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Authorizes design of state-of-the-art communication system

September 22, 2005

NJ TRANSIT’s ongoing effort to improve the quality of public address announcements and dynamic signage took a step forward today, as the NJ TRANSIT board of directors approved an $846,000 engineering services contract.

The contract authorizes preliminary engineering for new communications systems at 22 bus, rail and light rail facilities that will bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for audio and visual communications. The work at each facility will involve the replacement of the existing public address system, including speakers, wiring, back-end equipment and network interface.

"The ability to effectively communicate with our customers is necessary, not only for routine operations, but especially during service disruptions or emergencies," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "With the Systemwide Passenger Communications Program, NJ TRANSIT is moving toward a state-of-the-art system that offers clarity and real-time information for rail, bus and light rail customers."

In addition to clearer announcements, the project will provide for the replacement or addition of dynamic signage systems to provide customers with visual information.

The following locations were selected for the first phase of upgrades based on ridership, ADA status, transfer opportunities, operational issues and current conditions:

  • Atlantic City Bus Terminal
  • Branch Brook Park (Newark City Subway)
  • Broadway Bus Terminal
  • Chatham
  • Denville
  • Dover
  • Edison
  • Elizabeth
  • Hackensack Bus Terminal
  • Hoboken Terminal
  • Irvington Bus Terminal
  • Journal Square (Jersey City)
  • Long Branch
  • Matawan
  • Metuchen
  • New Brunswick
  • Old Bridge Park/Ride
  • Princeton Junction
  • Rahway
  • South Orange
  • Westfield
  • Walter Rand Transportation Ctr.

In addition, the following locations have been previously upgraded or are scheduled to be upgraded as part of other ongoing capital projects:

  • Newark Broad Street
  • Newark Penn Station (Subway)
  • Madison
  • Metropark
  • Montclair State University
  • New York Penn Station
  • Newark Penn Station Bus
  • Newark Penn Station Rail
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • Ramsey Route 17
  • Red Bank
  • Ridgewood
  • Secaucus Junction
  • South Amboy
  • Summit
  • Trenton
  • Woodbridge

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 800,000 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.