Elizabeth Station to Get $55M in Upgrades – Including Heat

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) -

A $55 million overhaul of the Elizabeth rail station would increase capacity and include heated and air-conditioned waiting areas.

State and federal officials unveiled a preliminary design Monday for the more than century-old structure that serves New Jersey’s fourth-largest city. Plans include a street-level ticket office and waiting area with space for vendors as well as additional stairways and elevators.

About 7,500 passenger trips are made each day through the Elizabeth station, making it the 10th-busiest of more than 150 stations in the NJ Transit system.

Perhaps as important as the customer amenities, the new station will be able to accommodate 12-car trains instead of the 10-car trains it currently serves. Work is scheduled to be completed on the project in 2018.