Officials, commuters commemorate Newark Penn Station's 80th anniversary

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on March 23, 2015

 

NEWARK — City leaders and local business officials gathered at Newark Penn Station this afternoon to celebrate the transit hub's 80th year in operation.

Officially dedicated on March 23, 1935, the station helps shuttle tens of thousands of commuters to and from their homes and workplaces every weekday, according to NJ Transit officials. Approximately 54,000 of those pass through it via its various rail lines, run by NJ Transit, Amtrak and the Port Authority.

Funded by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the city of Newark, the building's original construction cost a total of $42 million.

It underwent extensive renovations in 2007, including the restoration of its façade, train platform improvements and other upkeep, which officials said they would remain committed to.

"It's just a mecca for the city of Newark," City Councilman Eddie Osborne said.

To commemorate the occasion, visitors were offered tours of the building, and a row of historic buses were on display outside the station's main entrance on Ramond Plaza West.

Chip Hallock, the president and CEO of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, said the station was a vital part of the economy for both the city and northern New Jersey.

"This is a gateway to Newark, and such an important part of our transportation system here," he said. "Our employers here rely on Penn Station, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak to get people back and forth."

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