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Township Wants to Change Rt. 130 Bus Stops, Caught in Red Tape

Riggins owner John Feghali has wanted the change for almost a decade due to safety concerns and litter.

 

Mayor Don Brauckmann wants to get the ball rolling on communication with the state on a possible bus stop change along Route 130 and the inevitable construction and maintenance costs associated, he announced this week.

This issue has been dragging on for six years Mayor Don Brauckmann said, but the gas station owner whose property is right at the bus stop said it’s more like eight years.

John Feghali, owner of Riggins on the corner of Route 130 South and Riverton Road, said he’s seen his share of accidents near the bus stop; that prompted him to reach out to the township and state to see if the bus stop could be changed.

New Jersey Transit officials met with Feghali a number of years ago and agreed with him, Feghali said, that the bus stop should be moved across Riverton Road to underneath the pedestrian overpass.

“It doesn’t make sense for them to cross the street to use the bridge,” Feghali said.

Brauckmann and Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti agree with Feghali. The township has been in contact with New Jersey Transit and the state Department of Transportation.

“This is where we are getting a difference of opinion,” Brauckmann said. “There hasn’t been consistent information.”

Brauckmann said the state should be responsible for building and construction and the township deals with maintenance.

“But for some reason,” the mayor said, “we can’t get that in writing.”

Feghali said he’s glad the township is again moving forward with the proposal because he’s had his share of issues in the 18 years since he’s been there.

“The main concern is the location—because it’s between those two lights,” Feghali said.

The bus stop in front of Riggins is between the double traffic lights at both sides of Riverton Road and Route 130.

“People hit the brakes and slide onto the curb or landscape,” Feghali said. “There are people standing there waiting for the bus and they have to run out of the way.”

Feghali said he sees cars slide into the curb about once a month.

Secondly, Feghali said, there’s no shelter, there’s no bench and there’s no trash receptacle.

“There’s no place for the people to wait,” he said. “When it rains, people stand under the pumps. God forbid something happens—I’m liable.”

Feghali also said the bus stop isn’t maintained how it should be.

“Everyone likes to leave their trash behind,” he said.

Last time officials from NJ Transit came out to inspect the location, they met with the Cinnaminson Police and township engineer, the mayor said.

“Everyone agreed [the new location] was safer,” Brauckmann said.

And while township officials have the state officials’ ears, they wanted to get information about other bus stops in town. If a new shelter will be built across Riverton Road from Riggins, what about the others in town along Route 130?

“We cannot seem to get a definitive answer,” Minniti said. “Depending on who you talk to, it’s all different answers. In order to address our mass transit points in total, we have to get direct answers to those questions.”

At Monday’s township committee meeting, Brauckmann said he wants to contact all parties involved and set up a conference call or in-person meeting.

“Let’s get all the key players in the same room,” Brauckmann said. “And that way, it’s finalized for all of our locations, not just the one. I think it’s gone on long enough. We owe it to ourselves and the businesses to try to get to the bottom of it.”

