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$1.4 million contract for renovation will benefit customers

August 28, 2009

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles joined Paterson Mayor José “Joey” Torres today to break ground on renovations to Broadway Bus Terminal—a project that when completed next year will give customers a modern facility equipped with a canopy over the bus lanes for protection from the elements, as well as new lighting, a new public address system and bus departure information screens. 


“As a long-time advocate for expanding access to public transportation for Paterson residents, I am pleased to see this investment in the City’s bus terminal,” said U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell.  “This is a prime example of the type of projects I will continue to fight for to modernize and encourage use of New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure and facilities.”


“I am very pleased that NJ TRANSIT is advancing this project because it will provide Paterson residents with the modern and comfortable bus terminal they deserve,” said Mayor Torres. 


In July 2009, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors authorized a $1.4 million contract with John O’Hara Co., Inc., of East Orange, NJ, to refurbish the existing Broadway Bus Terminal building and site, including a new stucco and brick base exterior, new roof, new HVAC system, and repaving and marking of the existing bus lanes.


“This project will improve the commuting experience for the customers who use the facility each day to travel to Newark, New York and communities throughout Passaic and Bergen counties,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Stephen Dilts.  “Projects like these encourage use of NJ TRANSIT’s extensive bus network.” 


The project also includes installation of closed-circuit cameras for enhanced security, directional signage, passenger information displays and new heating and air conditioning systems.


“Customers who rely on this facility for their day-to-day transportation will have a more pleasant commute as a result of the upgrades,” said Sarles.  “These types of projects underscore our commitment to maintaining safe and comfortable transit facilities for our customers.” 


Broadway Bus Terminal serves approximately 1,600 average weekday passenger trips on the 72, 74, 161, 171, 190, 703, 746, and 770 bus lines.  Customers use the terminal for travel to and from destinations including Newark, New York, East Rutherford, Haledon, Ridgewood, Pompton Lakes, Wayne and Hackensack. 


Constructed in the 1930’s, Broadway Bus Terminal underwent renovations in 1940, 1962, and most recently in 1983.  Today the terminal consists of a waiting room with customer restrooms and a vendor space, with a curbside bus drop-off location outside, as well as four islands with shelters serving four separate bus lanes.


A 450-square foot addition to the existing 1,120-square foot terminal building will provide storage and technology support spaces as well as new employee facilities.


Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2010.  The building will remain in service to customers during construction.  


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 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.