NJ awards a Transit Village grant to South Amboy. Here’s what’s planned
SOUTH AMBOY — The city has received a $180,000 Transit Village grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to create a public space at the train station, 140 North Broadway.
City officials said they plan to build a fixed canopy, powered by lights and electricity, in front of the station to accommodate a host of events, such as the grandstand for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade of the city, a live theater or a place for a community meal.
City officials said the funding came after support from state lawmakers in the 19th District, Sen. Joe Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez.
“Our designation as a transit village has allowed us to maintain stable long-term growth,” Mayor Fred Henry said in a statement. “The continued support of the State Department of Transportation through grant programs like this has allowed us to continue this success.”
City officials said they are looking forward to getting the project off the ground and opening it later this year. They said the canopy will feature six columns and be designed to blend in with the character of the station.
Governor Phil Murphy and the state’s DOT last week announced Transit Village grants for fiscal year 2022 of $3.8 million — the highest annual grant amount ever given — to 14 of 33 cities. designated statewide as Transit Villages since 1999.
“We continue to explore ways to make South Amboy Station more pedestrian-friendly and creatively accessible,” Coughlin said in a statement. “This state funding is the latest step in our efforts to design a more convenient, walkable community along Broadway.”
South Amboy station underwent a major refurbishment from November 2006 to January 2010.
A new $4.8 million pedestrian overpass was built allowing safe transfers on both tracks of the station, followed by a $29 million overhaul that replaced the two side platforms original low-level by a new high-level island platform accessible to the ADA. The works included the reconstruction of the station building.
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