This should unironically be renamed to TRIT Speculation. There is currently nothing happening with the TRIT besides maybe some crossing rebuilds, which are not that fun to talk about on their own, so they usually lead to speculation like this.
They did mention NJ Transit being involved in that plan a bunch, FWIW
In that article, however, they do mention they want to use the Ciba Geigy thing as a mixed-use mostly industrial site. Also mentioned at least one industrial park outside of Ciba Geigy.
Talking about restoring rail service, passenger or freight, on the TRIT when a) there's not much industry there at this moment and b) the SOUS that this connects to is a POS in terms of its maintenance state is laughable, but I think it holds merit. It's talking about the super long term, which most development plans in New Jersey, and the United States, rarely account for.
If the town wants to do this, they most likely will, since Jersey Shore towns have a long history of strong-arming their plans or being strong-armed into someone else's plans (Lakewood). If that's going to happen, they should at least try to be somewhat responsible about it, and try to have some sort of rail plans so all the new industry and people that will be brought in by their mini-city plan won't be even worse for the roads. Obviously trying to work rail into their whole scheme is going to be more effort than just posting it on a railroad forum, but it would be responsible on the part of Toms River's town government to include it in this boondoggle that is most certainly going to happen.
@jdh823 is right, at this moment there is nothing major that would consider that. The only way that would happen is whatever Toms River's mayor wants goes through, and they include it in the initial plans or traffic gets so bad they have to mitigate that years after that fact.
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