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Thursday, March 15, 2012

NJ Transit Board approves Bloomfield Avenue Station upgrades

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Improvements to make Newark Light Rail's Bloomfield Avenue Station accessible to customers with disabilities and more convenient for all customers will begin this spring, under a contract approved today by the NJ Transit Board of Directors.

The Board authorized a $5.2 million contract with DMR Construction of Waldwick, N.J., for the construction of accessibility improvements at the station, which include raising and extending the two existing station platforms to enhance level boarding for customers who use mobility devices, installing elevators and a pedestrian grade crossing, constructing street-level canopies to protect customers from the elements and upgrading lighting and customer communication systems.

"Improvements to enhance level boarding for customers will ensure accessibility for our customers with disabilities, while other improvements will enhance the overall customer experience, one of the key tenets of our Scorecard initiative, for everyone who uses the station," said NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein.

Located in Newark, N.J., Bloomfield Avenue Station serves approximately 2,700 average weekday customer trips and is a major transfer point to and from several NJ Transit local bus lines that serve communities north and west of the station, including Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove, Little Falls, Clifton and Paterson.

The project's completion, expected by the end of next year, will bring the total number of accessible Newark Light Rail stations to 12, out of the total 17.

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