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Newark Penn Station: Reimagining an Icon

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Since its dedication in 1935, Newark Penn Station has been an iconic symbol of both the promise of public transportation and the energy and innovativeness of the city of Newark. It is the seventh busiest rail station in North America and one of the busiest stations in the region. The station is served by NJ TRANSIT commuter trains, the Newark Light Rail, the PATH, and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor services. The station also serves as Newark’s main bus terminal.

But over the past 86 years, time and the elements have taken their toll on the station that serves as the Gateway to New Jersey.

Now, we are reimagining an icon.

Through a 5-year, $190 million investment by the State of New Jersey, NJ TRANSIT is proud to announce a renovation and improvement project to restore Newark Penn Station to its full glory as the centerpiece of the region’s transportation network. 

And the work has already begun!

$30 million in renovations and restoration work is already underway, with additional upgrades scheduled over the next five years totaling $160 million.

The first phase of renovations will focus on aesthetics such as restoration of the classic benches in the waiting room, installation of brighter lighting, updating of the bathrooms, improved HVAC and air-handling, fresh paint and tile, and a deep clean of the limestone exterior to once again showcase the architecturally significant facade.

Check out the improvements to come and the ones already made:


In the bus lanes, new lighting and improved drainage will improve the rider experience. And improved directional and way-finding signage will help make sense of this station’s labyrinth of platforms and hallways.

Longer-term enhancements will focus on improving the station’s openness, light, and overall commuter and visitor experience. A future goal is to make Newark Penn Station more of a destination, with added dining and shopping in the concourse.

We encourage you to sign up for updates about this critical initiative and join us as we reimagine an icon.
 

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Take a look at more of the work being done: