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Project Supports Enhanced Safety on Rail System

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ – With shovels in hand, Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-19) and South Amboy Mayor Jack O’Leary joined NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington and a host of other dignitaries to break ground for pedestrian improvements at South Amboy Station on the North Jersey Coast Line.

“Today marks the first step in revitalizing South Amboy’s important commuter hub,” said Wisniewski, who is also State Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman. “Governor McGreevey, Executive Director Warrington and NJ TRANSIT are to be commended for seeing this project through. These improvements will not only visually enhance the South Amboy Station, they will provide much needed safety improvements and economic development benefits.”

“This is yet another example of Governor McGreevey’s ongoing commitment to Smart Growth as well as making New Jersey’s mass transit system safe and accessible,” Warrington said. NJ TRANSIT has already completed a number of safety improvements at this station, including replacement of existing pedestrian warning signs with larger ones, and installing flashing and audible safety alerts at the Augusta Street crossing to help pedestrians determine when a train is approaching. Also, we continue to be vigilant in spreading our safety message to the public by distributing safety information to communities, local businesses and schools.”

“I am pleased to join Assemblyman Wisniewski, Mayor Jack O’Leary and NJ Transit Executive Director George Warrington to announce the ground breaking for a pedestrian overpass and transit plaza in South Amboy," said Senator Vitale. "This overpass will save lives by creating a safe walkway for residents and commuters. The addition of the transit plaza will certainly benefit the downtown area and the local economy."

The first phase of improvements will consist of a new 16-foot wide pedestrian overpass with two elevators, linking the existing parking lot on the Newark/New York-bound tracks with a new transit plaza on the Long Branch/Bay Head side of the tracks. The overpass will be accessible by stairs or elevators on each side of the tracks, allowing pedestrians to avoid the existing pedestrian grade crossing at Augusta Street.

NJ TRANSIT has also completed conceptual design work on the next phase of work in South Amboy – a new station, high-level platforms and expanded parking. The Corporation is now seeking the additional funds necessary to advance the project to final design, engineering and construction.

As part of the $4.8 million pedestrian overpass and plaza project – funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the State Transportation Trust Fund – NJ TRANSIT will incorporate transit arts into the plaza and overpass work with two artists collaborating in the effort. The plans include colorful stair risers reflecting South Amboy’s connection to water transportation and industry, a sculpture will be placed on the face of the overpass building representing South Amboy at work and at play, and a mural of the Beds Lighthouse that formerly sat on the Raritan Bay waterfront in South Amboy. Five images will also radiate from the lighthouse:

  • A baseball player honoring six South Amboy natives who made it to the major leagues and the community’s love of the game.
  • The sailing schooner The American, signifying South Amboy’s love for recreational boating on the bay.
  • A bottle kiln, which represents the region’s historical ties to the tile and brick industries.
  • The John Bull locomotive, which hauled coal and timber through the region.
  • A construction worker building a gazebo on the Raritan Bay waterfront.