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NJ TRANSIT CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW MOUNT ARLINGTON STATION
Rail service to intermodal facility begins on Monday, January 21
January 20, 2008
NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles joined State Senator Anthony R. Bucco and Mount Arlington Mayor Arthur R. Ondish today to celebrate the opening of the new Mount Arlington Station, which will offer commuters along the busy Interstate-80 corridor convenient access to rail service.
Trains will begin serving the intermodal facility, which is also served by private carrier buses, on Monday, January 21.
"The new Mount Arlington Station and expanded parking are tremendous assets for commuters along the busy Interstate-80 corridor," said Congressman Frelinghuysen, New Jersey's senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and a champion for expanding mass transit in northern New Jersey. "With both rail and bus options available at one location, more commuters will be able to leave their cars and heavy traffic behind."
"As an intermodal transit hub, the Mount Arlington Station will serve as a model for transportation facilities throughout the state," said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. "With its ideal location, the new facility will help alleviate traffic congestion on one of the most heavily traveled roads in New Jersey."
"Projects like the Mount Arlington Station are key to ensuring the mobility of our region," said Senator Bucco. "With many commuters from the western part of the state traveling east, this facility will allow them to get on a train or bus before running into some of the most congested areas of Interstate 80."
"Our new Mount Arlington train station represents the right approach to transportation in New Jersey, especially along the busy I-80 corridor in Morris County," said Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce. "By providing an attractive alternative to driving, including a location with convenient highway access and adequate parking, we will give residents a reason to get out of their cars, thereby reducing congestion, fostering a cleaner environment and improving the quality of our commutes."
"We welcome the addition of the new Mount Arlington Station to our community," said Mayor Ondish. "Offering multiple mass transit options to our residents and commuters along this heavily-traveled corridor will bring much needed relief to traffic in the area."
"By introducing rail service to the existing bus park & ride, we have transformed the site into an intermodal facility," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. "This means greater travel flexibility and choice for commuters who can easily turn off the highway and step aboard either of these public transportation options."
With nearly 300 parking spaces ideally located at the Howard Blvd. Interchange, the Mount Arlington Station is expected to help reduce congestion on the busy I-80 corridor by giving commuters the ability to leave their cars in favor of transit service.
On weekdays, the new station will be served by trains on the Montclair-Boonton Line and the Morristown Line, enabling customers to travel to Hoboken Terminal, where transfers are available to bus, PATH and trans-Hudson ferries. Customers traveling to midtown Manhattan will be able to transfer to MidTOWN DIRECT service at Dover or Montclair State University stations. The station will be served by 34 trains per day - 16 inbound to Hoboken and 18 outbound.
The new facility is fully accessible for customers with disabilities, featuring two high-level platforms, heated waiting shelters on the inbound platform, a pedestrian under pass and public address and passenger communications systems. The project also reconfigured and expanded the existing carpool and bus park & ride lot, built by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in 2003, by 57 spaces.
In April 2006, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors awarded a $12.1 million contract to Terminal Construction Corp. of Wood-Ridge for construction of the new station and associated improvements.
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