NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced the New Brunswick train station will get a significant facelift, including a pedestrian bridge that will extend over Albany Street, connecting the station to the future site of a 1.7 million square foot building project that will be home to academic, medical and corporate partners.
The station will also get improvements to the elevator system, an extension of the eastbound platform for extra boarding capacity, significant rehabilitation of the station’s exterior brick facade, installation of new lighting, windows, HVAC system, escalator, and a paint refresh.
Murphy stood in front of the New Brunswick station's entrances facing Albany Street on Tuesday when he announced that New Jersey Transit and Amtrak are about to begin repair and rehab work at the station and three others across the state.
He was joined by Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia, and NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett.
Murphy said the repair work has been made possible only after Amtrak and NJ Transit have repaired their relationship and recommitted to improving the customer and travel experience in New Brunswick and throughout the state.
Stations in Elizabeth, Trenton and Princeton Junction will also be undergoing facelifts.
“A modern, safe, and reliable mass transit system is the foundation our state needs to grow our economy and reclaim our historic role as the state of innovation,” Murphy said. “The most forward-thinking organizations want to locate where both infrastructure and accessibility to capital markets and consumers are strong. These improvements announced today can help propel New Jersey to the top of any business leader’s list. The growing collaboration between Amtrak and NJ Transit is a win-win for our commuters and our economic future."
Linking the train station to the future site of a sprawling mixed-use project that has been dubbed The Hub is an important step, said Chris Paladino, president of the New Brunswick Development Corporation.
At full build-out, The Hub will be home to thousands of workers, Paladino said, although there's no way to estimate just how many. Those workers will be able to get to the station without having to navigate traffic on Albany Street.
"This is a project that has been on the drawing board for about nine years," he said. "Through several administrations, we're always hit with all types of delays - lack of funding for NJ Transit's component of it. We've received $4 million from the federal government. We've designed our component of it. It hasn't held up this project, but it's important that it's there.
"It was honestly a project that was built before The Hub was ever conceptualized. We thought about doing a variety of other things on this site. So it's a very important component and it looks like this partnership (between Amtrak and NJ Transit) will actually deliver the funds to eventually construct it."