Harrison's new PATH station will accommodate the city's growing residential and commercial ridership needs, while also serving as a gateway to Red Bull Arena. The new station will allow for increased travel on the entire Newark-World Trade Center PATH line with the addition of longer platforms that can accommodate 10-car trains instead of the current eight-car limit.
The expansive initiative, which coincides with Harrison's burgeoning residential and business growth, is expected to create more than 450 jobs while generating more than $344 million in regional economic activity. The work will continue in stages without interrupting rail service and the project is expected to be complete by 2017.
"As commuter ridership and transportation needs grow, we must continue to make necessary infrastructure modernization investments," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. "This much-needed PATH project represents another positive step in making Harrison a vibrant, mixed-use commuter transit hub while spurring community revitalization, job creation and business investment in Harrison and the region."
The existing Harrison PATH station opened in 1936 and was not suitable for renovation because it was too outmoded for the city's current and future ridership needs. The new station's design will fit the surrounding area's redevelopment, as it transforms from an industrial warehouse area to a commercial and residential center.