Construction is happening around McCarter for Princeton University’s Arts & Transit project and the expansion of the Lewis Center for the Arts. This will have an impact on parking, traffic and transit in and around McCarter through late Fall 2014.
We encourage you to stay informed by visiting this page frequently before you attend a McCarter event. We will send out email alerts and construction updates throughout the season. Our performance reminders will also include the most current information on traffic patterns, road closures, and “what you need to know” for the upcoming season at McCarter. Not on our email list? You can join here!
For more information about the Arts & Transit Project, visit www.princeton.edu/artsandtransit. Here you will find a project overview, timeline for construction, and frequently asked questions. You can also sign up to receive updates directly from Princeton University on the construction.
Ample FREE PARKING (evenings and weekends) is available at the WEST GARAGE which is indoor and located on Elm Drive off of Faculty Road on the Princeton University campus, a five minute walk to McCarter. (see Parking area map for details).
Metered parking is also available in the New Jersey Transit Princeton Station Lot on Alexander Street.
Princeton University is providing FREE shuttle bus service on performance nights between McCarter Theatre and the Princeton Station parking lot. The lot is located south of the theater along Alexander Street.
Additional parking is located along the historic, well-lit streets of Princeton on University Place, though these spaces fill up early.
Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis to those displaying official state license plates or placards. Designated spaces in the McCarter circle for Matthew’s performances and at bagged meters for Berlind performances are made available for disabled patrons. A drop-off area is available in the McCarter circle driveway for Matthews Theatre performances.
From New York City (or NJ Turnpike southbound)
Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 9. Use a right-hand tollbooth. Take a sharp right after tollbooth (to"New Brunswick, Route 18"). Get onto Route 18; after a few seconds, follow the road as it bears left, then immediately get into the right- hand lane as the road curves to the right. Exit to the right where the sign says "U.S. 1 South to Trenton." After about 18 miles on U.S. Route 1 south, follow directions from Route 1 below.
From NJ Turnpike Northbound
Take Exit 8 at Hightstown. Proceed into Hightstown to T in road; turn left in front of the big fire station. At the next light turn right onto Stockton (Route 571/Princeton Hightstown Road). Stay on 571 West for about 8 miles until reaching a major highway, Route 1. Get on Route 1 South by going left around traffic circle. Proceed to take first exit off of Route 1 South onto Alexander Road. Make a right onto Alexander, (heading West, towards Princeton). At the fourth light turn right onto University Place. McCarter is on the left.
From Route 1
Take Alexander Road exit and head West, towards Princeton. (Traveling South on Route 1, turn right onto Alexander, traveling North, exit on the right and make a left at the light at the end of the off ramp.) At the fourth light, turn right onto University Place. You will see the Princeton Train Station on the right. McCarter is on the left.
From Route 27 (Nassau Street)
Going south into Princeton proper, the first light is Washington Road, the second light is Witherspoon, and the third light is University Place. Make a left on University Place. McCarter is about three blocks down on the right.
From Route 206
Go to the intersection of 206 and Route 27 (Nassau Street) and turn onto it. (Traveling southbound on 206 turn left, going north bear right.) Take an immediate right at the next light onto University Place. McCarter is about three blocks down on the right.
Take I-95 North. Get off at Exit 7B/Route 206 North to Nassau Street, Princeton. Follow the directions above for 206.
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