In honor of our new partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation (to be formally announced later this week), PPS is revisiting a body of project work impacting historic places. Below we’ll look at several historic train stations in New Jersey; later this week, we’ll examine historic market halls and main streets.
The nation’s third largest transit provider, NJ TRANSIT, has a system that includes 161 rail stations–1/3 of which are historic sites–in addition to 28 light-rail stops and more than 17,000 bus stops. Every one of these transit facilities is a natural focal point for the community, a gravity point for activity that can help to revitalize adjacent neighborhoods, improve the image of the transit agency and increase ridership. PPS and NJ TRANSIT have worked together over many years to ensure that New Jersey’s bus stops and train stations live up to their potential as great public spaces. A handful of these projects (shown below) demonstrate the positive outcomes of reconnecting historic train stations to the communities they serve.