NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Tuesday major renovation funding for Newark Penn Station, the seventh busiest rail station in the country.
A total of $190 million is being allocated for an extensive list of repairs and upgrades.
Work will begin immediately on $30 million worth of renovations and restorations, paid for through state funds, Murphy said.
The makeover will include restoration of waiting room benches and platform enclosures; brighter and more efficient LED lighting throughout the station; completely renovated bathrooms; restored and repaired platform doors; improved HVAC and air handling; and fresh paint and restored tilework throughout the station.
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The limestone exterior of the entire historic facility will be power-washed, Murphy added.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the renovation is long overdue for the "growing city" and is exactly what they need.
Additional improvements will include improved drainage around the building and upgraded signage in and around the facility.
A major regional hub, Newark Penn Station allows travelers to connect with NJ Transit trains to the Jersey Shore and western and southern New Jersey, Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses, Amtrak and NJ Transit Trains to Newark Liberty International Airport, the Newark City Subway and local NJ Transit and private bus lines.
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