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NJ Transit adds service to Avenel Station
New Jersey Transit yesterday expanded commuter-rail service at Avenel Station in Woodbridge, New Jersey, to accommodate growing ridership and community requests.
NJ Transit expanded weekday service at the station by more than 40 percent by adding 11 train stops, and adding a full weekend schedule for the first time since 1985, agency officials said in a press release.
The weekend service will include 21 stops each day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, officials said.
“This expansion of service for our Avenel customers will spur economic growth in and around Woodbridge and improve quality of life for the hundreds of customers who use this station every day,” said NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett. “It’s also a great example of our new strategy to … [be] far more responsive to customer requests and concerns. In this case, our customers asked for more service. We listened and delivered.”
Located on the North Jersey Coast Line, the station is part of a $50 million transit-oriented development project that includes the Station Village at Avenel apartment complex and the Avenel Performing Arts Center (APAC).
“In anticipation of NJ Transit’s action to make Avenel a full-service station, we expanded the availability of commuter parking at several parking centers in close proximity to the station and to the APAC,” said Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac in a press release. “The expansion of service will not only spur a growth of economic activity at the APAC and Station Village, but for the entire Avenel community.”
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