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9/8/2003



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NJ Transit opens transfer station for weekend service


On Sept. 6, New Jersey Transit launched weekend rail service at Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction, which links 10 of the agency’s 11 rail lines.

NJ Transit officials dedicated the facility — formerly known as the Secaucus Transfer Station — to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who helped secure federal funds to build the station, according to a prepared statement.

Once fully operational, the $540 million station is expected to reduce transit times to Manhattan up to 20 minutes. NJ Transit plans to begin weekday service to the station after the Lower Manhattan Port Authority Trans-Hudson station opens later this year.

During the past year, NJ Transit has added 71 new Saturday and 79 new Sunday trains to prepare for weekend service on several rail lines. The agency also has hired more than 100 new employees, received 29 new high-horsepower electric locomotives and 120 new Comet V coach cars, and constructed and expanded storage yards, passenger facilities, tracks, switches and signals.

The station includes 28 ticket vending machines, a customer service office, a station-wide public-address system, new passenger information systems and displays, a modern heating and air-conditioning system, and retail space.


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