NJ Transit is asking for public input on its $190 million plan to renovate the 86-year-old Newark Penn station. He will hold the first of three public hearings online on Tuesday, inviting comments from travellers, area residents, businesses and others.
The audition will be held on Zoom from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants are be invited to register in advance.
NJ Transit East is also investigating about planned station upgrades, with questions available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Participants will be entered into a draw for a $100 gift card.
“Public input is key to shaping the future design of the station and ensuring it meets customer and community needs,” NJ Transit said in a hearing announcement.
During the meeting, project managers will review their plans and goals, NJ Transit said. Members of the public will be able to ask questions and share their thoughts.
The Murphy administration said the project will include updated amenities, walkable spaces and infrastructure improvements, including in the station’s grand concourse.
Aesthetic upgrades will include the restoration of classic benches in the waiting room and the installation of brighter lighting – and even a deep clean of the limestone exterior to show off the building’s facade, NJ Transit said. Work is also planned to modernize the bathrooms and improve air circulation.
Some works have already started, according to NJ.com.
Governor Phil Murphy’s administration announced the first contract for the project, covering $9.2 million in planning and design work, earlier this year. An initial phase of the project will focus on aesthetics, with longer-term work focusing on “improving the openness of the station and the overall customer and visitor experience”, NJ Transit said in an advertisement at the time.
The project is one of many funded by an $814 million allocation to NJ Transit in this year’s state budget, including improvements to the Hoboken Ferry Terminal Building and the Hoboken Bus Terminal. , according to NJ.com.