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New Jersey agency advances station restoration and transit center projects, revamps Web site


Earlier this week, New Jersey Transit’s board approved a contract to restore the historic Morristown Station, set a construction start date for the Pennsauken Transit Center, and launched a new Web site offering additional tools and improved functionality.

The board authorized a $2.5 million contract with John O’Hara Co. to restore the interior and exterior of the main building and surrounding areas at Morristown Station on the Morris & Essex lines. The project, which complements transit-oriented development that recently was completed near the station, calls for restoring exterior windows and door frames, repairing a concrete platform and pedestrian tunnel, painting steel canopies, installing special light fixtures and upgrading the drainage system.

Work on the station — which was built in 1914 and serves about 2,200 passengers each weekday — is scheduled to begin by year’s end and conclude in spring 2011.

Meanwhile, NJ Transit will begin building the $40 million Pennsauken Transit Center on Oct. 19 after obtaining the Federal Transit Administration’s final blessing. The intermodal facility will provide riders the first direct link between the River Line and Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL).

To be funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars, the transit center will be built along Derousse Avenue in Pennsauken where ACRL tracks cross above the River Line. The facility will be constructed in two phases, with the second phase contract to be awarded in early 2011. The center is scheduled for completion at 2012’s end.

Finally, NJ Transit launched the new Web site yesterday at The site features a new, streamlined appearance and an expanded “DepartureVision,” which enables users to view train departure screens on their computer or mobile device.

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