LYNDHURST, N.J. -- Reconstruction and improvements planned for the Lyndhurst train station are still on track to begin in 2016.
Three years ago, it was announced $22 million worth of improvements would be made to the train station on Stuyvesant Avenue, including the relocation of the platform east to the intersection of Delafield and Court avenues, which would allow better access to the commuter parking lot.
The lot is in the ShopRite shopping center on New York Avenue. According to NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic, the agency is working with Lyndhurst officials on final designs for the station. She also confirmed there are no plans at this point in time to close the Kingsland station at the corner of Ridge Road between Milton Avenue and Freeman Street.
Lyndhurst station is listed as one of NJ Transit’s capital projects for 2016 on its website, with its schedule denoting design as "underway," with plans to advertise for construction this year. However, it’s still unclear when in 2016 this will happen.
Torbic did not provide a timeline of events. The improvements slated for the station will be focused on ADA-compliance, including the construction of handicap ramps and parking spaces along with the construction of two high-level platforms. It is expected to cost about $22 million to make these improvements, and it is expected to be federally funded, Torbic said.
More recently, NJ Transit released its 2016 budget, which included the transfer of $450 million from capital improvements to other capital-eligible expenses – something allowable by state and federal law. The transfer will have no impact on the Lyndhurst station project, according NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder. Excluded from the plans will be a pedestrian walkway from the commuter parking lot to the train platform along with an elevator.
In June 2014, a master plan re-examination encouraged Lyndhurst officials to cultivate the town's center near the Stuyvesant Avenue train station. Part of this vision included building a pedestrian walkway that would link the ShopRite shopping center to the adjacent Town Centre shopping plaza on the southern side of the tracks on Valley Brook Avenue.