NJ TRANSIT’s board approved an innovative and first of its kind all-inclusive professional services contract to perform Master Planning, Design Services, and Construction Support Services as part of a long-term project for the major restoration and renovation of historic Newark Penn Station. In addition, the board approved funding for Phase One of the contract, which includes the preparation of a Master Plan and completion of a 10% concept design.
“Newark Penn Station is one of the most significant transportation hubs in the Northeast, and a gateway to downtown Newark,” said Gov. Murphy. “Newark has undergone a historic renaissance in recent years, and our Administration is proud to do its part through this historic $190 million investment in revitalizing Newark Penn Station. Newark residents, workers, commuters, and visitors deserve a world-class experience when traveling through the station. I am happy to see this project moving ahead and look forward to its completion.”
As part of the master contract, construction plans will be created which address state-of-good-repair needs as well as long-term capital improvements to Newark Penn Station. These plans will outline present and future opportunities to better integrate the station within the framework of the growing needs of its surrounding communities.
The first phase of renovations will focus on aesthetics, and longer-term enhancements will focus on improving the station’s openness and overall customer and visitor experience.
In December 2020, Gov. Murphy joined NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett, community leaders and municipal, county and state officials to announce this major investment that will renovate the 86-year-old station and help spur economic prosperity by providing the opportunity for additional dining and shopping in the concourse area.
In August 2021, NJ TRANSIT sought proposals from design and construction professionals to restore and modernize Newark Penn Station. These proposals were judged based on their ability to ensure the station features amenities and functionality that will meet the modern-day expectations of both customers traveling through the station, as well as those of residents and businesses.
As part of the Phase One $9.2 million contract award to Parsons Transportation Group, they will utilize a team consisting of the world renowned Grimshaw Architects alongside a strong transit-focused consultant firm, Steer Group, to lead the Newark Penn Station Master Planning and Design portion.
The project continues NJ TRANSIT’s commitment to providing the highest quality customer experience.