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NJ Transit, state release RFP for Newark Penn Station redesign

The RFP seeks designs to restore Newark Penn Station.
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The state of New Jersey and New Jersey Transit have released a request for proposals (RFP) to advance the $190 million modernization, renovation and revitalization of Newark Penn Station.

This project involves the installation of updated amenities, pedestrian spaces and infrastructure improvements. The work will orient the station to meet future transportation needs and climate change challenges, NJ Transit officials said in a news release.

The firm chosen through the RFP will provide conceptual, preliminary and final design, master planning and construction assistance services. The proposals will be judged based on their ability to ensure the station features amenities and functions that meet the modern-day expectations of riders passing through the station, residents and businesses, NJ Transit officials said.

The first phase of renovations will focus on aesthetics, such as the installation of brighter lighting, updating of restrooms, improved HVAC and air-handling systems, and a deep cleaning of the limestone exterior. Longer-term enhancements will focus on improving the station’s openness and overall commuter and visitor experience, including the restoration of the grand waiting hall.

"We will transform Newark Penn Station, building on the significant work already underway as part of master plan that focuses on both state-of-good-repair work and major infrastructure improvements to enhance every aspect of the customer experience,” said NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett.

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