The 45th Street Tri-Rail Station sits just to the southeast of St. Mary’s Medical Center, an important regional hospital facility. Several large opportunity parcels exist between the station and the medical center, offering a very promising location for new transit- oriented development.
Expansion of St. Mary’s Medical Center onto the opportunity parcels adjacent to the Tri-Rail Station will make the center far more accessible to those wishing to arrive by foot. New development will be most beneficial if it features a robust mix of uses, including residential, commercial and workplace. Care should be taken to ensure that new development forms an interconnected network of traffic-calmed, walkable streets featuring wide sidewalks, pedestrian-scaled lighting and continuous shade from regularly spaced street trees.