you can’t give them a way to get to it safely?” McCarthy said.

In his response to the engineer, the deputy mayor stressed the township wants to keep all the stops, as they all seem to be active, but said it expects NJDOT to make improvements to the ones that need it. At minimum, he said, the stops must be handicap accessible, have a pad for riders to stand on, and preferably a cover with a bench—much like the stops at Cinnaminson Avenue and the southbound stop at Taylors Lane.

McCarthy said it’s not clear when NJDOT will respond, or what kind of response the township will get, but that the engineer said it was good the township made it clear it expected the state to make the improvements. He said it’s unlikely the township will hear back from the state until mid-summer as it’s evaluating stops throughout the state.

Do you think the bus stops along Route 130 need to be safer? Tell us in the comments below.
John January 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Good Luck in getting something from the State along the lines of bus stop safety, with the problems they are now having about the Bridge Gate, anything will happen....Only in NJ....
John January 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Oh well thats the way it is in politics, grease the hand before anything gets done, U all have a great day with the snow there was an accident on 130 south where a tractor trailer lost his load b/c of the third wheel not being hooked up right...sorry about getting off topic...
Rob Scott (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Pundit, I don't think the deputy mayor—or any of the committee members—said anything about ONLY wanting sidewalks installed at the bus stops. It's just that that's what this particular story is about and it's one of the more pressing issues because the stops get a lot of traffic. Nor does it make any sense to suggest that by lobbying for improved safety the township is trying to DISCOURAGE public transit. It's actually the exact opposite. Sometimes, Pundit, you make valid points. Other times—like now—it seems like you're just needlessly stirring the pot and obfuscating an important discussion with inaccurate information and/or baseless speculation.
Rob Scott (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Pundit, I don't cover Delran, and rarely drive through it, but are you certain they've installed sidewalks along 130? Could you provide a picture? You can post it to our Boards section or email it to me directly at rob.scott@patch.com. I ask only because a) I've never seen them (though to be fair, I wasn't looking) and b) I'm hearing the exact opposite from another source. That Delran does not have sidewalks along the highway.
Brian N January 22, 2014 at 12:01 AM
I would still contend that a majority of the pedestrian deaths along rt 130 are from people CROSSING, not walking along. And I can tell you no parent I know would let their kids walk along that road. This seems like an expensive endeavor to undertake especially when everyone is complaining g about higher taxes. Pundit I'm sorry to hear if your past accident, but am curious, were you crossing the road or walking along it when you got struck?
Mike915 January 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM
As a resident of Delran who attends the council meetings regularly I can tell you while we have received a grant for sidewalks there has been no mention of when they will be put in place. We are busy trying to get them built on Fairview St. and correcting flooding issues along the river. There have been no sidewalks installed along Rt. 130 by the town council in the 10 years I have lived here.
agent itchy January 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM
i live near the pedestrian overpass at Riverton Rd and see it as a safe way to cross, yet i often see people avoiding the bridge. the lesson here is that you can build a safer route but people will continue to take risks. traffic lights with a countdown walking figure seem to be a useful tool, but i see no reason to build sidewalks on Rt. 130.
AnoninCinna January 22, 2014 at 12:58 PM
I rarely, if ever, see people walking along Rt. 130. I have seen people crossing - at that light in front of the liquor store near Target, and at Highland Ave near new 7-11. I agree that sidewalks along 130 aren't a pressing issue. There are better ways to spend tax dollars, in my opinion.
Susan Schultz January 22, 2014 at 02:53 PM
It would be great if the buses could pull over on Route 130 when picking up passengers and not block the traffic at the right lanes. Maybe install an extra lane for the buses. Just a thought.
John January 22, 2014 at 08:33 PM
How do U think they would pay for that idea, and who would have the right of way for building the road, not a very good idea but U tried....
Brian N January 22, 2014 at 11:33 PM
They actually have that up by Cinnaminson Ave, so I would say its not such a crazy idea after all

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