I may have forgotten to mention this, but starting today, I’m now commuting from a new train station. No, not a *new* train station. The Princeton Junction train station that is only 15 mins from our house, but there was a 5-8 year waiting list to get a parking spot. In 2005, I considered getting on the list, and my wife thought it would be a good idea to get on the 5-year waiting list at that time after we moved into our neighborhood. I stupidly said, “Nah! Who knows where I’ll be working in 5-8 years.” Lo and behold, I end up working in Newark and taking the train in 2011. I spend the next two years driving every day to the Hamilton Train Station (40 mins in traffic each way) but there is plentiful parking available there.
However, the good news is that, again at the behest of my wife, I finally signed up for the waiting list at Princeton Junction. And in November 2013, while perusing my Junk Mail for no particular reason, I find an email from the West Windsor Parking Authority stating that I was eligible to get a spot in their newly expanded Vaughn Lot. Luckily, I still had two days left before the window of opportunity closed, and I was able to submit the paperwork and payment.
So here I am, Monday December 2nd 2013, and I’m finally parking and commuting from Princeton Junction. It saved me 20 mins off my commute in the morning, and the train ride in is only 36 mins on the Express. And the parking is $60 cheaper a month. It’s a win-win. It’s also been a long time coming.