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New Jersey’s ‘Dream’ Mall: 40 Million People and a Traffic Nightmare

  • Like Mall of America, but with dense population, awful roads
  • October opening after ownership changes, years of delays
A sign for the American Dream mega-mall in New Jersey.
A sign for the American Dream mega-mall in New Jersey.

Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

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After 16 years of false starts, the behemoth American Dream retail and amusement complex is set to open just west of Manhattan. To get there, an expected 40 million visitors must join the traffic-choked roads of northern New Jersey.

The project’s owner, Triple Five Group, expects crowds to rival those at its Mall of America, where express buses, free shuttles and Minnesota’s most-traveled light-rail route carry people to the busiest U.S. shopping destination. Unlike Minnesota, New Jersey has no plans to link the site by rail from its major airport. In fact, it has no plans for any new train service, only additional bus routes with extended hours and stops.