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February 11, 2004 – The Board of Directors today authorized spending $22.9 million for viaduct repairs and waterproofing work to be done at Brick Church, South Orange and East Orange rail stations on the Morris & Essex Lines. The construction contract was awarded to E.E. Cruz & Company, of Holmdel.

“This is a project that is long overdue on a structure that is a critical lifeline to this important transportation corridor,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Jack Lettiere.

“After 80 years of use, these historic stations and viaducts are in need of extensive structural repairs to prevent any further deterioration,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “This project is fundamental to my ‘Back to Basics’ program and is a prime example of our ongoing need to invest in our infrastructure in order to continue operating a reliable service.”

Construction is expected to begin in the spring, be completed in spring 2006, and will include:

Demolition and re-construction of exterior stairs.

Full viaduct repair and waterproofing structures.

Improved track-bed and platform drainage.

Viaduct repairs and waterproofing will first begin at Brick Church Station. Work to South Orange and East Orange stations will follow once Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accessibilities improvements are completed in the next few months. Work done to these two stations include:

Construction of mini high-level platforms.

Installation of elevators for both inbound and outbound train service.

Demolition, waterproofing and reconstruction of platforms and canopy extensions.

The Morris & Essex Lines’ viaducts are historic structures and are considered an important part of railroad history in the nation. It is also the second busiest line within the Corporation’s operating system – next to the Northeast Corridor – and will require close maintenance, construction and scheduling coordination with the railroad to minimize impacts on customers during the duration of the project.

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 162 rail stations, 29 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.