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4/5/2012



Rail News: Passenger Rail

PANYNJ approves $256 million Harrison station replacement


Yesterday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) board authorized $256 million to fund the replacement of Harrison station along the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail line.

A new glass-and-steel station would replace the currently deteriorating 76-year-old facility, PANYNJ officials said in a prepared statement.

The board's action enables PATH officials to award contracts for professional and advisory services to finalize the station's design, hire a construction manager and acquire outstanding properties, they said. Project construction is estimated at $153.8 million.

 The city of Harrison's ongoing renaissance has significantly increased passenger use of the existing station, which was built in 1936 and is too old to be refurbished, PANYNJ officials said.

The new station will accommodate increased ridership at Harrison and eventually along the entire Newark-World Trade Center PATH line, with the addition of longer platforms to accommodate 10-car instead of eight-car trains.

“The replacement of the aging PATH station at Harrison, along with the addition of 340 new rail cars, demonstrates the [board’s] commitment to modernize the PATH system for the 76 million riders who use it each year,” said PANYNJ Chairman David Samson.



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