Thursday, April 05, 2012

PANYNJ plans $256 million Harrison Rail Station replacement project

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A new glass-and-steel Harrison Port Authority of New York and New Jersey rail station is now on track to replace the currently deteriorating 76-year-old facility after the authority commissioners authorized key steps to move the project forward.

The board's action to approve $256 million in project authorizations enables PANYNJ officials to award contracts for professional and advisory services to finalize the station's design, hire a construction manager and acquire outstanding properties. The construction portion of the project is estimated at $153.8 million and this expedited process will shave two years off the expected timeframe. The move will help meet the city's growing residential and commercial needs, as well as those related to Red Bulls Stadium.

The new station will accommodate increased ridership at Harrison and eventually along the entire Newark-World Trade Center PANYNJ line, with the addition of longer platforms to accommodate 10-car trains instead of the current eight-car limit.

"The replacement of the aging PANYNJ station at Harrison, along with the addition of 340 new rail cars, demonstrates the board of commissioners' commitment to modernize the PATH system for the 76 million riders who use it each year," said PANYNJ Chairman David Samson. "The new station will be a centerpiece for Harrison's revitalization and create over a thousand jobs and $344 million in economic activity." 



Additionally, the board approved a $71 million reauthorization to replace and upgrade the PANYNJ's Christopher Street substation, which will maintain the facility that provides electrical power to the uptown system in a state-of-good-repair. Authorization included a $31.8 million construction contract with Mass. Electric Construction Company following a publicly advertised bid solicitation.

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