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Cinnaminson Riggins December 08, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Dear residents, i apologize for any inconvenience the "exit" or "entrance" has caused. I am assuming you are all talking about the entrance in the photo pictured above. Unfortunately when we get fuel deliveries, tractor trailers deliver the fuel, and without the entrances and exits on the jug handles it would be practically impossible for such a large 18 wheeler to pull in and out of the service station in order to deliver the fuel. Please contact your elected officials and perhaps along with DOT they can erect signage or paint arrows on the roadway asking patrons to only make a right out of that driveway except for tractor trailers. We are not interested in making our presence in town any danger, annoyance or discomfort for anyone but I am sure there are simple methods to resolve any of your concerns. I look forward to working with Township Committee to resolve your concerns and will dedicate any time and effort necessary to resolve any of your complaints. Please contact your elected officials in order to resolve this matter. Thank you.
Ric December 08, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Why does it seem in reading Patch that Mayor Brauckmann and especially Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti are the only councilmembers that are proactive in Cinnaminson? To be honest, I see the names of the other members so infrequently that I do not even recall their names. It does not seem right that the mayor and DM have to do most everything in this town. Do the other members simply defer action to the Mayor and the DM or is it their preference for Patch to rarely mention them? If the other members aren’t doing their fair share, come next election the voters should send them a strong message.
Ed Jenkins December 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
How about we close the entrance to Lukoil because people are crossing double lines making a left out of that place !!! Better yet, how about the complainers slow down coming down Riverton Road Eastbound to cross over Route 130 because you all know you do 60 MPH trying to make the light coming around the bend. I just wish more officers would do radar on that section of the road because then we would not worry about T-boning anyone because we are doing the speed limit !!!!
Pat Mchugh December 08, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I get my gas from Riggins, the same attendants have been there for years and know me and are pleasant. I tried Lukoil once because Riggins was out of gas and that guy is rude !!! The place also looks horrible, they never landscape.
Ric December 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I have been uisng Sam's Club since they opened; they have the best prices in town and my car runs fine. I also do not know of any gas station that looks great. A gas station is like a Dunkin Donuts. You can slap paint all over them but they still look like what they are.
John December 08, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Oh really, lets not stop there how about the people who put out there leaves 3 weeks before there pick up date, how about the vacant houses with lawn and leaves on them no one takes care of that.....there are other places the police can be, speeders on willow, new ablany and the list goes on so why not take pictures there tooooo....but we need schools, we buy up property, barons and lets just waste more money.....I do not think U can get a conviction on that one....good luck
Pat Mchugh December 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I like paying cash for my gas. Sam's does not accept gas. I value my time and don't want to sit in line to save 2 cents. I also prefer to knowing where i spend my money and where and who i am supporting. Faceless large corporations get enough, I am proud to support local small businesses. As for Ric, you sound like you had bad experiences at Dunkin Donuts !!!
Lamb Chop December 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Come on Ric, I thought I knew you better than that. It's called Ego! Plain and simple. Look at the two you mentioned, the glory hunters, Captains of the team. Feed their egos and they will continue to grow. Not sure their heads can get any bigger. They are legends in their own minds. Bow down before thou.
2 Cents December 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
When traveling on 130 South, just before Leslie's Pools, the outside lane cuts to the right, and then cuts back for no apparent reason. Why not make that the bus lane? Most people are either going to the stores there, Sonic, Brothers, 7-11, Dunkin Donuts, or Gene's Motel anyway. Much safer, and won't disturb any businesses.
Ed Jenkins December 08, 2012 at 07:50 PM
2 cents, i for one would like to thank you for your comment, reason being, you stuck to commenting on the story !!!
Gentleman Jim December 09, 2012 at 02:52 AM
After reading the article and comments, I can only conclude, that the Riggins petrol station is a valuable member of our corporate community. Well done Riggins.
FbS December 09, 2012 at 03:55 AM
The Riggins also buys its fuel from a local south jersey family owned supplier. I buy gas from there just because of that.
Sue in Cinna December 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
YAY "2 Cents" and the few others who commented with a contribution for a solution. No complaints, no mocking of public officials, no sarcasm. Refreshing! So tired of scrolling through the comments - always hopeful for ideas for a solution - yet seeing the same names whine, name call and change the subject to their pet peeve. I think Cinnaminson residents have more to offer than this. Call me a Pollyanna, but we have enough people in this world who complain, name call or change the subject to their favorite topic. I thought the people of Cinnaminson were smarter than this.
Ric December 09, 2012 at 06:34 PM
And of course you do not consider your complaining words as belonging among the complaints you so loathe. After reading this post, instead of calling you Pollyanna might I be allowed to call you hypocrite?
Ed Jenkins December 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Ric, you are just a negative unhappy person who sees things your way and it being the only GOOD way !! You should respect the opinion of others, things that we are taught when we are young.
Ric December 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
LOL! What not a surprise see to the other hypocritical whiner whining. Just read your incessant whining because some folks are adding complaints to this story about Rt. 130. Give it a break, Ed. Aren't you too busy to find what kind of name is Mehet's - like it matters. Who cares? Ed, here is some great advice for you: You should respect the opinion of others, things that we are taught when we are young. Have a great day.
Ed Jenkins December 09, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Finally figured you out, i know who you are !!! A PARROT !!! Unfortunately i don't have time to play your little games and keep you entertained, I have a real job.
Ed Jenkins December 09, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Oh, and for all you people wondering why committee members do not contribute to these discussions, really ? With the childish comments such as Ric's, would you as an elected official stoop to that level and answer such a lack of intellect ? This will be my last reply as I join ranks with the Mayor and company and refuse to be dragged into such a low ghetto Q and A with the likes of Ric who are afraid to even post under their real name !! No offense to all who actually make a contribution and offer ideas that can be built upon such as 2 cents and Sue in Cinn .
Ric December 10, 2012 at 02:15 AM
@Ed Jenkins. You are either slighting the ability of the committee members to handle criticism or you are overpraising me for my ability to question policy. I am sure our township committee members are all seasoned politicians and are tough enough to withstand criticism. After all how are they going to hold up in the next election in the unlikely case if they actually face opponents? If they cannot handle criticism what good will they be when they have to solve issues that divide this town? Or if this town should join the 21st century and actually have a two party council? You really ought to move to China. There you do not criticize politicians. On another note, I have to apologize. You keep throwing personal insults at me and I do not bother to throw them back. I hope you do not get the impression that I think personal insults are useless. Have a good day.
Ric December 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Francis, how many times have you urged people to ignore me? Yet you never ignore me. “You are dead right Ed... On all accounts.. Ignore him” Do you ever mean what you say? How about you, for once, mean actually what you said and you actually ignore me? Francis, come on, prove what you mean for once is true. I bet you cannot ignore me.
FbS December 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
huh? What are you talking about?
Eric December 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Frank I think what Rick is trying to say is you shouldn't be a Phillies and Eagles fan because those two teams stink. How about rooting for teams that are proven winners like the Giants and Yankees?
Craig December 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Perhaps that exit to Riverton Rd is needed for that big truck that delivers fuel to the station. Just sayin'...
Craig December 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Yup! Most people run the stop sign there, and most don't yield, either. I don't know how many times I've almost been T-boned there.
Craig December 11, 2012 at 08:04 PM
How about someone leaving the station who wants to go to Moorestown?
John December 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Oh boy talking about changing subjects we are talking about a bus stop and we get people talking about baseball teams and buying gas and saving 2 cents oh boy....this is good....really enjoy the holidays ok
John December 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM
How about making up your mind, sunoco or riggins for gas....
FbS December 21, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I own more then one car.. Depends on what car I am driving that day
John January 14, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Wow, when do U work, your always testing out the food places.....I believe that all the gas comes from south philly....not sure of that but I could be wrong.....have a good one
John January 14, 2013 at 06:33 PM
@Sue, guess not, we have flooding conditions in town, speeders on the side streets and gasoline prices that go up and down on a whime, we just started a senior citizens advisory board for suggestions and PEOPLE do not like that idea....I have read articles about Barons gas station, Bo Woks and other places that are eye sores and we now have new business in town....Maybe new schools is not what we need here....according to U everyone complains and no one does anything....I guess I should run for office, could not do any worse than what we got now...

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