Newark Penn Station opened to the public in 1935. The depot is the New Jersey’s busiest, and after nearly 90 years in operation the state is undertaking a $190 million effort to restore and update the historic hub.
That’s where you come in.
NJ Transit announced it will hold three public meetings about the revitalization work, the first of which is scheduled for Aug. 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. According to the agency, staff members will lead the virtual meeting to provide information about the project and solicit feedback from customers, Newark residents, business owners, visitors and others.
You can register to attend the Aug. 9 meeting here.
Participants can take part from a phone, computer, tablet or smartphone.
“Public involvement is essential in shaping the station’s future design and ensuring that it meets the needs of the customers and the community,” NJ Transit said in an announcement of the first meeting.
At the start of the year, the agency’s board approved an all-inclusive professional services contract for the project to Parsons Transportation Group to perform master planning, design and construction support services, in addition to approving $9.2 million in funding for Phase One of the contract, which includes the development of a master plan and a 10% completion of the concept design.
The master plan will address state-of-good-repair needs as well as long-term capital improvements to Newark Penn Station. NJ Transit said the first phase of renovations will include refurbishing historic elements. Longer-term, the goal is to improve the “openness” of the station and the overall experience for travelers.