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New Brunswick
New Brunswick Station, street view.jpg
The 1904 station building as seen from Albany Street
Location French Street and Albany Streets
New Brunswick, New Jersey
United States
Owned by NJ Transit
Line(s) Northeast Corridor
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 810, 811, 813, 815, 818
Rutgers Campus Buses
Brunsquick Shuttles
DASH 1 & 2
Suburban Trails: Line 100
OurBus Prime
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NBK (Amtrak)
Fare zone 14 (NJT)
History
Opened January 1, 1838
Rebuilt October 1903–September 28, 1904
Electrified December 8, 1932
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 4,976 (average weekday) (NJT)
Passengers (FY 2016) 7,857 Decrease 6.1% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Princeton Junction
toward Harrisburg
Keystone Service Metropark
toward New York
Princeton Junction
toward Norfolk, Newport News or Roanoke
Northeast Regional Metropark
toward Boston South or Springfield
Princeton Junction
toward Savannah
Palmetto Metropark
One-way operation
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Jersey Avenue
toward Trenton
Northeast Corridor Line Edison
Former services
Preceding station Pennsylvania Railroad Following station
Princeton Junction
toward Chicago
Main Line Stelton
toward New York or Exchange Place
Adams
toward Chicago
Terminus New Brunswick Line
Voorhees
toward East Millstone
Millstone Branch Terminus
New Brunswick Station
New Brunswick station, May 1985.jpg
New Brunswick station in May 1985
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1903 (1903)
Architect William H. Brown, chief engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival
MPS Operating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference No. 84002732
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 22, 1984

New Brunswick station is a railroad station in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It serves Amtrak and NJ Transit trains on the Northeast Corridor. The station is located at the intersection of Easton Avenue and French and Albany Streets, near the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University.

The station has two high-level side platforms serving the outer tracks of the four-track Northeast Corridor. Most of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor services bypass the station via the inner tracks, except for select Keystone Service and Northeast Regional trains and the weekday westbound Palmetto.

History

New Brunswick station, 1910
New Brunswick station in 1910
New Brunswick Train Station, New Jersey
Northeast Corridor at New Brunswick looking Northeast

Train service to New Brunswick was begun by the New Jersey Railroad, northbound in 1838 and southbound in 1839. Its successor, Pennsylvania Railroad, built the current station in 1903 when the tracks were raised above street level. Service was eventually taken over by Penn Central and then Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. In 2005, the Clocker trains, a popular commuter service serving the station, were transferred to NJT. In October 2015 the southbound Palmetto began stopping here.

The depot was designed in the Colonial Revival style and includes walls of light brown brick, hipped roof with gabled dormers and a deep cornice with dentil molding at its base. Brick quoins at the corners of the building convey an impression of strength and solidity. Windows display a popular Georgian Revival pattern of 9-over-1. Sills are incorporated into a stone belt course that wraps around the building, while lintels are embellished with prominent keystones. The design is similar to that of the Chester Transportation Center in Pennsylvania.

The station building was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places since 1984, and is part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.

Urban transit hub

In 2005 the station was designated the core of the New Brunswick transit village, a smart growth initiative to promote transit-oriented development which can include government incentives to encourage compact, higher density, mixed-use development within walking distance of the station.

In addition to New Jersey Transit bus operations and Rutgers Campus buses, the station is served by local shuttles known as Brunsquick and DASH. Studies are underway to develop the New Brunswick Bus Rapid Transit system, of which the station would be the hub. NJ 18 and NJ 27, which intersect at the station, would function as the two major corridors for a bus network that would connect downtown, residential neighborhoods, the five campuses of Rutgers in the city and Piscataway, and proximate communities.

New Brunswick is one of nine cities in New Jersey designated as eligible for Urban Transit Hub Tax Credits by the state's Economic Development Authority. Developers who invest a minimum of $50 million within 0.5 miles (0.80 km) of a train station are eligible for pro-rated tax credit. The Gateway is one such project located just to the north of station and connected by a new pedestrian bridge, creating a direct link to the Rutgers campus. It is the tallest building in the city and one of several new projects in the vicinity of the station that has led to a revitalization of the city's downtown surrounding it. Another planned building, a 16-story residential tower at Somerset Street located one block north of the station, is the second UTHTC-approved project in the city.

High-speed rail corridor

In August 2011 the United States Department of Transportation obligated $450 million to a six-year project to improve 24 miles (39 km) of the Northeast Corridor between New Brunswick and Trenton. The Next Generation High-Speed project is to upgrade electrical power, signals, and overhead catenary wires to improve reliability and increase speed to 160 mph (260 km/h), and with new trains to 186 mph (299 km/h).

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