New vision for Camden’s hectic transit hub

On a typical weekday, motorists and pedestrians engage in a chaotic and sometimes dangerous dance outside the Walter Rand Transportation Center.

Drivers navigating along Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard have to make their way past public buses lumbering into and out of the transit hub. Pedestrians make their way through crosswalks partially obstructed by construction signs and fencing toward Rand and the nearby NJ Transit RiverLine station, anxious to catch the next bus or train.

The intersection is so confusing and crowded, especially during rush hour, that Camden County police officers are stationed there to help with street crossings.

“Not many urban centers have a system like this that includes so much: Camden has two rail lines (the RiverLine and PATCO Hi-Speedline), buses and highways, all surrounding an inner city,” said Kris Kolluri, recently named CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and CEO of the Rowan-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors.

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