In November 1998, the Federal Transit Administration issued a Record of Decision (ROD)to extend the Newark Light Rail (NLR) Extension to Newark Broad Street Station. The ROD issuance concluded the environmental review process and allowed final design to begin in December 1998. Click here to view a map of the system.
This project includes design and construction of a one-mile extension of the Newark Light Rail from Newark Penn Station to Broad Street Station, including four stations and 11 grade crossings. The new stations serve the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Riverfront Stadium and downtown office buildings. NJ TRANSIT coordinated construction of the extension to Newark Broad Street Station with the New Jersey Department of Transportation's reconstruction of Route 21 in Newark.
The project was funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). A Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) was executed with the Federal Transit Administration to support funding of the Minimal Operable Segment (MOS).
Service on began on July 17, 2006, on this segment of the Newark Light Rail.
The project will provide circulator rapid transit service to downtown Newark and serve as an economic development generator. By connecting two major rail stations, the NLR to Newark Broad Street Station also provides connectivity improvements system wide.
NJ TRANSIT Department of Capital Planning and Programs