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August 22, 2005

NEWARK, NJ – State Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski and Woodbridge Mayor Frank G. Pelzman joined NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington today to announce that reconstruction of Woodbridge Station will begin in early September.

The $23 million overhaul will result in a better commuting experience for the 1,600 daily commuters who board at the station.

“The improvements being made to Woodbridge Station will create a more comfortable, safer and more easily accessible platform for the 1,600 commuters who use the station every day. Projects like this make using mass transit more appealing and can help ease congestion,” said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-19), Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “However, projects like this cannot happen without a funding source. The State’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) is running on fumes. Unless we can agree on a funding source for transportation projects, initiatives such as this will be difficult to achieve.”

"We are pleased NJ TRANSIT is investing in its host communities," said Woodbridge Township Mayor Frank G. Pelzman. "The commuters using the Woodbridge train station have a major economic impact on our downtown businesses. These upgrades will make traveling to and from Woodbridge on NJ TRANSIT an even more pleasurable experience."

“In the next 12 months, NJ TRANSIT will begin two major projects in Woodbridge that will improve the commuting experience for thousands of customers—one at Woodbridge Station and the other at Metropark,“ said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “Taken together, we will make a $70 million capital investment in the Woodbridge benefiting 8,400 daily customers.”

The newly reconstructed Woodbridge Station will feature:

  • More comfort. On the newly constructed platform, four new windscreen shelters with benches will provide customers with protection from the weather with push-button, on-demand heating. The platform canopy will triple in length to provide more shelter.
  • More accessibility. The existing station building, which currently closes at 1 p.m., will be replaced with a larger waiting area and two additional ticket-vending machines that will be available to customers 24 hours a day. Also, two wheelchair-accessible restrooms will replace the one existing restroom.

  • More security. New security cameras will be installed and connected to NJ TRANSIT’s closed-circuit television network, which will allow police to have 24-hour surveillance of the station.

The project includes a new 800-foot center island high-level platform and rebuilt stairs to street level. The new high-level platform will replace the existing structure, and the current elevator to platform level will be preserved and incorporated as an element of the rebuilt facility. At the Pearl Street entrance, modifications will be made to the street level retail space.

To minimize inconvenience to customers, the station will remain open throughout all phases of construction. During the final phase, however, the elevator will be out of operation, and NJ TRANSIT will provide bus service to another accessible station for customers with disabilities.

The project is scheduled for completion in March 2007.

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.