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Outdated Facility To Become More Customer Friendly

NEWARK, NJ, OCTOBER 9, 2002 The Trenton Train Station rehabilitation project got a boost today when the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors awarded $2.8 million contract to di Domenico + Partners of New York for final design of the station.

The Corporation’s rehabilitation project will lend to an improved facility and provide more comfortable surroundings for commuters. The project would include expanding the building and adding a second floor/mezzanine level for additional office, retail and civic space. There will also be exterior and interior architectural improvements; upgrades of various building systems and circulation improvements to the existing parking areas. The station serves a daily weekday ridership of 4,600 passengers, making it the third busiest outlying station on the Northeast Corridor.

“Improvements to the Trenton Train Station are long overdue,” said Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. “For too long, the transportation needs of our urban centers have been deferred. All of our customers deserve modern, comfortable stations that improve the quality of their commutes.”

"I am pleased that the Trenton Train Station will undergo rehabilitation. This project is extremely important to the continued growth and vitality of our Capital City,” said Senator Shirley Turner (D-15). “As we look to improve Trenton’s appearance and capital infrastructure, this rehabilitation is necessary to sustain the existing passengers that utilize the train station and to accommodate anticipated future ridership growth.”

“Thanks to today's action by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors to approve funding for final design, the Trenton Train Station is going to become the first-class train station that our Capital city deserves,” said Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer. “Today, the station accommodates more than 4,600 travelers each and every weekday. In the future, it will play an increasingly critical part in helping Trenton thrive, as it spurs the growth of business and the development of neighborhoods in our City. We are delighted.”

“This renovation project illustrates the Corporation’s commitment toward its back-to-basics approach with a focus on customer satisfaction,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George Warrington. “We are preparing to bring an outdated facility into the new century along with an improved NJ TRANSIT rail system built for tomorrow. We remain focused on meeting the basic infrastructure and capacity needs of our core system.”

The last work performed on the building occurred in 1992 when the station’s lower level was renovated. As part of the project, two high-level island platforms with 1,000 feet of canopies and 2,000 square feet of shelter space were constructed, as was a low-level, side platform.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 160 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.