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Project Benefits People with Disabilities

NEWARK, NJ, February 21, 2003 – The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved plans to make historic Morristown Train Station in Morris County accessible to people with disabilities.

The Board awarded a $3.86 million contract to Northeast Construction of Lakewood, NJ, to construct two mini high-level platforms with canopies and lighting, to install elevators linking the pedestrian tunnel with the platforms, to perform structural repairs to the pedestrian tunnel, to make accessible improvements to two rest rooms and to extend the length of the Hoboken/New York-bound platform.

“We must make mass transit a welcome option for disabled customers,” said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and Acting State Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “We are committed to investing in a mass transit system that is reliable and accessible to everyone.”

“NJ TRANSIT is improving customer service to all of its riders, including our passengers with disabilities,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “The Morristown station is one of the busiest stations on the Morris & Essex Lines, and provides our passengers with nearby access to Morristown General Hospital, the Seeing Eye Training Center and Morris County government offices including social service agencies.”

The work at Morristown Station – located on Lackawanna Place along the Morris & Essex Lines – will bring the historic station into compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Morristown Station was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in 1914 and is listed on the Federal and State Historic Registers. The ADA improvements have been designed with the approval of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to preserve the historic nature of the station building.

Morristown Station serves 1,835 average weekday riders on 97 weekday trains traveling to/from Hoboken Terminal and Penn Station New York.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 163 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.