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CONSTRUCTION OF NEW WAYNE/ROUTE 23 PARK & RIDE APPROVED BY NJ TRANSIT BOARD

Intermodal facility to serve bus and train customers

September 13, 2006
NJT-06-118
Contact: Joe Dee 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ – Commuters along Routes 23, 46 and Interstate 80 will soon enjoy greater convenience and easier access to express buses and Montclair-Boonton Line trains, as a result of action taken today by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors.

The board awarded a $16.3 million construction contract to J.H. Reid General Contractor of South Plainfield to build the Wayne/Route 23 Park & Ride, a multi-modal hub that will include bus and rail platforms, as well as a new 1,000-space parking lot.

“This project will improve access to transit service for rail and bus customers and help to relieve congestion along routes 23, 46 and Interstate 80,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Chairman Kris Kolluri. “We are also ensuring the long-term availability of parking for bus customers in the region.”

“The Wayne/Route 23 Park & Ride is a model of the kind of intermodal facility that gives commuters maximum flexibility and choice,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “We expect that the facility will become one of our ‘interceptor’ locations, where commuters can easily turn off the highway and step aboard a bus or train.”

The contract includes construction of an ADA-accessible high-level train platform on the Montclair-Boonton Line, bus-boarding areas, a surface parking lot and modifications to adjacent roads. The facility will be equipped with canopies and heated waiting areas for passenger comfort, as well as a state-of-the-art passenger information system.

Located on a 10-acre parcel at the West Belt Road Interchange near the intersection of Routes 23, 46 and Interstate 80, the new park & ride will be directly accessible from Route 23, eliminating the need for commuters to use local roads.

The facility will offer express bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan seven days a week and rail service to Hoboken Terminal on weekdays. Rail customers en route to New York may transfer to MidTOWN DIRECT trains at Montclair State University (MSU) Station or at Newark Broad Street.

Construction is expected to start this fall and be completed in early 2008.

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