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OFFICIALS MARK COMPLETION OF RENOVATIONS TO PATERSON’S BROADWAY BUS TERMINAL
$1.4 million project offers modern facility for customers
December 21, 2010
NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein joined Assemblywoman Nellie Pou and Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones today to mark the completion of Broadway Bus Terminal renovations, providing customers with a modern facility equipped with new heating and air conditioning systems and customer communications upgrades.
“Revitalizing our mass transit infrastructure is a key component of our economic recovery, and I am proud of this investment to modernize and improve the City’s bus terminal for the residents who use the facility each day,” said U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, a former Paterson mayor and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “A project like this is good for Paterson and it’s good for New Jersey. That’s why I will continue to fight for projects that encourage use of New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure and facilities.”
“Residents who rely on Broadway Bus Terminal for their day-to-day transportation will have a more pleasant commute as a result of the upgrades,” said Mayor Jones. “I am pleased that NJ TRANSIT has completed this project, giving City residents the modern and comfortable facility they deserve.”
In July 2009, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors authorized a $1.4 million contract with John O’Hara Co., Inc., of East Orange, NJ, to refurbish the Broadway Bus Terminal building and site, including a new stucco and brick base exterior, new roof, new HVAC system, and repaving and marking of the existing bus lanes.
“This project will not only improve the commuting experience for the customers who use the terminal each day to travel to Newark, New York and communities throughout Passaic and Bergen counties, but makes dropping off and picking up customers safer and more convenient for our operators,” said Weinstein. “Projects like these encourage use of NJ TRANSIT’s extensive bus network and underscore our commitment to maintaining safe and comfortable transit facilities for our customers.”
Constructed in the 1930’s, Broadway Bus Terminal underwent renovations in 1940, 1962, and most recently in 1983. Today the terminal consists of a waiting room with customer restrooms and a vendor space, with a curbside bus drop-off location outside, as well as four islands serving four separate bus lanes.
The project included installation of closed-circuit television cameras for enhanced security, directional signage and passenger information display cases, as well as construction of a canopy over the bus lanes for protection from the elements, new lighting, a new public address system and a bus departure information screen.
A 450-square foot addition to the 1,120-square foot terminal building now provides storage and technology support spaces as well as new employee facilities.
Broadway Bus Terminal serves approximately 1,600 average weekday passenger trips on the 72, 74, 151, 161, 171, 190, 703, 746, and 770 bus lines. Customers use the terminal for travel to and from destinations including Newark, New York, East Rutherford, Haledon, Ridgewood, Pompton Lakes, Wayne and Hackensack.
Customers who board buses from Broadway Bus Terminal can take advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s My Bus system to find out when the next bus is arriving. Based on a system of bus stop ID numbers—unique five-digit numbers NJ TRANSIT has assigned to each of its bus stops—My Bus enables customers who have cell phones with SMS (text messaging) capabilities to receive bus schedule information for a specific stop directly to their phones.
The five-digit bus stop ID for Broadway Bus Terminal is 27270, which customers may text to “MyBus” (69287), and My Bus will respond via text message with the routes and times for the next scheduled trips that serve the terminal.
As part of the program, NJ TRANSIT has installed a new My Bus sign at Broadway Bus Terminal, displaying the bus stop ID and instructions for how to use the My Bus system. My Bus signs will be installed across the state, including the remainder of Passaic County, by the end of 2011.
Customers can also obtain their bus stop ID online at njtransit.com/mybus. Simply enter an address, and the website will show the nearest bus stops, including street names, a Google map, and the bus stop ID numbers.
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