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NJ TRANSIT Increasing Light Rail Capacity
Ten years ago, NJ TRANSIT celebrated a new phase of economic revitalization for the State's largest city with the opening of Newark Light Rail's (NLR) Broad Street Extension. This critical addition connected Newark Penn Station and Newark Broad Street Station, expanding travel options throughout the region.
The NLR extension provides fast and convenient service to Newark's downtown business district and entertainment venues, such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and The Newark Museum. The service has been so successful, that NJ TRANSIT recently rolled out the first of 10 expanded light rail vehicles, providing customers with 50 percent more seating and a more comfortable ride.
Twenty-five expanded light rail cars are also coming to Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, including one already operating on the system. NJ TRANSIT partnered with its original vehicle manufacturer to create an innovative, cost-effective solution that would not significantly impact the Hudson- Bergen Light Rail or Newark Light Rail infrastructure, or require a costly investment in new rail cars. Kinkisharyo International, LLC came up with the simple and elegant design using existing resources and spare equipment.
These capacity improvements on both light rail systems were advanced based on customer feedback through our quarterly Scorecard surveys. We hope you enjoy the ride!