Improvement project will provide accessibility for individuals with disabiliti
TRENTON – Assemblyman Craig Coughlin and Senator Joseph Vitale (both D-Middlesex) on Tuesday commended the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for greenlighting renovation work at the 19th District’s historic Perth Amboy Railroad Station, which will help modernize and make the station ADA compliant.
“I’m thrilled that the DEP has given NJ Transit the green light to make these much needed upgrades to the 90-year old station,” said Coughlin. “The Perth Amboy Railroad Station was built in the late 1920s and is not easily accessible to individuals with disabilities. This project will provide this accessibility to ensure that all residents who want to use the station are able to, and will help make the commuting experience much more inclusive while protecting the historical significance of the station.”
“Making the appropriate infrastructure changes which will add ramps, elevators, and more will make the train station open to more members of the Perth Amboy and commuter community,” said Vitale. “We are thrilled NJ Transit is able to make these changes while keeping the historical integrity of the building intact.”
Located on the North Jersey Coast Line, Perth Amboy Station serves approximately 1,700 trips on a typical weekday, the station has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1984, and the station improvements will preserve the 1920s historical architecture design and features. There are also plans to see if the city’s art gallery can be moved into the southbound building.
The improvement project will make the station more accessible for riders in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project will include construction of two new side high-level platforms, in addition to four new elevators, and accompanying stairs and ramps to access the new high level platforms. Additional platform access will be provided at Smith Street. The plan also includes upgrading existing restrooms. The project also includes rehabilitation and repairs to the Eastbound Station and Westbound Station buildings.