Renovations to make the historic Perth Amboy Train Station fully accessible with high-level platforms, elevators and ramps will benefit all rail users including travelers with disabilities.
Governor Phil Murphy announced the multi-million dollar improvement project during a groundbreaking ceremony and press conference at the station Thursday morning.
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. called the upgrades “a significant step in the right direction of ensuring all New Jerseyans can independently and safely access our public transportation.”
“Public transportation is vital for so many New Jerseyans, especially for those with disabilities,” said Diegnan, D-Middlesex, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee.
“Research has shown many adults diagnosed with intellectual and physical disabilities face seemingly insurmountable hurdles in accessing our public transportation system. I am so pleased with the announcement of the accessibility renovations for the Perth Amboy Train Station.”
Through legislation he has introduced, Diegnan has made accessible transportation for people with disabilities and the ability of people with disabilities to travel independently a top priority.
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The Perth Amboy Train Station project calls for the construction of two new high-level platforms as well as four new elevators and additional ramps and stairs providing access to the platforms.
Upon completion of the project, the station will meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Other improvements include the renovation of restrooms, the installation of upgraded security cameras, as well as repairs to both the eastbound and westbound buildings and the pedestrian bridge.
NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors awarded a $45.545 million construction contract to Wall Township-based Hall Construction Company to perform the work.
“This major construction award for Perth Amboy represents yet another in a series of significant capital projects NJ TRANSIT is advancing throughout the state to improve the customer experience,” NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin S. Corbett said.
“Improving accessibility for our rail customers is an important priority, which is why we’re pleased that this project is one step closer to construction.”
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The Perth Amboy Train Station, located at Smith and Market streets, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. Built 95 years ago in Renaissance Revival architectural style, the station’s distinct design elements will be preserved.
“The long-anticipated enhancement and modernization of the Perth Amboy Station will allow us to maintain its history and architectural integrity while providing the necessary physical upgrades to meet the requirements under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act,” Senator Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, said.
“Any time we can invest in infrastructure projects that serve to improve accessibility for all residents, including our seniors and individuals with disabilities, is a good day for New Jersey. New platforms, elevators and ramps will be a welcome addition, and will make the overall NJ TRANSIT customer experience easier and more enjoyable for all.”
Before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Perth Amboy Station averaged 874 weekday customer trips along the North Jersey Coast Line.
“The renovation of the historic Perth Amboy Station is an investment into the future of our transportation system and the revitalization of the surrounding area,” Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, D-Middlesex, said.
“Residents are looking forward to a more modern, accessible, and comfortable local transit station, able to serve its diverse ridership for years to come.”
The Perth Amboy project is included in NJ TRANSIT’s five-year capital plan, which was launched in June 2020. The total project cost is estimated at approximately $63 million, with completion expected in the first half of 2024, according to NJ TRANSIT.
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“Once complete, the renovated Perth Amboy Train Station will benefit not only the people and businesses of the City of Perth Amboy, but everyone in the greater Middlesex County region,” Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners Director Ronald G. Rios said.
“The county is committed to providing and maintaining safe, secure, accessible public transportation solutions for our residents – for today and for years to come. These renovations will bring us another step closer toward accomplishing that goal.”
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, said, “As construction commences for renovations to the Perth Amboy train station, the facilities that will stand here promise to be a boon for the city and its surrounding communities.”
NJ TRANSIT is undertaking an ambitious plan to upgrade many of its older rail facilities.