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June 16, 2010

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today advanced the first phase of a project that will transform Perth Amboy Station into an ADA-accessible facility, with high-level platforms and elevators to provide access for customers with disabilities.


“As a native of Perth Amboy, my strong hometown roots have been a driving force behind the active role I’ve taken in advocating for improvements at the train station,” said NJ TRANSIT Board Member Myron “Mike” Shevell.  “This project will enhance the value of the City’s commercial district and will ensure safe and convenient rail access for all residents and visitors.” 


“The Perth Amboy Station project reflects our commitment to making our rail system a viable travel option for all residents,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.  Construction of new high-level platforms will ensure full accessibility for customers with disabilities, while enhancing overall convenience for everyone who uses the station.”


The Board approved a $1 million contract with Stantec Consulting Services of Rochelle Park, NJ, to provide preliminary design and engineering services for the accessibility improvement project at Perth Amboy Station, which will include high-level platforms with canopies, elevators between the street and platform levels, and upgrades to customer communication systems when completed. 


During this phase, replacement of the existing low-level platforms with either a center island high-level platform or two side high-level platforms will be evaluated, along with recommendations on additional station upgrades.  Final design and construction will be completed in subsequent phases. 


Located on the North Jersey Coast Line, Perth Amboy Station serves more than 1,100 customers on a typical weekday.




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.