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Booker, Menendez, Sires, Payne, Malinowski Announce $18.4M to Upgrade Newark Penn Station

August 21, 2019
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NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, and Congressmen Albio Sires (N.J.-08), Donald Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10), and Tom Malinowski (N.J.-07), members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced $18,445,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to rehabilitate and enhance service at Newark Penn Station. 

“As a Newark resident, I see firsthand what an important economic driver Penn Station is for local businesses and our community,” said Sen. Booker.  “By putting much-need resources into modernizing Newark’s Penn Station, we are taking important steps to keep passengers safe while creating jobs and bolstering New Jersey’s economic competitiveness.”

“Newark Penn Station is one of the busiest transit hubs on the vital Northeast Corridor that generates nearly one-fifth of the entire U.S. economy.  This critical funding will help modernize our aging rail infrastructure, keep us economically competitive and improve the safety and reliability of rail service in and out of Newark,” said Sen. Menendez.  “I will continue fighting in Washington for greater infrastructure investments from our federal government—including funding to advance the Gateway Project to replace the century-old Portal Bridge and construct a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel—to keep New Jersey, its residents and economy moving.” 

“Newark Penn Station is a linchpin in New Jersey’s rail transportation network that moves thousands of daily commuters and generates millions in economic activity for our state,” Rep. Sires said.  “This $18.4 million Federal State Partnership for State of Good Repair grant is well deserved and much needed.  By using the funds to upgrade the station’s platform infrastructure, we can ensure the station’s safety and better the quality of service that Newark Penn provides our commuters.”

“I’m excited to hear that Newark Penn will get this funding for much needed upgrades.  This will make it faster and easier for residents of our community to commute to work,” said Rep. Payne.  “As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’m always working to improve the transportation network of Newark, such as my continued fight for the Gateway Project.  I’m pleased to hear we will have a more modern Newark Penn soon.”

“Every day thousands of commuters from my district make the ride to and from New York City.  This grant will improve the infrastructure at Newark Penn Station, and will make their commute safer and more reliable,” said Rep. Malinowski.

Newark Penn is owned and operated by NJ TRANSIT and provides service for commuters on several NJT lines, PATH and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.  The project includes repairing the station’s Platform D, which services Tracks 3 and 4 and serves as a crucial transfer point for both Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT for boarding and deboarding passengers. 

“Thousands of New Jersey’s residents and commuters rely on the overtaxed platforms at Newark Penn Station every day to travel in and out of our region.  As the densest state in the nation and a major transportation hub, the need for this federal funding is no less than existential,” said Governor Phil Murphy.  “I thank both the U.S. Department of Transportation for recognizing the pressing need for this funding, and Senator Bob Menendez and our congressional delegation for being a reliable champion for New Jersey and a consistent supporter of our transportation infrastructure.”

According to NJ TRANSIT, the work will include replacing structurally compromised reinforcement where necessary and applying a corrosion resistant membrane on the platform surface.  In addition, the proposed project entails rebuilding platform edges, installing new tactile strips and timber rub rails, repairing and/or replacing the overhead canopy and lighting fixtures, as well the replacement of deck joints throughout the platform.

“Newark Penn Station is New Jersey’s cornerstone to delivering successful transit service along the Northeast Corridor and beyond,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “It is critical to keep this facility modern and efficient to continue to improve the commuter experience, meeting the region’s transportation demands, and driving the economy forward. I applaud our Congressional Delegation members that sit on the various transportation committees for their unwavering support and to the U.S. DOT for recognizing the importance of Newark Penn Station.”

“Thanks to the tireless advocacy of our Congressional Delegation and funding from our colleagues at USDOT, we will be able to make important improvements that our customers will see every day,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett.  “The platform upgrades will increase customer safety and improve the quality of the commute while continuing our mission to provide a transportation experience our customers expect.”