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80th Birthday Newark Penn Station!
Station Connects You With Multiple Modes of Transportation
New Jersey's busiest intermodal transportation terminal celebrated its 80th birthday on March 23, 2015. Newark Penn Station (NPS), which serves NJ TRANSIT rail, bus, light rail and Access Link customers, as well as Amtrak, PATH and private carrier bus riders, opened its doors on March 23, 1935.
The station was built by the legendary Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) to take advantage of its new rail electrification project and improve transit connections serving Downtown Newark and the surrounding region. The adjacent "Dock" lift bridge over the Passaic River - billed as the "World's Greatest Railroad Lift Bridge" at the time - was built at the same time with 5,000 tons of steel.
NPS is a mix of Art Deco and Classical designs and is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Many of you who pass through the station each day may miss its unique architecture, including the large transportation medallions on the waiting room walls, four large ceiling globes made of flashed opal surrounded by white bronze zodiac signs, and decorative stainless-steel grille work over station entranceways, ticket windows and the information booth.
Outside NPS, you will find walls of grey Indiana limestone and rubbed pink granite featuring clocks and sunbursts. Both inside and outside the station you will find the infamous PRR logo (pictured).
Since assuming responsibility for the station in 1984, NJ TRANSIT has invested millions of dollars to preserve the historic structure and make the building and the surrounding area more customer-friendly, with more to come.
So the next time you pass through the station, take time out to enjoy the amazing architecture from days gone by, a facility we will continue to preserve and improve upon in the years ahead.