NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -
At a virtual press conference, Middlesex County Improvement Authority announced an official request for proposals for the design and engineering of a train station in North Brunswick Township. Members of the state, county and township announced that the plans are currently being drawn up for the project and will be officially released to the public in the upcoming months.
In October 2019, the New Jersey Department of Transportation allocated nearly $50 million from their trust fund for the design and construction of a train station in North Brunswick Township. The Middlesex County Improvement Authority will be in charge of project management and the development of the new train station. This is the first time the NJ DOT has given this much control of a project to a county team, according to officials at a virtual press conference.
The new train station will be built along Route 1 as part of the township’s ‘Transit Village’ project, commonly called Main Street North Brunswick. This area was designed to promote economic growth, increase interest in the township and open up residents to job markets outside of New Jersey, according to DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.
“Today’s announcement is a game-changing moment in building this critically needed transportation hub on the Northeast Corridor and getting it completed expeditiously,” said Freeholder Director, Ronald G. Rios. “The North Brunswick Train Station will bring relief to one of the state’s busiest rail lines, reduce traffic on Route 1, and attract new revenue to the region. And for the County, the project has become emblematic of our continuous focus on forward momentum and prosperity for all our residents, businesses, and partners.”
The first phase of the project will be an estimated $5 million. Officials said they will be completing their design of the train station within the next 45 days. Middlesex County Administrator John Pulomena said that they will have the ‘shovel in the ground’ in 18 months.
“We thank the County for their continued leadership and commitment to ensuring this project moves ahead,” said North Brunswick Township Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack, “This train station will make a positive reverberating impact to this region and to everyone who resides in it.”