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NJ Transit marks completion of rebuilt Somerville Station


Earlier this week, New Jersey Transit and state and local officials marked the completion of a $15.3 million project aimed at rebuilding a station in Somerville, N.J.

The improvements included new high-level platforms designed to provide accessibility to riders with disabilities, NJ Transit officials said in a prepared statement.

NJ Transit designated Somerville Station as a key facility under the agency’s Commuter Rail Accessibility plan, which prioritizes accessibility projects at 35 stations based on location and usage. With completion of the Somerville project, accessibility upgrades have been finished at 34 of the stations. Work on the 35th station, in Ridgewood, is scheduled for completion in fall.

Currently, 75 of the agency’s 164 rail stations and 55 of its light-rail stations are accessible to persons with disabilities. When construction is finished on the final station, 131 of the agency’s rail and light-rail stations will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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