NJ Transit awards contracts to upgrade Newark Penn Station, Trenton Transit Center

The plan to update and renovate Newark Penn Station – for too long an outdated transportation facility – in August saw New Jersey Transit issue a request for proposals for master planning, conceptual design, preliminary and final design and construction. construction assistance services for the $190 million project. This request for help upgrading the outdated structure is critical to Newark’s revitalization — and it now has the green light.

The NJ Transit board of directors announced Monday that it had approved the Newark Penn Station project as well as a project across the state in Trenton.

The two projects will restore and revitalize each station and give it a modern look to attract commuters who will benefit from the organization’s services.

At Newark Penn Station, the project involves an innovative and first-of-its-kind professional services contract to perform master planning, design and construction support services as part of a long-term project for the restoration and major renovation of the historic station.

In addition, the Board approved funding for the first phase of the contract, which includes the preparation of a master plan and the completion of a 10% conceptual design.

Construction plans will be created to address repair needs in good condition, as well as long-term capital improvements at Newark Penn Station. The first phase of the renovations will focus on aesthetics, and longer-term improvements will focus on improving the openness of the station and the overall experience for customers and visitors.

Under phase one, the $9.2 million contract award to Parsons Transportation Group, the company will utilize a team comprised of world-renowned Grimshaw Architects alongside a strong consulting firm focused on transit, Steer Group, to lead the Newark Penn Station master plan. and the design part.

“Newark Penn Station is one of the most important transportation hubs in the Northeast and a gateway to downtown Newark,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a prepared statement. “Newark has experienced a historic renaissance in recent years, and our administration is proud to do its part with this historic $190 million investment in the revitalization of Newark Penn Station. Residents, workers, commuters and visitors to Newark deserve a world-class experience when passing through the station. I’m happy to see this project moving forward and I can’t wait for it to come to fruition.

“Gateway’s transformation completes the vision that NJ Transit has been broadcasting for its mission to revitalize the area around Newark Penn Station,” said John Saraceno Jr., co-founder and CEO of Onyx Equities. “During our consultations with NJ Transit management and our neighbors, we were inspired by the shared interest and commitment the owners have not only for their own projects, but also for the environment that welcomes visitors and residents at Newark’s gateway.This is an exciting time that will lead to a new era of street-level engagement that will characterize the city for a generation to come.

Trenton Transit Center. (N.J. Transit)

In addition, the NJ Transit Board of Directors awarded a $1.9 million contract to AECOM Technical Services Inc. for all phases of design and construction support for the Trenton Transit Center project.

The contract is part of a $29 million effort to rehabilitate two existing platforms and their associated canopies, elevators and escalators, as well as convert a low-level platform into a fully accessible with elevator access. The project will promote increased safety and convenience for customers, increase capacity, reduce maintenance costs and alleviate congestion on platforms.

Kevin Corbett. (File photo)

“NJ Transit is pleased to make significant improvements to one of our state’s most essential multimodal transit hubs,” said NJ Transit CEO and President Kevin Corbett. “Ultimately, this project will create a safer, more modern and more accessible Trenton transit hub with added capacity and convenience for the thousands of customers who use it every day. »

The scope of work on both island platforms will include replacing the existing deteriorating wooden platform sections with a more durable concrete platform, adding new touch strips and rub rails, reconstruction of platform deck joints and repair of concrete spalls. The deteriorated canopies that were last rebuilt in 1992 will also be restored. The existing low-level platform will be upgraded to a high-level platform with a larger waiting shelter and a new lift from the concourse above.