N.J. Transit is moving forward with a $250-million overhaul of the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden with the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to design a new facility to replace the current terminal.
In February, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner and N.J. Transit Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Gov. Phil Murphy officially kicked off the process.
“The new Walter Rand Transportation Center will be the centerpiece of Camden’s resurgence as one of New Jersey’s great cities,” Gutierrez-Scaccetti said in a news release. “Modernizing our facilities is a critical element in building the future of our transit system, which drives the economy, removes cars from the roads and promotes a green and sustainable society.”
As part of the WRTC Improvement Project, N.J. Transit plans to upgrade and enlarge the existing facility to accommodate the development renaissance currently underway in the city of Camden. The new WRTC building will include accommodations for future transit developments and the potential for new retail, office, housing and hospitality opportunities using Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) design standards.
“This is an exciting time for the City of Camden and for the thousands of customers who pass through the Walter Rand Transportation Center every day,” N.J. Transit President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett said in a news release. “This RFP represents the first major step toward creating a new, modern, expansive Walter Rand Transportation Center, which has the potential to transform not just Camden, but also South Jersey – by providing an upgraded regional transit hub to support this region’s rapidly growing communities and local economies.”