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PLAN TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY OF RIDGEWOOD STATION MOVES FORWARD

August 1, 2006
NJT-06-097
Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — Efforts to make historic Ridgewood Station fully accessible to customers with disabilities reached an important milestone today as the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors awarded a $1.9 million contract for design services to Vollmer Associates of Newark, NJ.

The design work will be guided by a concept plan, which is expected be selected by the Ridgewood Village Council at their scheduled meeting tomorrow.

The project will bring the station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and improve the functionality of the station, while incorporating practical and aesthetic suggestions made by Village officials.

“We want to thank Ridgewood elected officials for their leadership and cooperation in working with us on this important project,” NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington said. “The planned renovations exemplify our commitment to make mass transit a convenient travel option for all residents.”

The concept for the project was refined following community input. Platform location and canopy architecture were among the features addressed during meetings between Ridgewood and NJ TRANSIT officials earlier this year.

The project calls for two high-level platforms with canopies serving three tracks, new elevators, improvements to the existing Franklin Avenue pedestrian underpass and reconstruction of the station restrooms and ticket office.

The new center island platform will be 710 feet long while the side platform will extend for 640 feet. Canopies over each platform will be 350 feet long.

An average of 1,300 customers board trains each weekday at Ridgewood Station, which is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The station building is owned by the Village, with the tracks owned by NJ TRANSIT.

Final design work is expected to be completed in Spring 2008, with project completion in early 2010. Total project cost, including design, is expected to cost approximately $28 million, with funding anticipated from the state Transportation Trust Fund and the Federal Transit Administration.

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