Wayne Route 23 Transit Center

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Wayne Route 23 Transit Center
Wayne-Route 23 station platform.jpg
Wayne Route 23 Transit Center's rail platform
Station statistics
Coordinates 40°53′57″N 74°15′22″W / 40.8993°N 74.2561°W / 40.8993; -74.2561Coordinates: 40°53′57″N 74°15′22″W / 40.8993°N 74.2561°W / 40.8993; -74.2561
Line(s)
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 75, 194, 198, 324, 748
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Parking 1100
Other information
Opened January 12, 2008
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by New Jersey Transit
Fare zone 9 (train)[1] and 6 (bus)
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 118 (average weekday)[2]
Services
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
toward Hackettstown
Montclair-Boonton Line
toward Hoboken

The Wayne Route 23 Transit Center is a mass transportation hub located in Wayne, New Jersey, USA. Operated by New Jersey Transit, the complex consists of two major components. One is a bus terminal that provides service to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Newark Penn Station, and intermediate points in the surrounding area. The other is a train platform that is connected to the Montclair-Boonton Line and offers service to Hoboken Terminal, connecting service to New York Penn Station, and local service to points between Montclair State University and Hackettstown.[3] It is located off of the southbound lanes of New Jersey Route 23 on West Belt Road, near the interchange where Route 23, Interstate 80, and U.S. Route 46 meet, across from the Willowbrook Mall. The station opened in January 2008 and has 1,000 parking spaces.[4] New Jersey Transit intends for this combined rail and bus station to become an "interceptor station," that will help relieve the habitual congestion at the West Belt Road Interchange, where the three major highways meet. In addition, the construction of the station was meant to also ease the congestion at what was then Route 23 Park & Ride, a bus depot on Route 23 North that has since been renamed Mother's Park & Ride, and the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride; the now-Mother's site had limited parking while NJT was having trouble with overfull parking areas at Willowbrook.

The Wayne Township bus garage is located on the opposite side of Route 23. There has been a proposal to build a parking deck with another thousand spots and develop the land at the station.

In addition to Montclair-Boonton trains, the Transit Center is served by the following New Jersey Transit bus lines:

Project cost[edit]

US $51 million was budgeted for this project.[citation needed]

Construction history[edit]

The New Jersey Transit project description dated November 2005 stated that the agency would be advertising for a construction contract beginning in March 2006 for "off-site road improvements." Preliminary construction during July and August 2006.

On September 13, 2006, New Jersey Transit's Board of Directors formally awarded the contract to construct this facility. Construction began in the fall of 2006 to finish in early 2008.

In December 2007, it was announced that the station would open to bus service on Saturday, January 12, 2008, with rail service beginning Monday January 14, 2008.

In March 2008 Wayne Route 23, along with the park and ride lots at Willowbrook Mall, Mother's Park & Ride, and Allwood Road Park & Ride in Clifton began charging customers to park. Parking tickets are available at ticket machines on the rail and bus platforms at the station. Daily and monthly tickets are available.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Montclair-Boonton Line Timetables". Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS". New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Description of Wayne-Route 23 Park and Ride project from njtransit.com
  4. ^ New Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center Opens January 12, 2008

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