Prior to the April 10 vote, NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett said the Elizabeth station project would comply with the Americans with Disability Act and provide better amenities to serve customers. The contract also covers up to 5 percent in contingencies.
“This project is a perfect example of the investments we are making to restore the rail system,” Corbett said. “A new, modern and efficient station capable of handling the demands of this important Northeast Corridor stop is critical. This project is emblematic of the turn-around we are beginning at NJ Transit.”
The Elizabeth rail station will feature new inbound and outbound station buildings, longer platforms for additional boarding capacity as well as improvements to communications systems.
During public comment, Lackawanna Coalition Chairman David Peter Alan opposed NJ Transit hiring a contractor to do the Elizabeth project, calling it wasteful spending. The coalition advocates for New Jersey residents who rely on public transportation.
“One of the hallmarks of NJ Transit [has been] the waste and cronyism inherent in hiring big consulting firms at inflated prices to handle jobs that could have been done by qualified NJT personnel,” Alan said. “We have heard Gov. Murphy blame the policies of the recent past for the woes that our constituents continue to suffer so we have been waiting for true reform. Unfortunately, we must continue to wait.”