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Old Posted Jan 31, 2013, 12:38 PM
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NJ Transit announces approval of train station

Get excited, North Brunswick. That is what Jonathan Frieder, principal of North Brunswick TOD Associates, said of the news that came out last week.

“We’re excited that we are all moving forward,” he said with a smile he could not contain as he sat in the offices on the former Johnson & Johnson site on Route 1 north, overlooking the massive plans for the MainStreetNB transit village project. “We have waited for this moment for seven years.”

That moment occurred on Jan. 8, when NJ Transit went out to bid on the preliminary engineering, construction and design work of a new train station and “flyover” tracks, which is estimated to cost $30 million.

“This is the preliminary stage, but the train station will have all transit ticket amenities such as vending and notices,” said Nancy Snyder, spokesperson for NJ Transit.

All bids are due by the end of the business day on Feb 15.

“After that, the procurement process will begin, where officials will review all the bids,” she said. “We are looking at a projected completion date of 2018.”

Snyder said NJ Transit sees many benefits with the proposed North Brunswick train station, which will be the first for the township. The area has been considered the busiest for rail lines in North America.

“We have seen a substantial customer growth in our Jersey Avenue station [in New Brunswick],” she said. “We continuously monitor our customer patterns and trends. We foresee that this new train station will significantly benefit the area.”

I'm against this station due to the fact it will be in the middle of the High Speed Northeast Corridor zone where NJT can hit 110mph.... It will also feed the sprawl explosion in Central Jersey and will do nothing to fix the Transit needs of Central Jersey unlike the MOM Network or West Trenton lines.... It also benefits a developer rather then the public and should be funded privately...
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