Communiversity is on Sunday April 28 this year, and the festival, which draws over 40,000 people each year and shuts down a number of streets in downtown Princeton, snarls traffic in the area. But you can still attend the festival and you don’t have to sit in traffic to do so — you can just ride the Princeton freeB…for free!
The buses will run from three park & ride locations (the parking is free too) — the Princeton Municipal Complex, Community Park – North, and the Princeton Shopping Center. The buses will run often, making it as easy as possible for everyone to get to Communiversity.
In fact, the Princeton freeB Task Force has added more freeB service for this year’s event, thanks to last year’s success. An additional freeB bus and two additional park and ride locations have been added to the event route this year to handle demand. The two-freeB buses will circulate every 15 minutes throughout town on the special Communiversity route. Passengers may board the buses at one of the three park’n’ride locations, marked freeB bus stops or anywhere along the route where the driver feels it is safe to do so.
“Last year was the first year the bus service was offered and the response to the service was overwhelmingly positive”, said Cheryl Kastrenakes Executive Director of Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (a member of the freeB Task Force). “We wanted to build on its success and meet demand by adding additional bus service and parking”.
The annual town and gown festival is sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton University and will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nassau Street will be blocked off from Washington Road to Chambers Street, and Witherspoon Street will be blocked off from Nassau to Wiggins.
The first scheduled trip from Princeton Shopping center is at 12:30 PM. The last trip back from the Communiversity bus stop at Wiggins and Witherspoon is at 5:25 PM.
Starting at the bus stop sign at Princeton Shopping Center, the freeB bus route will travel along Valley Road to Witherspoon to Princeton Municipal complex to Wiggins/Robeson (Communiversity stop), turns right on Hodge to Elm Road, right on Elm Road to Mountain Avenue where it will enter Community Park – North parking lot, the bus will then return to Princeton Shopping Center and start over.
In addition to the Communiversity day freeB bus route, Stout’s Transportation operates the regular daytime freeB service on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays on behalf of the Municipality of Princeton.
And once you’re there, come visit Greater Mercer TMA — we will have a table at the event (booth #52A), on Witherspoon Street in front of Mezzaluna. Come find us for info on our Bike Month events, Safe Routes to School, carpooling, Ride Provide, green commuting options, and more!