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NJ TRANSIT BOARD APPROVES NORTH HACKENSACK PARKING EXPANSION

Project provides commuters with 143 new parking spaces

July 11, 2007
NJT-07-070
Contact: Courtney Carroll 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJCommuters looking for parking at North Hackensack Station will soon find nearly twice as many spaces to choose from as a result of a project approved today by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors.

NJ TRANSIT will nearly double parking capacity at the station with construction of a new 143-space surface lot on the east side of the tracks. The second lot will bring the total number of available parking spaces to 291.

“Expanded parking will be a great benefit for our residents,” said River Edge Mayor Margaret Falahee Watkins. “The project will improve access to the NJ TRANSIT system, giving people another reason to leave their cars behind.”

The station, served by trains on the Pascack Valley Line, is expected to see an increase in ridership when NJ TRANSIT introduces bi-directional, off-peak and weekend rail service in the coming months. NJ TRANSIT is nearing completion of four “passing tracks” along the single-track railroad to allow trains to operate in both directions at the same time. Currently, all Pascack Valley trains operate to Hoboken in the morning and from Hoboken in the afternoon and evening.

“A new parking lot at North Hackensack Station will provide capacity for increased ridership at a time when we are introducing bi-directional, midday and weekend service on the Pascack Valley Line,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.

Tilcon New York Inc. of Wharton, NJ will build the new parking expansion under a $1.6 million contract. Construction is scheduled to begin this September, with completion expected in mid-2008.

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