Governor James E. McGreevey today announced a partnership between NJ TRANSIT and Montclair State University that will provide students and commuters with direct rail service to New York with the creation of the Montclair-Boonton MidTOWN DIRECT.
The new station and parking deck will be constructed on MSU property, across the Boonton Line tracks from the Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls. It offers convenient access for commuters traveling by auto on nearby Routes 3 and 46 and local residents in Little Falls and Montclair. Riders using the station will have direct rail access to Penn Station New York, Hoboken Terminal or other stations on the Boonton Line and Montclair Branch. It will also provide new rail access directly to MSU for students, staff and visitors.
"As the state's demand for access to higher education intensifies, this new Transit facility will support Montclair State University's continued aggressive growth to meet that critical need by increasing the accessibility of the University," said Dr. Susan A. Cole, President of Montclair State University. "Creative collaborations, such as this one between NJ TRANSIT and Montclair State University, carry the potential to have a profound and positive impact on the opportunities for work and education and on the quality of life for thousands of New Jerseyans."
The station will consist of an 800-foot center island, high-level platform with canopies, a bus and automobile pickup/drop-off area in front of the station and other passenger amenities. The parking deck will contain approximately 1,300 parking spaces. The parking deck and the station platforms will be connected by a pedestrian overpass served by elevators and stairs. Additionally, Clove Road will be realigned near the new station to better serve the station and MSU.
The MSU Station project is scheduled for completion in spring 2004.