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CUSTOMER COMMUNICATION UPGRADES APPROVED FOR PATERSON STATION

Signs will provide customers with current service updates

May 14, 2008
NJT-08-035

NEWARK, NJ – The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved a contract to install new customer communication systems at Paterson Station in what will be the final phase of an extensive rehabilitation of the historic facility.

Under the contract, the station public address system will be improved and new LED and LCD customer information signs, with the capability to display up-to-the-minute service messages, will be installed at platform and street level for bus and rail customers. In addition, CCTV cameras will be upgraded and a new remote elevator monitoring and control system will be installed to enhance reliability.

“This project exemplifies NJ TRANSIT’s ongoing commitment to enhance accessibility to our system and to provide our customers with timely travel information,” said NJ TRANSIT Chairman and Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri.

“Through careful investment in Paterson Station in recent years, we have preserved its historic character while making it accessible to customers with disabilities,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “With today’s board action, we will be integrating 21st-century technology into the facility for the benefit of the nearly 600 customers who use the station every day.”

The communications upgrades are part of NJ TRANSIT’s ongoing commitment to maintain its equipment and facilities in a state of good repair. A $1.4 million contract was awarded to Daidone Electric Inc. of Newark through a competitive bid process.

Work is expected to begin in July and be completed in early 2009. The same federal grant that paid for the earlier phases of the station rehabilitation is funding the current project.

Paterson Station is one of NJ TRANSIT’s 35 key stations that were designated for accessibility improvements. When those improvements were made in the mid 1990s, the existing platform configuration, including a viaduct which dates back to about 1930, was preserved. The station now features a high-level, center island platform that accommodates customers with disabilities.

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