$45.5 Million Upgrade Will Make Historical Station Fully Accessible
By Adam Rizvi, TIO, N.J.: NJ TRANSIT President, and CEO Kevin S. Corbett, Speaker Craig Coughlin, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, and other state and local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for substantial renovations to Perth Amboy Train Station today. Two new high-level platforms, four new elevators, and more ramps and stairs will be built to improve access to the station’s platforms.
“The renovations to this historical train station represent my Administration’s ongoing commitment to investing in our public transportation infrastructure,” said Governor 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 both here in Perth Amboy and throughout our state.”
“Improvements to the Perth Amboy Station are another step in NJ TRANSIT’s commitment to providing accessible mobility for the communities it serves,” said NJ TRANSIT Chair and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “I look forward to continuing these efforts at stations across New Jersey.”
“Improving our transportation infrastructure is another example of NJ TRANSIT’s commitment to a safer, more enjoyable customer experience for all,” said NJ TRANSIT Board Vice-Chair and Board Capital Planning, Policy & Privatization Committee Chair Cedrick T. Fulton. ” This station is a milestone for accessibility and inclusion.”
“The groundbreaking we celebrate today will significantly improve the customer experience for the hundreds of customers who depend on this station every day,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. 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.”
NJ TRANSIT’s 5-year capital plan, which was launched in June 2020, contained plans to repair the historic Perth Amboy Train Station, which served an average of 874-weekday customer journeys prior to the epidemic. A construction contractor was given $45.5 million to complete the renovations, which was funded with a combination of federal and state funds. The station will meet the federal Americans with Disabilities Act’s accessibility criteria after the project is completed.
Including these renovations, the Administration has a number of modifications planned for NJ TRANSIT’s older rail infrastructure. Other projects underway include the renovation of the Elizabeth Train Station and the construction of the new portal North and Raritan River bridges along the North Jersey Coast Line and Northeast Corridor, which will cost more than $2 billion.
“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.”
“Any time we can invest in infrastructure projects that serve to improve accessibility for all residents, including our seniors and individuals with disabilities, is a good day for New Jersey,” said Senator Joe Vitale. “The long-anticipated enhancement and modernization of the Perth Amboy Station will allow us to maintain its history and architectural integrity while providing the necessary physical upgrades to meet the requirements under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, New platforms, elevators, and ramps will be a welcome addition, and will make the overall NJ TRANSIT customer experience easier and more enjoyable for all.”
“As construction commences for renovations to the Perth Amboy train station, the facilities that will stand here promise to be a boon for the city and its surrounding communities,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. “With repairs intending to preserve the station’s distinctive style, we’re looking forward to bolstering Perth Amboy’s historical identity and the city’s economy with accessible and upgraded local transportation and infrastructure.”
“The renovation of the historic Perth Amboy Station is an investment into the future of our transportation system and the revitalization of the surrounding area,” said Assemblywomen Yvonee Lopez. “District 19 residents are looking forward to a more modern, accessible, and comfortable local transit station, able to serve its diverse ridership for years to come.”
“Public transportation is vital for so many New Jerseyans, especially for those in our disabled community,” said Senator Patrick Diegnan, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Research has shown that many adults diagnosed with intellectual and physical disabilities face seemingly insurmountable hurdles in accessing our public transportation system. I am so pleased with the announcement of the accessibility renovations for the Perth Amboy Train Station. This is a significant step in the right direction of ensuring all New Jerseyans can independently and safely access our public transportation.”
“Today’s groundbreaking at the Perth Amboy Train Station is another step in the right direction Jersey’s transit system,” said Assembly Transportation and Independent Authority Committee Chairman Dan Benson. “The renovations. will increase accessibility and further guarantee a better traveling experience for commuters.”
“Once complete, the renovated Perth Amboy Train Station will benefit not only the people and businesses of the City of Perth Amboy, but everyone in the greater Middlesex County region,” said Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners Director Ronald G. Rios. “The County is committed to providing and maintaining safe, secure, accessible public transportation solutions for our residents- for today and for years to come, These renovations will bring us another step closer toward accomplishing that goal.”
“Perth Amboy is a vital transportation hub connecting New York to our New Jersey shore beaches,” said Perth Amboy Mayor Helmin J. Caba. “This much-needed project aligns itself with our great state’s commitment to our residents in improving accessibility and enhancing the experience of commuters. I want to thank Governor Phil Murphy, our legislators, NJ TRANSIT, and previous administrations for their advocacy and commitment to making today possible.”
The renovations in Perth Amboy are expected to be finished in the first half of 2024. Renovated restrooms, new security cameras, and renovations to the pedestrian bridge, as well as the eastbound and westbound buildings, will be among the station’s other enhancements.
The station’s notable design components, which were built in 1927 in the Renaissance Revival architectural style, will be preserved in the new station.
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