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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

NJ TRANSIT cuts ribbon at new parking lot at Edison Station

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Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone joined NJTRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles and other officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 477-space parking lot that more than doubles parking capacity at Edison Station on the Northeast Corridor rail line. The lot opens to customers January 1.

The event marked the first of NJ TRANSIT's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects reaching completion, and was finished within budget and ahead of schedule. Petillo Inc. of Flanders, N.J., was awarded a $4.7-million construction contract in April.

The new lot, located off Kilmer Road near the outbound platform, offers 120 daily spaces and 357 permit parking spaces. A walkway connects the lot to Plainfield Avenue, from which customers can access the Edison Station building and the inbound and outbound platforms.

With the opening of the new lot, commuters will have access to 816 parking spaces, including 339 in the reconfigured existing lots between Central Avenue and the inbound boarding platform. The lot closest to the station building was repaved as part of the project, and a small outdoor plaza with tables and benches was installed just south of the station building.

The inbound lots primarily will be for permit-holders, although any spaces in the lot adjacent to the station building that remain unoccupied after 10 a.m. will be made available to daily parking customers.

Park America, which operates the existing lots on the inbound side, will operate the new lot as well.

Edison Station is the 11th busiest of the 165 stations and terminals served by NJ TRANSIT, serving approximately 6,500 customers each weekday with direct service to Newark, Secaucus Junction and Penn Station New York, among other destinations.