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Princeton Dinky line can be shortened, judge rules

 Under the plan, about 500 feet of track would be removed to make way for an arts center at Princeton.

Under the plan, about 500 feet of track would be removed to make way for an arts center at Princeton.

A judge has ruled against a group that is seeking to block the move of a popular train station in Princeton.

The station in downtown Princeton serves a two-car train, commonly known as the Dinky, that runs between the town and Princeton Junction station.

Princeton University and New Jersey Transit have approved a plan to remove 460 feet of track to allow the university to build a $320 million arts center. Foes of the plan say it will make for a longer walk to downtown Princeton and could even spell the end of the station altogether.

In a ruling last week, a judge in Mercer County dismissed the group Save The Dinky’s claim in a lawsuit that a 1984 contract doesn’t authorize the station move.

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