NJPAC/Center Street is the first station on the Newark Light Rail Downtown Extension that opened on July 17, 2006. The station has two side platforms located on a private ROW along the west side of McCarter Highway. The southern end of the platforms is the grade crossing of Center Street (Route 508) and across this is the tunnel portal that trains use to enter Penn Station. The layout of the station has two side platforms, which have modern black boxy steel frames along their entire lengths. Platform signs (the normal modern NJT font with the line on the bottom hang from them). A simple roof hangs from the steel frame. The Broad Street-bound platform is along the edge of the Center Street with a glass divider keeping passengers from stepping into traffic. The Penn Station-bound platform is basically part of the sidewalk with the steel frame in the middle of it and pavers that say paid fare zone beneath the steel zone, designating an area of the platform. A plaza leads up from the platform area up some steps to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The floor of the plaza and walkway to the arts center has 27 bronze inserts make by Gregg LeFevre, Walk of Fame. The station has a single TVM in the plaza that has the walkway to the NJPAC beneath a similar canopy. There were once two TVMs but one has been removed leaving a wooden base still there. The edge of the platform and trackbed has the Jazz music artwork by Athena Tacha. The work in this trackbed is Body and Soul by Sarah Vaghan.
NJ LRV #107A bound for Broad Street at the Lombardy Street Junction where the ROW separates to run on parallel Streets.
NJ LRV #118A bound for Penn Station passes a construction crew still working on the ROW along McCarter Highway.
NJ LRV #118A bound for Penn Station makes it's way along McCarter Highway with pedestrians walking along the sidewalk adjacent to it
NJ LRV #118B stops at NJ PAC/Center Street, a car for Penn Station
NJ LRV #118B curves down and into the city subway tunnel for the journey to Penn Station
NJ LRV #118B curves enters the city subway tunnel for the journey to Penn Station
NJ LRV #118B enters the city subway tunnel for its short subway journey to Penn Station
Looking down the Penn Station-bound platform at NJ PAC/Center Street the plaza from it leads directly into the performing arts center
Looking across the platforms at NJ PAC/Center St to the Broad Street-platform and the traffic on McCarter Highway
A platform sign at NJPAC /Center St. on the platform for Broad Street Station
Looking down the tracks at NJPAC/ Center St
Traffic runs right up against the glass along the Broad Street station platform at NJPAC/Center St
Sign in downtown Newark for the light rail station
Looking across to the station
The tracks curve into the tunnel portal
Looking across to the station platforms
Looking down the platforms
The round signs indicated there is a station here
The plaza at the station, there is just one TVM left
Eddie Murphy in the walk of fame
Last Updated: 16 March, 2013
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