NEC Projects


Newark Penn Station Circulation Study

Project Partners

  • Amtrak
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Project Benefits

  • Improved Circulation
  • Intermodal Connectivity
  • Passenger Experience
  • Increased Capacity

Project Status


Available Funding

$700 K
NJ TRANSIT, in partnership with Amtrak and in consultation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is evaluating alternatives and developing concepts for improved pedestrian circulation at Newark Penn Station in Newark, New Jersey.
Newark Penn Station was designed as a high capacity multimodal facility, but the growth of peak period demand has resulted in significant passenger congestion, particularly on the railroad platforms and the vertical circulation elements between the concourse level and the rail platforms. This study builds on efforts going back to the late 1980’s, when recognizing the increasing congestion problems, NJ TRANSIT undertook the first of a series of studies in collaboration with Amtrak to develop plans for mitigating train and passenger congestion, and has implemented a number of improvements as a result.
Newark Penn Station is New Jersey’s busiest passenger rail station, with over 350 daily NJ TRANSIT commuter and 100 Amtrak high-speed and conventional intercity trains. The station hosts tens of thousands of weekday travelers utilizing Amtrak intercity, high-speed and long distance trains; NJ TRANSIT commuter trains; PATH rapid transit trains; Newark Light Rail services; and intercity, commuter and local bus services. Newark Penn hosts additional multimodal services including taxi, local shuttle service, park and ride, kiss and ride, and walk-on pedestrian access.