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Vitale, Coughlin and Lopez Commemorate Start of Expanded Service at NJ TRANSIT Avenal Station

The NJ TRANSIT Avenal station has become a full-service train stop offering weekend service to riders across New Jersey for the first time since 1985.

Senator Joe Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez joined local leaders on Friday to mark the long-awaited expansion of service.

“This is a landmark day for the community of Avenel, Mayor McCormac and NJ TRANSIT,” said Senator Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex). “From the initial concept of the transit village to the expanded train service being delivered by the agency, this project proves what the right leadership and civic commitment can accomplish. We need to improve public transportation in this state, and this is a shining example of how it can be done. It is an exciting time for the people of Avenel, and I look forward to many more projects like this throughout the district, and the state, in the future.”

“The Avenel Station is now a full-service station with weekend service for the first time in over three decades,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “That’s great news for the increasing number of commuters who utilize this station. I firmly believe the service expansion will help grow the economy in and around the Avenel community. I’d especially like to thank Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac for his vision of redeveloping a long-vacant site and advancing it in a smart and environmentally-friendly way.”

“Thanks to the leadership of Mayor John McCormac and his administration, the Avenel Station has become much more than just a train stop,” said Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex). “The Station is now a major hub of activity with a thriving business and residential community. NJ TRANSIT’s decision to expand weekday and weekend service will serve to further strengthen the Avenel community and Woodbridge as a whole. I am excited to see continued growth and look forward to taking advantage of the increased transit options.”

The expanded service will include the addition of 21 stops on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, as well as increased weekday service from 27 to 38 stops.