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Wider bus lanes, improved waiting area, and improved pedestrian links arrive at the reconstructed facility

June 9, 2005

NEWARK, NJ – Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith joined NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington today to celebrate the opening of the new and improved Irvington Bus Terminal.

Located in the heart of Irvington Township’s business district, the modern facility replaces a 59-year-old structure that was demolished last year. Irvington is NJ TRANSIT’s second busiest bus terminal, behind Newark Penn Station.

“I am proud to be standing here today celebrating the opening of the new bus terminal that we announced when I first took office,” said Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith. “This beautiful new facility provides the amenities that Irvington residents deserve and will effect positive change on our business district and on the Township as a whole.”

“We are proud to give the Township of Irvington a completely new facility, twice the size of the building it replaces, that will fully support the transportation needs of the more than 12,500 people who use the terminal each weekday,” Executive Director Warrington said. “Similar to other transportation projects around the state, Irvington’s new bus terminal will become a catalyst for economic redevelopment of the business district, serving as an anchor for urban renewal.”

In addition to the new 2,000-square-foot terminal building, the $5.2 million project also included construction of wider bus lanes that allow for safer arrivals and departures of nearly 1,000 buses on the eight routes that use the terminal each day.

NJ TRANSIT also received a federal grant for $515,000 to make pedestrian improvements, as well as installation of offsite lighting, brick paving and other amenities designed to increase safety and improve pedestrian links for passengers accessing the terminal from the Nye Avenue municipal parking deck. In addition, an existing parking lot adjacent to the facility was rehabilitated.

Joining in today's celebration was local merchant, Rita’s Water Ice. The merchant celebrated the opening of the new terminal by serving cool and refreshing water ice to during the ceremony.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 779,200 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 52 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.