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NJ TRANSIT TO RESTORE CANOPY AT WATSESSING TRAIN STATION

Canopy repairs will improve commuting experience

September 10, 2007
NJT-07-066

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved nearly $2 million worth of improvements for Watsessing Station in Bloomfield, including restoration of the inbound and outbound canopies and rehabilitation of the station area.

"Securing the funding necessary to make this project happen has been a worthy cause, as it will provide New Jersey commuters with shelter and enhanced comfort," said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., who secured the federal funding while a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

"The restoration of Watsessing Station guarantees that this valued treasure will not only improve the commuting experience for customers, but it will preserve the station for generations to come," said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri.

The Board awarded a $1.7 million contract to Watertrol, Inc. of Cranford, NJ, to restore the platform and canopy, mount new roof tiles and draining system, repair and replace metal fences and stairways, install new platform lighting, and treat concrete surfaces with anti-graffiti protection.

"These improvements demonstrate both Bloomfield Township’s and NJ TRANSIT’s shared commitment to preserving history and improving the transit experience for area residents," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. "This is all done with an eye towards making NJ TRANSIT the ‘preferred choice’ for commuters."

"The rehabilitation of Watsessing Station will help in our effort to reestablish Bloomfield as a vibrant neighborhood, and bring business, commerce, and vitality to our community," said Bloomfield Township Mayor Raymond McCarthy.

Built in 1912, Watsessing Station serves approximately 200 Montclair-Boonton Line customers on a typical weekday.

Construction is expected to begin in November 2007, with completion in the fall of 2008.

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