TRENTON, N.J. – The throwback idyllic charm of Gloucester County’s communities is under threat by a proposed urban transportation fixture that is outdated and unwanted by many residents there.
Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer examines the environmental and social impacts of the Glassboro-Camden light-rail line in the Assembly Republican Office’s video, “Say no to the GCL,” now on YouTube. The assemblywoman is joined by retired engineer Charles Hughes and anti-GCL activist Tony Alveario. The three stroll the bustling sidewalks of Wenonah and Pitman boroughs and hike through the acres of quiet woods and tributaries that surround and feed Mantua Creek to discuss the harms the 18-mile train line connecting Camden to Rowan University would bring.
“All of this will go away if the GCL goes through,” Sawyer (R-Gloucester) said. “I see diesel light-rail trains and think of cities filled with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who may not have access to personal vehicles. It’s not only not needed here, it will destroy the character of what attracts families and businesses to our region.”
Instead, in this age of on-demand transportation, Sawyer wants to see support for the Bus Rapid Transit system, a cleaner and more convenient way to connect South Jersey communities.
Instead, in this age of on-demand transportation, Sawyer wants to see support for the Bus Rapid Transit system, a cleaner and more convenient way to connect South Jersey communities. A proposed line would run along major highway routes, connecting Camden and Philadelphia to numerous points throughout Gloucester County, including additional transit services offered by NJ Transit, SEPTA, PATCO and Amtrak.
Watch this and more Assembly Republican Office videos on their YouTube channel.