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Plaque unveiling ceremony to officially dedicate station

October 13, 2005

The Borough of Ramsey has received a new centerpiece for its downtown area as NJ TRANSIT has completed work on a major restoration project at the Ramsey Main Street Station on the Main Line.

NJ TRANSIT and the Borough will mark the occasion with a plaque dedication ceremony at the newly restored station on October 26, 2005 at 11 a.m.

"The community is extremely pleased that NJ TRANSIT has made an investment in this wonderful landmark," said Ramsey Mayor Richard Muti. "Ramsey Station has become the centerpiece of our downtown renewal."

"We’ve worked closely with the Borough of Ramsey to see this project to completion, and NJ TRANSIT continues to fulfill its promise to maintain and upgrade its existing infrastructure and facilities," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington.

The project, funded by the Transportation Trust Fund, called for a number of improvements to the century-old station, including:

  • Removal of damaged slate roof tiles and wood sheathing
  • Installation of new roof sheathing, ice shield, and roofing tiles
  • Restoration or replacement of wood fascias, soffits, copper gutters and leaders, wood windows and doors, and stucco trim
  • Painting of all wood members in the roof superstructure and building facade
  • Restoration and repair of interior wood surfaces and replacement of concrete flooring in waiting room
  • Renovation of existing bathroom facility, and
  • Upgrades to the electrical and HVAC systems.

In addition, the project included a structural investigation of the building foundations, which called for the following necessary repairs:

  • Replacement of the gas-fired ceiling-suspended unit heaters and venting with an up-to-date heating system
  • Removal of the single air-conditioning unit servicing the ticket office and installation of an air-conditioning system capable of cooling the entire station
  • Replacement of the exhaust system for the restroom with a new system that exhausts from the roof
  • Addition of an area drain to the bottom of the exterior stairway leading to the basement
  • Replacement of the hose bib on the exterior wall with a non-freeze wall hydrant that will prevent pipes from freezing during the winter, and
  • Upgrades to interior and exterior lighting with new efficient period fixtures that will provide the recommended lighting levels.

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.