NJ TRANSIT APPROVES $9.6 MILLION FOR PERTH AMBOY TRAIN STATION
PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Mayor Wilda Diaz receives an update on the approval of the NJ Transit Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Budget for $9.6 million funding allocation for the Perth Amboy Train Station conceptual design and future construction.
“As we move forward towards our goal of creating a transit oriented development, our objectives are to ensure safety for all commuters, increase transit ridership, and create economic opportunities that can serve as a source of revitalization for our city’s core,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.
On July 9, 2014, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approved the agency’s Capital Program for the Perth Amboy Station project, in an effort to renovate and create barrier-free accessibility. The construction primarily focuses on establishing an ADA compliant station, in addition to overall facility improvements.
“NJ TRANSIT is committed to making Perth Amboy Station fully accessible to customers with disabilities, while also enhancing the overall safety and convenience for everyone who uses the station,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim. “We fully appreciate the value of Perth Amboy Station to the City’s commercial district and look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Diaz and the City to advance this project toward completion.”
The plan includes the preservation of the 1920s historical architecture design and features, as it is listed under the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The near 30 percent conceptual design consists of a new elevator shaft, stairway, stairwell and elevator landing will lead to the new high-level island platform and canopy that service Eastbound and Westbound trains.
Located on the North Jersey Coast Line, Perth Amboy Station serves approximately 1,700 trips on a typical weekday. According to NJ Transit, the conceptual plan is currently under investigation and assessment before reaching the next level of completion. The design is expected to be finished in 2016, with construction expected to take about three years from that point. The overall estimate project cost is $50M.