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OVERHEAD WIRE TESTING BEGINS FOR NEWARK CITY SUBWAY EXTENSION

New downtown service scheduled for summer

March 8, 2006
NJT-06-033
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will reach another milestone of the Newark City Subway extension project on Wednesday, March 15, as newly installed overhead wires that power rail cars are energized for the first time between Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Station.

In advance of the electrification, NJ TRANSIT is reminding the public to exercise extreme caution around the subway extension project, which includes tracks that run along McCarter Highway (Route 21) through Atlantic Street to Broad Street Station and through Lombardy Street along Broad Street to Broad Street Station. All overhead wires should be considered live at all times.

NJ TRANSIT has issued the following safety precautions:

· Cross rail tracks only at designated areas such as sidewalk or street crossings.

· Do not use the tracks as a shortcut.

· Do not place foreign objects on the tracks or in the overhead wires.

· Stay away from the overhead wires and support poles.

· Stay away from substations and fences.

· Observe all traffic signals and grade-crossing, protection devices at street intersections.

· Obey all signs.

· Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists must be careful when approaching intersections crossed by the subway extension.

· Contractors working near the alignment also must make sure to operate cranes and other heavy equipment at least 10 feet away from high voltage lines.

The one-mile subway extension, which is scheduled to open this summer, will connect two of NJ TRANSIT’s busiest train stations — Newark Penn Station and Newark Broad Street Station — and support Newark’s economic rebirth along the waterfront and Broad Street. The project includes five new stations that will serve the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, The Newark Museum and the Broad Street commercial district.

Currently, the Newark City Subway provides 17,900 trips on a typical weekday at 12 stations between Newark Penn Station and Grove Street Station in Bloomfield.

For more information about destinations served by NJ TRANSIT, customers may visit www.njtransit.com or call 1-800-772-2222.

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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 800,000 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 55 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.