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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pennsauken Transit Center construction begins

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NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles joined U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Rob Andrews and other officials to break ground on a project that will offer convenience and new travel options to South Jersey rail customers by directly linking the River Line with the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL).

The $40-million Pennsauken Transit Center, accelerated with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, will create or sustain hundreds of jobs and will for the first time provide thousands of customers with direct transfers and access to all stations on both lines.

"New Jersey is building toward renewed economic strength and improved transit connections in southern New Jersey," said Governor Jon S. Corzine. "When our nation's economy was teetering, we intervened with an economic stimulus package that is creating jobs and putting paychecks into the hands of hard-working New Jersey residents."

The transit center will be built in two phases along Derousse Avenue where the ACRL crosses above River Line tracks. 

Upon project completion at the end of 2012, Atlantic City Rail Line customers will have direct access to the River Line, with connections in Camden to PATCO rail and NJ TRANSIT bus service to Philadelphia, and in Trenton to NJ TRANSIT Northeast Corridor service to New York.

River Line customers will have direct access to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and all intermediate ACRL stations.

"This new transit center epitomizes our focus on expanding the reach of our transportation network through intermodal transit hubs," Sarles said.  "We are connecting light rail service that operates between Camden and Trenton with commuter rail service that carries customers between Atlantic City and Philadelphia, producing convenient access to all stations to customers of both lines."

The groundbreaking represents the start of the first phase of the project, a  $2.1-million contract awarded to Northeast Remsco Coast, Inc., of Farmingdale, N.J., with ARORA and Associates, PC, of Lawrenceville, N.J., providing design services under the contract.

Phase I covers River Line elements of the project, including construction of a 200-foot platform with 60-foot canopy for customers boarding light rail trains. The contract also includes installation of infrastructure and conduit for communications, security and ticket vending machines, grading, drainage, lighting and public art.

In Phase II, two 300-foot-long, high-level platforms will be built on either side of the ACRL tracks. Stairs and two elevators will be constructed to provide access to customers with disabilities.

The second phase also includes construction of a 280-space parking lot, installation of passenger communications, ticket vending machines as well as resurfacing, curbing and lighting improvements to Derousse Avenue.

The transit center will be operational upon completion of Phase II, which will be built under a construction contract awarded in early 2011.

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