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NJ TRANSIT BOARD APPROVES DISABLED ACCESS PLAN FOR MADISON, MORRISTOWN STATIONS

Morristown Renovations to Preserve Historic Elements

NEWARK, NJ, November 5, 2001 -- NJ TRANSIT's Board of Directors today approved a contract with Urbahn Associates/Daniel Frankfurt, PC, A Joint Venture, of New York (Urbahn/Frankfurt) to complete design of accessibility improvements for the Madison and Morristown stations on the Morris & Essex Lines.

Urbahn/Frankfurt will complete design work on two mini-high level platforms with canopies and lighting and two elevators at both stations. Transportation Trust Fund dollars will cover the project's $690,000 cost. Both Madison and Morristown stations are designated as key stations under NJ TRANSIT's Commuter Rail Accessibility Plan.

"As a statewide transportation agency, NJ TRANSIT remains committed to making its transportation network available to everyone," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein. "Making these two stations accessible provides more transportation options for New Jersey residents with disabilities."

"Madison and Morristown are among the busiest stations on the Morris & Essex Lines," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "They are also two of our 49 historic stations. Today's Board action allows us to be sensitive to their past while accommodating the needs of our customers with disabilities."

As part of the project, Urbahn/Frankfurt will develop plans to modify the pedestrian underpass at Madison Station. At Morristown Station, the firm will redesign the rest rooms to make them accessible for customers with disabilities and will extend the eastbound low-level platform. The contract also calls for Urbahn/Frankfurt to develop a plan to restore key historical elements at Morristown Station, which was built in 1915. Madison Station was completed in 1916.

Design work for both station projects is expected to be completed in fall 2002. Construction contracts will be awarded at a later date.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 380,600 daily commuters on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 163 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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