Gov. Phil Murphy was joined by NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett, Speaker Craig Coughlin, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, and other state and local officials today to celebrate the groundbreaking on major renovations at the Perth Amboy Train Station. Renovations will include the construction of two new high-level platforms, four new elevators, and additional ramps and stairs to provide greater access to the station’s platforms.
“The renovations to this historical train station represent [an] ongoing commitment to investing in our public transportation infrastructure,” said Murphy. “As commuters once again return to the trains they relied upon pre-pandemic to get to work or school, they must have confidence in the safety, comfort, and reliability of NJ TRANSIT. Enhancing accessibility and transforming the experience of commuters through innovative improvements will benefit countless commuters who rely on NJ TRANSIT both here in Perth Amboy and throughout our state.”
“The groundbreaking we celebrate today will significantly improve the customer experience for the hundreds of customers who depend on this station every day,” added Corbett. “Most importantly, aligned with one of the five over-arching goals in our 10-Year Strategic Plan (NJT2030) to power a stronger and fairer New Jersey for all communities, Perth Amboy Station will be fully accessible for customers with mobility impairments when construction is complete.”
Plans to improve the Perth Amboy Train Station – which served an average of 874 weekday customer trips prior to the pandemic – were included in NJ TRANSIT’s 5-year capital plan launched in June 2020. The approximate $45.5 million awarded to a construction contractor to perform these renovations was funded with a combination of federal and state monies. Upon completion of the project, the station will meet accessibility requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
These renovations are among many other upgrades the administration has planned for NJ TRANSIT’s older rail infrastructure. Other projects underway include improvements along the North Jersey Coast Line and Northeast Corridor totaling more than $2 billion dollars – including the revitalization of the Elizabeth Train Station and the construction of the new Portal North and Raritan River bridges.
“This is a great day for Perth Amboy residents who rely on public transportation,” said Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. “These much-needed improvements will make the historic Perth Amboy train station accessible for everyone who uses it and will make important upgrades to the station’s buildings. I look forward to seeing the newly renovated station when the construction is complete and thank everyone who made this day a reality.”
The Perth Amboy renovations are expected to be completed by the first half of 2024. Additional improvements to the station will include renovated restrooms, the installation of upgraded security cameras, and repairs to the pedestrian bridge as well as the eastbound and westbound buildings.
The station’s distinctive design elements, built in the Renaissance Revival architectural style when it was constructed in 1927, will be preserved in the new station.
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