By: Savannah Scarborough, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Resources Intern
CAMDEN, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy announced on February 17 his plan for a $250 million project that will ultimately replace the existing Camden Walter Rand Transportation Center, the largest hub in Camden County, with an expanded multi-purpose transit center. The new facility’s design, made by The Request for Proposal (RFP), will be released in the coming weeks, and once the expansion begins, construction is expected to take nine months to complete.
According to Gov. Murphy and Congressman Donald Norcross, this new transit center’s goal is to benefit the people of Camden for decades to come while creating good-paying construction jobs, sending a clear signal that Camden’s best days are ahead. NJDOT Commissioner and NJ Transit Chair Diane Gutierrez Scaccetti stated that this new transit system would provide a clean, comfortable, and safe commuting experience while supporting the continued economic development in Camden.
The project intends to upgrade the preexisting facility to accommodate the development currently underway in the county. The new construction is planned to accommodate future transit developments and the potential for new retail as a whole. The new center will also accommodate:
- 26 bus lines that serve the facility
- Provide improved intermodal connectivity with the PATCO speedline subway and the River Line light rail
- Support intercity independent bus services
- Provide additional parking, administrative offices, and value capture retail opportunities to the adjacent growing educational and health care corridor – Provide an opportunity for integration with zero-emission buses
“Camden is in the midst of an unparalleled transformation,” Mayor Frank Moran said.
This investment is estimated to leverage billions of dollars into Camden. It will be a crucial component in the future revitalization, including the opportunity to integrate the Center with improved connectivity to Camden’s medical, education, and industrial development areas and battery-electric buses, according to NJ TRANSIT President.
Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Assemblyman William Spearman, and Assemblyman Bill Moen stated in a joint statement that this investment would benefit commuters and all of the county by providing more retail, office, housing, and hospitality opportunities in the area.
All government members in New Jersey have acknowledged Gov. Murphy and his efforts to keep the state on the pathway to a 21st-century transportation system. Michael Egenton, the Executive Vice President of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Board Chairman of the Walter Rand Institute Advisory Board and Rutgers University-Camden
expressed how this investment will provide access to a viable transit system that is vital to sustainable job growth and will encourage greater use of public transit while promoting continued economic development in the region.
Gov. Murphy’s investment in this project will lead to extensive improvements for New Jersey and further push the state towards future opportunities and advancements.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.