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Environmental review completed by federal agency

October 14, 2009

CAMDEN, NJ — NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles set an immediate ground breaking date for the Pennsauken Transit Center following his announcement at today’s board meeting that the intermodal facility, which will provide the first direct link between the River Line and the Atlantic City Rail Line, has been cleared for construction by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).


Officials will mark the construction start for the $40 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded project on Monday, October 19, just days after the environmental review process concluded with a FONSI (Finding Of No Significant Impact) issued by the FTA.


“Governor Corzine’s directive last year to kick into high gear the development and review of transportation projects is paying impressive dividends now,” said Transportation Commissioner Stephen Dilts.  “This project is being accelerated into construction now, creating or sustaining hundreds of jobs, as a result of the governor’s aggressive response to the economic crisis.”


“We are pleased to announce that we are able to break ground this Monday on the intermodal Pennsauken Transit Center that will give South Jersey rail customers the first-ever direct link between the River Line and the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL),” said Sarles.


The new transit center will be built along Derousse Avenue in Pennsauken where the ACRL tracks cross above the River Line.  Customers will be able to transfer from one line to the other at the facility, which will also be served by NJ TRANSIT buses. Elevators will provide accessibility for customers with disabilities.


The transit center will be built in two phases, with the contract for the second phase expected to be awarded in early 2011.  The transit center is scheduled for completion and operation at the end of 2012.


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.