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NJ Transit authorizes $5.2 million contract for Newark station upgrade


On Wednesday, New Jersey Transit’s board approved a $5.2 million contract with DMR Construction for the Bloomfield Avenue Station improvement project in Newark.

The project calls for making the light-rail station more accessible to riders with disabilities and adding other conveniences for all riders, NJ Transit officials said in a prepared statement.
Improvements will include raising and extending the two existing platforms to enhance level-boarding for riders who use mobility devices; installing elevators and a pedestrian grade crossing; constructing street-level canopies to protect riders from bad weather; and upgrading lighting and rider communication systems.
The station averages approximately 2,700 weekday trips and is a major transfer point to and from several NJ Transit bus lines that serve communities north and west of the station.

The project’s completion, expected by the end of next year, will bring the total number of accessible stations in Newark to 12 out of 17, agency officials said.