US public transportation system New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) has granted approval for renovation and reconstruction contracts for Elizabeth rail station.
The board approved the $49.2m final design and construction contract with Anselmi and DeCicco, while the construction management services contract worth $4.7m was approved with WSP USA.
Overall, the reconstruction project is estimated to cost $71m and is slated to be completed by 2022.
The project will involve the construction of new inbound and outbound station buildings, the expansion of the platforms to accommodate 12-car trains and the installation of security and passenger communications systems in the station.
Furthermore, it will enable the restoration of the existing pedestrian tunnel, the installation of new platform canopies and climate-controlled platform shelters, the refurbishment of the existing plaza area and the installation of TransitArts elements.
Installation of two new elevators, rehabilitation of existing two elevators and construction of new ramps are also part of the work package to improve ADA access at the station.
NJ Transit executive director Kevin Corbett said: “This project is a perfect example of the investments we are making to restore the rail system.
“A new, modern and efficient station capable of handling the demands of this important Northeast Corridor stop is critical.”
Following the completion of the project, commuters will have access to new station buildings, longer platforms to board 12-car trains, as well as new customer communication and variable message signs to guide them.
NJ Transit manages 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops connecting all major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.