On Thursday April 21, 2022 Governor Murphy spoke at the groundbreaking of the long awaited $45.5 million renovation and upgrade of the historic Perth Amboy Train Station (watch video). Murphy called Perth Amboy a “city on the rise that deserves a train station that meets it’s aspirations,” and said the station can be the hub of Perth Amboy’s future. The investment in safe and modernized rail infrastructure at the Perth Amboy Train Station will feature 4 elevators, 2 new high level station platforms, and additional ramps and walkways that will ensure the station is fully ADA compliant. The station will have updated rest rooms, updated security measures and an improved pedestrian bridge, among other amenities. The last time major improvements were made to the Perth Amboy Train Station was 30 years ago. Middlesex County leaders celebrated this historic day for the City of Perth Amboy including Perth Amboy Mayor Helmin Caba, former Mayor Wilda Diaz, County Commissioners Rios and Kenny, Assemblywoman Lopez and Assembly speaker Coughlin and Perth Amboy City Council members. Perth Amboy School Board members were also in attendance, as were Business Improvement District members and many other community leaders.
The Perth Amboy Train Station was built in 1927 and is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places. Gov Murphy said the architectural significance of the 95 year old Perth Amboy Train Station structure will be respected, “honoring the stations history while looking towards the future.” Improvements will make the Perth Amboy Train Station accessible to all and more welcoming. Gov. Murphy said that before the pandemic, the Perth Amboy Train Station had 900 daily riders. In addition to the improvements in the Train Station, investments are being made in making travel more reliable and comfortable with new rail cars and locomotives. Gov Murphy also said he is protecting NJ transit customers with no fair hike for the 5th straight year. The Perth Amboy Train Station renovations are forecast to be completed by early 2024.