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Construction Will Improve Access for Disabled Customers

NEWARK, NJ, January 7, 2002 -- NJ TRANSIT's Board of Directors today awarded a contract not to exceed $1.7 million to Urbahn Associates, Inc./Daniel Frankfurt, P.C. (Urbahn) of New York for final design of the renovation and accessibility improvements at Ridgewood Station, which serves nearly 1,200 customers.

The design project -- which will be financed through the State Transportation Trust Fund -- will lead to the construction of three mini high-level platforms, three new elevators and a new pedestrian underpass. In addition, historical elements will be restored or replaced with similar materials and designs.

"When complete, this project will maintain the historical integrity of the station while addressing today's transportation requirements," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein. "Ridgewood Station is one of NJ TRANSIT's 49 historic rail facilities, and our modifications will blend in beautifully with a structure town residents have enjoyed for more than 85 years."

"NJ TRANSIT is committed to improving service for all of its passengers, including people with disabilities," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "This project brings the station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) without compromising its historical aspects. I am confident that we can meet that challenge in Ridgewood, as we have at other rail stations."

Urbahn will also design renovations to Ridgewood Station's main building -- located on the eastbound side -- to make it accessible to customers with disabilities. Ticketing facilities, restrooms and other amenities will be modified as NJ TRANSIT works to bring the station into full compliance with the ADA.

Ridgewood Station renovations are expected to be completed by mid-2004.