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June 1, 2009

SECAUCUS, NJ — Governor Jon S. Corzine today celebrated the grand opening of a 1,100 space surface parking lot with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Secaucus Transfer Station. Previously, no parking was available at the Frank R. Lautenberg Station.


“Today we reach yet another milestone in our ongoing efforts to expand mobility options,  and improve mass transit services for New Jersey residents,” Governor Corzine said.  “The opening of this new parking lot will provide easier access for thousands of passengers served by Frank R. Lautenberg Station each weekday. This, along with the upcoming Mass Transit Tunnel, will solidify the station as the core of New Jersey’s rail system of the future.”


The property was purchased and developed by Edison Park Fast, a privately held, family-run real estate business. Construction was approved by the NJ Meadowlands Commission and NJ TRANSIT granted a license to access the lot.

“In New Jersey, mass transit is a necessity.  Our state's highways are the most congested in the nation and our workers have the third-longest average commute times.  New Jerseyans need options that get them out of their cars, reduce emissions and improve travel times -- and this lot achieves those goals," said Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.


“As the central connecting point of our commuter rail system—located less than 10 minutes from New York, the Frank R. Lautenberg Station is one of our busiest stations and it serves as the focal point of the system,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.  “The addition of parking at the facility will provide customers with new options and improved access to rail service throughout New Jersey and to New York.”


Since 2004, ridership at the Frank R. Lautenberg Station has tripled to 17,000 average weekday passengers, making it the fourth largest station in the New Jersey Transit system. The station is one of the most attractive locations anywhere in the county with a rail major transit hub just 10 minutes from Manhattan with convenient major highway access and proximity to an international airport. 


The station will continue to serve as the hub that connects 10 of New Jersey’s 11 rail lines and allows for more frequent service within the state, including locations such as Newark Airport, Shore Points (via the NJ Coastline), Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton employment centers, and the Hoboken waterfront. 


In addition, the station will be the transfer point for all visitors and employees traveling to the Meadowlands Sports Complex and Xanadu. The Meadowlands rail link will open in July 2009, adding an additional 10,000-12,000 passenger trips.


With the opening today of Edison Park Fast, consistent ridership increases and the expansion of intrastate rail service resulting from the Mass Transit Tunnel,  the Frank R. Lautenberg Station has the opportunity to become a magnet for commercial real estate.


“This is one more building block in an expansive transportation infrastructure that will take cars off the road, increase travel options, and create economic opportunities,” added Governor Corzine. “I look forward to the continued development in and around Lautenberg Station, and the opportunities it will bring to the residents of New Jersey.”


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday 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 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.