NEWARK, N.J. — Two well-used stations on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor have received funding for station improvements.
Newark’s Penn Station has received an $18.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, while the Providence, R.I.. station will receive $25 million from multiple sources for a facelift.
Newark Penn, owned and operated by NJ Transit, serves the commuter railroad, Amtrak, and PATH commuter rail. NJBiz.com reports that work will include repairs on Platform D, including rebuilding platforms, installing new tactile strips and timber rub rails, repairing or replacing overhead canopies, and repairing deck joints.
WPRI.com reports that the Federal Railroad Administration will contribute $12.5 million to the Providence project, with Amtrak providing $7.25 milion and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation contributing $5.25 million.
Work will including expanding the building’s interior, repairing its roof, upgrading bathrooms, improving pedestrian access, and upgrading security.
The Providence station serves approximately two million riders annually and ranks 11th nationally among Amtrak stations.