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New Service on the Way for Downtown Newark, Linking Penn Station and Broad Street Station

NEWARK, NJ, June 11, 2003 – More mass transit improvements are on the way for downtown Newark thanks to actions taken today by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors.

The Board awarded three contracts totaling approximately $90 million to advance final design and construction work on the Newark City Subway Broad Street Extension and modernize the ventilation system in the existing subway tunnel.

“NJ Transit has clearly reaffirmed its commitment to improving and expanding mass transit opportunities in New Jersey,” said State Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Jack Lettiere. “This important investment in Newark’s transportation infrastructure will go a long way in providing riders with more efficient, quality service.”

“The Newark City Subway extension and modernization projects support Governor’s McGreevey’s mandate to increase capacity and invest in urban communities,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “This effort literally allows us to get the shovels in the ground on a project that will benefit residents, employees and recreational visitors in downtown Newark.”

Work on the three contracts authorized by the Board of Directors today includes:

  • Completing utility relocation work in downtown Newark to make way for the subway extension.
  • Construction of new stations, track beds, duct embankments, signal systems and other supporting infrastructure.
  • Installation of an overhead catenary wire system, providing power for light rail vehicles traveling on the subway extension.

Modernization of a tunnel and station ventilation system in the existing 6,200-foot Newark City Subway tunnel and installation of a ventilation system along a new 850-foot section of tunnel along the Broad Street Extension.

The Board authorized award of a contract to the lowest responsive bidder to advance work on the one-mile subway extension, linking Newark Penn and Newark Broad Street stations. In addition to providing connecting service with six commuter rail lines, the Newark City Subway Broad Street Extension project will serve the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Bears minor league baseball stadium, the Newark museum and the Newark downtown business district. The contract will include construction of new stations, track beds, duct embankments and signal systems, and installation of a catenary system along the alignment to provide power to the electric light rail vehicles.

The $18.5 million tunnel ventilation project in the Newark City Subway’s existing and new tunnels will be performed by Daidone Electric of Newark. The tunnel ventilation improvements for the existing Newark City Subway are part of an overall $188 million subway modernization project. The effort has included a transition to more modern light rail cars, a more advanced signal system, trackwork, a new catenary system, accessibility improvements at four existing subway stations and a one-mile extension of the subway system into Belleville and Bloomfield.

Finally, the Board amended an existing contract with Anselmi and DeCicco of Maplewood to accelerate work on the relocation of PSEG gas lines along the future alignment of the Newark Broad Street Extension. Anselmi and DeCicco has already been performing relocation of water and sewer lines along the alignment. The $700,000 amendment approved today by the Board of Directors will increase the total contract value to $4 million.

All three projects are funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the State Transportation Trust Fund. The Newark City Subway Broad Street Extension is scheduled to open in 2005.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 161 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.