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Photos by Fritz Rethage    Posted September 9, 2003

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Secaucus Junction

Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station

 

 

Directions to Secaucus Junction

FROM THE NJ TURNPIKE:
Exit at 16E, stay in the left lane and follow the signs to Secaucus, at the traffic light make a left onto Paterson Plank Road. At the next light make another left onto County Avenue. Take County Avenue to the end and bear right at the fork. Go over the railroad track and make a left at the second driveway. Make the first right, which will place you at the Automobile/Taxi/ Private bus pick up and drop off area at the Secaucus Junction Station.

FROM ROUTE 3 EAST:
After passing the Meadowlands Parkway exit, stay in the right lane for the Service Road. Make the right turn immediately after the Exxon Station. Go to the traffic light and make a left onto Paterson Plank Road. At the next light make a right onto County Avenue. Take County Avenue to the end and bear right at the fork. Go over the railroad track and make a left at the second driveway. Make the first right, which will place you at the Automobile/Taxi/ Private bus pick up and drop off area at the Secaucus Junction Station.

FROM ROUTE 1 & 9 NORTH:
Follow Route 1 & 9 to Secaucus Road exit, at the top of the ramp make a left at the light. Go to the third traffic light and make a left onto County Avenue. Take County Avenue to the end and bear right at the fork. Go over the railroad track and make a left at the second driveway. Make the first right, which will place you at the Automobile/Taxi/ Private bus pick up and drop off area at the Secaucus Junction Station.

FROM ROUTE 1 & 9 SOUTH:
Follow Route 1 & 9 to Secaucus Road exit, at the top of the ramp make a right at the light. Go to the second traffic light and make a left onto County Avenue. Take County Avenue to the end and bear right at the fork. Go over the railroad track and make a left at the second driveway. Make the first right, which will place you at the Automobile/Taxi/ Private bus pick up and drop off area at the Secaucus Junction Station. From Bergen County, Route 17: Take Route 17 South to Route 3 East and follow directions above.

Directions thanks to: Ronny R. Jackson

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Secaucus Junction Area Vision Plan
[www.hmdc.state.nj.us/lup/SecaucusJunction/index.html]

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Secaucus Junction Fast Facts

Building Facts

* $450 million project

* 312,000 – square-feet

* Height – 130 feet

* Four-level structure

** Exterior – precast concrete exterior panels and tinted glazing

** Skylight above rotunda

** Interior walls – agglomerate and ceramic tiles

** Flooring – terrazzo, agglomerate and carpeting

** Main Line/Northeast Corridor Platforms – climate controlled waiting rooms finished with granite pavers.

** Ceilings – linear metal pan and acoustic panels

* Customer amenities – 28 ticket vending machines, customer service offices, public address system, passenger information systems, modern heating and air conditioning system, four rest rooms, retail space, multiple artwork installations

* 31 escalators, 11 elevators, 36 stairways

* Served by 4 tracks on the Main Line and 4 tracks on the Northeast Corridor

 

Construction Facts

* Work site spanning two-and-one-half-miles

* Three miles of roads built or improved to provide access to the site

* Erected along active railroad right-of-way, including the busiest rail corridor in the world (Northeast Corridor)

* 20 cranes simultaneously operated on the site

* 8,500 piles for Northeast Corridor track and station foundations

* 700 caissons installed, up to 7 feet in diameter

* 3,500 feet of new railroad embankment constructed

* Sixteen 200-foot tall transmission towers installed to support overhead electrical wires (catenary wires)

* 19,000 feet of Northeast Corridor track, catenary and signal work

* 2.5 miles of new track and signals installed on the Main and Bergen County lines

* 19 new turnouts, including 6 that allow trains to switch from one track to another at speeds up to 80 MPH

* 4 new major interlockings (track switch locations)

* 35 new signal houses, cases and bungalows installed

Creates Regional rail system

* Connects the Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley, Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Morristown, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton, Raritan Valley and Port Jervis lines

 

Projected weekend ridership within first six months of service:

* 2,700 people per weekend day

 

Station benefits

* Creates new regional rail network

* Connects 10 of 11 NJ Transit rail lines, providing access to jobs and popular recreational, entertainment and educational destinations

* Provides rail access to 15 counties in New Jersey and New York (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Union, Somerset, Warren, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Ocean, Orange and Rockland)

* Served by regional bus network

* 10-15 minutes of time savings for North Jersey and Upstate New York customers traveling to/from midtown Manhattan

* Serves as economic development tool

* Creates the foundation to launch into the next generation of transportation services including the purchase of bi-level rail cars, expanded parking and pursuit of a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River

* Gives people another transportation alternative as they travel to New York, Newark, Trenton, Bergen County, the Meadowlands, the Jersey Shore, Newark International

Airport and a host of other popular destinations

* Delivers more service and more seats to the NJ Transit rail system

* Provides additional rail access from Bergen and Passaic counties to eight major state and private universities

 

Regional economic benefits

* Fostering the State’s "Smart Growth" plan by encouraging development at and around rail stations throughout New Jersey. At the Secaucus Station, for example, a development of 4 million square feet of office and commercial space will mean 17,000 additional jobs at the site.

* Providing access to more than one million jobs in midtown Manhattan

* Opening access to 60,000 jobs in downtown Newark and 25,000 jobs at Newark International Airport and midtown Manhattan for 306,000 households in towns with train stations in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties and another 100,000 households in suburban New York

* Creating one-seat rail access to 40,000 to 50,000 jobs in the Meadowlands for more than 1 million households. About 730,000 households would be within a one-hour rail commute of the Meadowlands from northern New Jersey. NJ Transit buses will shuttle passengers to the Meadowlands from the transfer station

* Generating increased tourist spending at beach resorts with connected rail access for residents in Bergen/Passaic counties and two New York counties.

Source: NJ Transit

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