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NJ TRANSIT APPROVES PARK/RIDE EXPANSION

840 New Parking Spaces Coming In FY03; Design For 3,300 More

NEWARK, NJ, NOVEMBER 13, 2002 The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors authorized today $13 million for a Fiscal Year 2003 (FY03) Park/Ride Expansion program, which will lead to the construction of 840 new parking spaces and initiate design for more than 3,300 spaces at 16 locations. FY03 runs through June 30, 2003.

The program supports Governor James E. McGreevey’s “Smart Growth” initiative and NJ TRANSIT’s “Back to Basics” strategy by providing improved access to rail stations that support the Corporation’s core system. Over the next two years, NJ TRANSIT plans to add nearly 7,000 parking spaces a near 8 percent increase of system capacity and a 25 percent increase in the number of NJ TRANSIT owned spaces.

“It’s unacceptable that New Jersey residents spend years on waiting lists for parking spaces at our rail stations and bus park/ride facilities,” said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. “It’s not enough that our trains and buses are clean and run on time, or that we provide each customer with a seat. They need access to mass transportation if we’re going to take cars off of highways and relieve congestion.”

“The Corporation is determined to provide greater access to its transportation services,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “We remain committed toward meeting the basic infrastructure and capacity needs of our core system and improving the quality of the commute for bus and rail riders.”

Today, there are about 87,000 parking spaces available to NJ TRANSIT commuters on a daily basis. The Corporation owns 45 percent (24,500) of parking capacity on the rail system, 3 percent of capacity on the bus system and all (2,760) of the capacity on the light rail system.

Over the next two years, NJ TRANSIT plans to add nearly 7,000 parking spaces a near 8 percent increase of system capacity and a 25 percent increase in the number of NJ TRANSIT owned spaces.

Construction and land acquisitions for the FY03 program would occur in the following locations:

  • Montvale Train Station Pascack Valley Line (140 new spaces).
  • Essex Street Train Station, Hackensack Pascack Valley Line (36 new spaces).
  • Towaco Train Station Montclair Boonton Line (100 new spaces).
  • Boonton Train Station Montclair Boonton Line (30 new spaces).
  • Somerville Train Station Raritan Valley Line (60 new spaces).
  • Allendale Train Station Main Line (32 new spaces).
  • Toms River Bus Park/Ride Garden State Parkway Exit 82 (150 new spaces).
  • Washington Township Bus Park/Ride Hurffville Cross Keys Rd. and Fries Mill Rd. (300 new spaces).

Design work would occur in the following locations:

  • Waldwick Train Station Main Line (250 new spaces).
  • Clifton Train Station Main Line (190 new spaces).
  • Garfield Train Station Bergen County Line (230 new spaces).
  • North Hackensack Train Station Pascack Valley Line (400 new spaces).
  • A new Route 23 Bus Park/Ride, Wayne (2,000 new spaces).
  • Allwood Road Bus Park/Ride, Clifton (260 new spaces).
  • Willingboro Bus Park/Ride, (Location and number of spaces TBD).
  • A new Cumberland Bus Park/ Ride, (Location and number of spaces TBD).

NJ TRANSIT plans to add between 10,000 and 20,000 parking spaces at various bus and rail parkrides in the next five years. The total includes 3,121 spaces to support next year’s scheduled opening of the Southern New Jersey Light Rail System, 235 spaces at the future Hudson Bergen Light Rail 21st Street station in Bayonne (2003) and 750 spaces at the future Hudson Bergen Light Rail Tonnelle Avenue station in North Bergen (2005).

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 160 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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