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Direct Rail Service On Track

NEWARK, NJ, March 10, 2004 – The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved a contract amendment for Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc. of Newark to redesign a portion of the right-of-way in East Rutherford along the Pascack Valley Line, which will allow direct rail services to the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

Thanks to the leadership of Governor McGreevey, we have laid out an alignment that addresses connectivity, frequency, cost-effectiveness and flexibility,” said NJ DOT Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Jack Lettiere. “We are going to begin immediately to build rail service to the Meadowlands in a smart way.”

“We are uniquely positioned to make the vision of rail service to the Meadowlands a reality,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “For the first time in about 30 years, we have a practical, affordable, workable, do-able program that we’re absolutely committed to bringing on line in less than four short years.”

The Meadowlands rail link construction project, which includes a new station at the sports complex, is scheduled to begin in the summer 2005 and conclude by the end of 2007.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 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 162 rail stations, 29 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.