PANYNJ opens new accessible station house at Harrison station

PANYNJ opens new accessible station house at Harrison station

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has announced the completion of a new $47.2 million station house at the Harrison stop on the PATH commuter rail.

This is the latest step toward the Port Authority’s multi-facility modernisation of the regional transit hub.

The newly built 3,200-square-foot station house will open to the public at 3 p.m. on 21 February.

It features new amenities such as an elevator; a public plaza with seating; 82 bicycle parking spots along a 17,800-square-foot concourse; and a dedicated turnstile that accepts TAPP, PATH’s new contactless tap-and-go fare payment.

Other turnstiles in the station house continue to accept existing PATH fare payment systems such as SmartLink and MetroCard. The station house replacement project was funded partly by a $40.7 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant.

The original station house, built in 1936, had become outmoded and outdated by modern transportation needs and was razed to make way for a more modern and accessible replacement.

The new facility was built with a particular focus on resiliency and sustainability in adherence to the Port Authority’s rigorous standards. It was designed with enhanced flood protection from the nearby Passaic River, with the station house’s first level located above the flood plain. Water runoff will be collected and stored in water retention tanks for landscape irrigation.

The new station house is the latest step forward in the Port Authority’s $256 million transformation of the sprawling PATH Harrison station complex as a vital transportation hub in the region.

The new facility located at the southwest corner of the Harrison station complex reportedly provides safe pedestrian access for the Harrison station without the need to cross the busy Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard. It complements a station house in the northeast section of the complex completed in 2018, and a second station house that opened in 2019 in the complex’s southeast section.

“Today’s announcement marks yet another milestone in the comprehensive modernisation of our regional transportation system,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

“I applaud the Port Authority for the forward-thinking lens through which this project was conceived. Combining state-of-the-art technology with sustainable and resilient practices will ensure New Jersey commuters have a first-rate mode of transportation to get where they need to go while benefiting our regional economy as a whole.”

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“The PATH commuter rail has fueled the economic growth and development of Harrison and its nearby communities into a desirable residential area and a hub of activity by providing easy access to businesses and cultural landmarks,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.

“The Port Authority’s $256 million investment in Harrison is yielding benefits far and wide for this community as more people discover this not-so-hidden gem as a destination and a great place to live.”

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“Our $256 million investment in the PATH Harrison station complex has turned an outmoded nearly-century old facility into an ultra-modern 21st century transit hub accessible to everyone,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.

“This expansion of the Harrison station that we are opening today advances our commitment to providing a modern 21st century customer experience at Port Authority facilities.”

Late last year, the PANYNJ began construction works on the $220 million Port Street Corridor Improvement project to rebuild Port Newark’s northern entrance at Port and Corbin streets.

More recently, the PANYNJ revealed that it collected more than $25 million from toll evaders in 2023, a 14 per cent increase from the previous year.

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