New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) has completed a three-year, $2.5-million project to stabilize and restore the historic Red Bank Station.
Built in 1876, Red Bank Station was added to the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places in 1976. The project was aimed at stabilizing the facility and restoring its original aesthetics.
“Red Bank Station is a very important facility in NJ Transit’s transportation network but is more than just a rail station to NJ Transit,” stated NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim. “It is an integral part of the fabric of the Red Bank community. It was important for us to return this historic site to its original condition so it may continue to be a landmark for generations to come. Together with Red Bank, we at NJ Transit look forward to welcoming both loyal and new customers at this restored and inviting station.”
The overall goal of this project was to sufficiently protect this landmark station from the natural elements while keeping true to the historic identity of the station and the community it serves.
As part of the project, efforts were undertaken to repair roof soffits, strengthen the wood framing of the structure, replace the shingles with historically accurate slate roof, repoint the brick foundation wall and the brick chimney, recreate a brick “crown” atop the chimney and install new windows and roof dormers.
The restoration also included the reconstruction of the “Yankee” gutters, installation of new downspouts and replacement of historic windows, shutters and gingerbread trim – all with historically correct material. The exterior paint of the station matches its original 1876 color scheme.
Red Bank Station is located in Red Bank, New Jersey and serves NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Rail Line, as well as local bus service. The Red Bank Station averages 1187 weekday passenger boardings (FY2014), with 67 daily trains (34 in-bound, 33 out-bound) utilizing the station.