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NJ TRANSIT APPROVES INTERIOR WORK ON RUTHERFORD STATION
Project will continue restoration of historic station building
May 13, 2009
NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved work to restore the interior of the historic Rutherford Station on the Bergen County Line—a project that will preserve the building as both a transit facility and community landmark.
“I am pleased to have delivered federal funding to the people of Rutherford to make this project possible and maintain the integrity and history of the train station,” said U.S. Representative Steven Rothman. “We are not only restoring the building's century-old beauty from the inside out, but also making it useful again and preventing even costlier repairs down the road.”
“The improvements to Rutherford Station will restore and preserve one of New Jersey’s historic assets, while ensuring the useful life of the station for residents and riders,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Stephen Dilts.
The Board authorized a $988,000 contract with Collette Contracting, Inc., of Rutherford, NJ, for construction work to refurbish the interior of the main station building, including the ceiling and floors, windows, doors, wood benches, plaster surfaces, and wood frames and moldings. The project also includes the replacement of exterior windows and doors in the taxi stand building.
“The restoration of Rutherford Station demonstrates our commitment to maintaining safe and comfortable transit facilities for our customers that make it easy for them to choose NJ TRANSIT as their preferred travel mode,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.
Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, Rutherford Station was constructed in 1898 and serves approximately 1,030 customers on a typical weekday.
Construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion anticipated in spring 2010.
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