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NEWARK LIGHT RAIL SET TO OPEN JULY 17

Connects Newark’s two train stations through downtown district

June 22, 2006
NJT-06-084
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Light Rail, an extension of the City’s subway system, will begin service on Monday, July 17, NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington announced this week at the corporation’s Board of Directors meeting.

The one-mile, light-rail extension 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.

“This new connector is part of the revitalization and redevelopment efforts here in Newark, and we are pleased to be a partner with the City in serving as an engine and a catalyst for economic development,” Warrington said.

At Newark Penn Station, Newark Light Rail will connect with the Newark City Subway, which provides 17,900 trips on a typical weekday at 12 stations between Newark Penn Station and Grove Street Station in Bloomfield.

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