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High-level platforms will provide enhanced convenience for all customers

November 8, 2006
Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT today approved the latest in a series of enhancements to make South Amboy Station a modern transportation hub, awarding contracts for work that will prepare the site for construction of a new center island high-level platform as part of an overall station improvement program.

The completed project will include a new 1,000-foot center island high-level platform and canopy, climate-controlled waiting shelters, an elevator and stairs to provide convenient access to the new pedestrian overpass, a ticket office, restrooms and other customer amenities such as new signage and lighting.

“This next phase of improvements at South Amboy Station represents our commitment to making New Jersey’s rail system a safe and convenient travel option for all residents,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. “When completed, the new high-level platforms will complement the recent capital investments we have made to improve pedestrian and customer safety and accessibility at this station.”

“We are making these improvements at South Amboy Station with an eye toward safety, convenience and accessibility,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “Thanks to Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Mayor John O’Leary’s continued support, we have already made significant upgrades at the station, and we are pleased to advance to the next round of what has been a comprehensive improvement plan.”

The Board awarded a $4.2 million contract to Northeast Remsco of Toms River, NJ, to relocate overhead power and signal structures to accommodate the new platform. The work will include construction of new foundations and support poles for the railroad’s overhead catenary power system. The Board also awarded a $140,000 professional services contract to Vollmer Associates of New York City, for construction assistance. A subsequent contract will be advertised for the platform construction.

Construction of the catenary foundations and structures will begin at the end of this year, with completion expected in fall 2007. The overall high-level platform project is expected to be completed in 2009.

South Amboy Station—which serves approximately 1,200 customers on a typical weekday—is one of nine stations along the North Jersey Coast Line to receive high-level platforms as part of NJ TRANSIT’s Commuter Rail Accessibility Plan.

The new center island high-level platform will bring the station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and improve the overall safety and functionality of the station. The project follows other recent capital investments aimed at improving pedestrian and customer safety, including the new pedestrian overpass, a new grade crossing at John T. O’Leary Boulevard, and the closure of the Augusta Street grade crossing.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing nearly 857,000 weekday 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, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.