CITY OF ELIZABETH SUPPORTS PROPOSED TERMINAL A UPGRADES AT AIRPORT AND PATH RAIL EXTENSION

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CITY OF ELIZABETH SUPPORTS PROPOSED TERMINAL A UPGRADES AT AIRPORT AND PATH RAIL EXTENSION
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—March 31, 2016 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced his support of proposed improvements at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A as well as the City of Newark’s efforts to incorporate an extension of the PATH rail-line from Newark Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport and Manhattan. Anticipated Terminal A enhancements, which was voted upon by The Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners, include a one million square foot building with 33 gates and a 3,000 space parking garage.
 
“Terminal A is located within the City of Elizabeth and the planned upgrades will increase opportunities for visitors and residents as well as increase parking revenue for our municipality,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “This will be a significant investment that incorporates needed infrastructure improvements to prepare for future demands and enhance the traveling experience for the public. I would like to express my gratitude to The Port Authority for their vision and commitment.”
 
Additional initiatives being proposed include the extension of the PATH rail-line from Newark Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport and Manhattan. As the fourth largest municipality in New Jersey, the City of Elizabeth is both an economic and transportation hub. Residents and commuters depend on its trains, access to the airport and waterway for the transportation of both people and goods. Similar to the Terminal A project, this opportunity will create jobs, increase options and improve overall services within the region.
 
The City has two train stations, which operate on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line. The Historic
 
Midtown Elizabeth Train Station, which was designated a Transit Village by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, is scheduled to be completely revitalized by New Jersey Transit through a $55 million investment project. In addition to the increased security, accessibility and function that will be achieved through this effort, the City is building upon a focused redevelopment plan to complement this area, including new housing, economic development initiatives as well as the incorporation of arts and recreation.
 
The North Elizabeth Train Station, which is located adjacent to North Avenue and minutes away from the City of Newark, also continues to thrive. With a large supermarket, school, businesses and new housing in the immediate area, this section of the municipality continues to grow. Additional development is planned in the immediate area, increasing pedestrian traffic and the dependence upon mass transit.
 
“These transportation initiatives would enhance current amenities and contribute to the overall marketability of the region,” said Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilwoman-at-Large. “Locally, the implementation of the PATH extension would provide an innovative and convenient access to area destinations while reducing the reliability on personal vehicles for travel and thus traffic congestion.”