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Work Would Modernize Rail Operations at Support Facility

NEWARK, NJ, April 23, 2002 -- NJ TRANSIT will host a public hearing Wednesday, May 1, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Church of St. Bonaventure in Lavellette, NJ, to receive public comment on the Corporation's Environmental Assessment of the proposed Bay Head rail yard improvement project.

NJ TRANSIT is seeking to advance a plan to upgrade the fueling, light maintenance and storage operations at the existing Bay Head yard -- which was originally constructed in 1872 -- to comply with new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations and to help address community concerns including noise, lighting and diesel fumes.

Bay Head yard serves seven NJ TRANSIT trains operating on the North Jersey Coast Line between Bay Head and Long Branch, Newark and/or Hoboken. The North Jersey Coast Line serves more than 16,000 daily riders.

Presentations will be made by NJ TRANSIT staff at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to provide an overview of the planned improvements and their environmental impacts. The balance of the time will be dedicated to receiving public comments. Each speaker will be allowed five minutes to speak, with all information gathered during the hearing being forwarded to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for review. All comments and information will become part of the public hearing record.

The Bay Head Yard Improvement Project includes:

Copies of the Environmental Assessment for the project are available for review at the following locations:

Church of St. Bonaventure is located on Grand Central Avenue (Route 35 North) in Lavallette. Individuals requesting sign language interpreters should call (973) 491-7022 no later than April 24.

For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent to:


Corporate Affairs Department

One Penn Plaza East

Newark, NJ 07105

All written comments must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2002.