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May 11, 2005

NEWARK, NJ – The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today awarded a $50.8 million construction contract to Conti Enterprises, Inc. to rehabilitate and make accessibility improvements to the historic Newark Broad Street Station. The project will produce a barrier-free station that makes rail service accessible to all customers, including those with disabilities.

“This project, when completed, will have an uplifting effect on the surrounding neighborhood and the City of Newark as a whole,” said Mayor Sharpe James. “This landmark station has the potential to serve as an anchor for economic development and renewal.”

“We have an obligation to make transportation services accessible to all New Jerseyians,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Jack Lettiere. “Not only will the improvements at Newark Broad Street Station fulfill our obligations under the American Disabilities Act, they will enhance the commuting experience for the nearly 3,000 customers who use the station each day.”

“The improvements we will make at Newark Broad Street Station will transform the station into a magnet for economic development and urban renewal,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “This is a great project for the City of Newark, and we are proud to be moving forward with it.”

During construction, NJ TRANSIT will install two full-length, high-level platforms— including a new center island platform—that will enable passengers to board trains on all three tracks, rather than just the two outside tracks today. Boarding from high-level platforms is easier for customers, because it does not require climbing steps to board or alight from the train. In addition, high-level platforms will enable train crews to use all doors on one side of the train, resulting in faster passenger loading and unloading.

Also included in the project are:

  • Rehabilitation of the main waiting room
  • Installation of canopies on both new platforms
  • Installation of lighting throughout the station
  • Reconstruction of railroad bridges over Martin Luther King Boulevard, University Avenue and Broad Street
  • Construction of six new sets of stairs to both platforms and to the main station building
  • Installation of two elevators – one in the main station building leading to the platform and another connecting the pedestrian tunnel to the center island platform
  • Reconstruction of a pedestrian tunnel connecting the main station building to the new island platform
  • Construction of new public restrooms adjacent to the station’s waiting room
  • Track work to support installation of new high level platforms

The station will remain open during construction, which is expected to begin this summer and be completed in late 2007. NJ TRANSIT has drafted a detailed operations plan to minimize the impact to customers. As the project progresses, customers will be kept informed through Service Adjustment notices, in-station signage and the website.

Newark Broad Street is among the busiest rail stations on the NJ TRANSIT commuter rail system with more than 2,700 passenger boardings per weekday. Constructed by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad between 1901 and 1903, the facility is one of the state’s premier historic railroad stations and is listed on State and National Registers of Historic Places.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 52 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.