Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $1.38 Million For Upgrades At Newark Penn Station

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $1.38 Million For Upgrades At Newark Penn Station

Grant to Help Improve Passenger Safety, Comfort at State's Busiest Station

Washington - U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award NJ Transit more than $1.38 million in federal funds for upgrades at Newark Penn Station.

"Thousands of New Jerseyans use Newark Penn Station every day. With record number of passengers traveling by train, we must continue to upgrade our stations so travelers get to destinations safely, comfortably and on time," Sen. Lautenberg said. "These funds go a long way in the effort to modernize our public transportation systems, giving commuters options, helping keep cars off the road and reducing our reliance on foreign oil."

"Newark Penn Station is essential for so many New Jerseyans to get around the state and beyond," said Sen. Menendez. "This is the type of investment that can increase the safety and efficiency of our rail system. Ultimately, we want to help New Jerseyans commute and travel with ease, reduce the number of cars on the road, ease traffic congestion, and spur economic growth."

The $1,380,997 grant, administered by the USDOT's Federal Transit Administration, aids the Newark Penn Station Platform 'E' Rehabilitation project. Several areas of the project include:

• repairs to the structure and deck of the passenger-boarding platform;
• replacement of damaged bricks on the platform and missing rail guarding;
• upgrades to the interior and exterior of passenger waiting areas;
• improvements to the communication, security and lighting systems;
• repairs to the drainage systems at the track, platform and roof levels; and
• upgrades to the roof's canopy and skylights.

Newark Penn Station is one of the busiest stations in the region, serving more than 26,000 passengers a day. The station is served by five NJ Transit rail and light rail lines, ten Amtrak routes, the PATH rail line to New York City, and local, regional and national bus services.

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