Apr
12

Celebrating Union Station

by Ashley Cerasaro

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Union Station became Union’s first passenger train station since the 1920s when it was completed in 2003. It filled the eight-mile stretch between Newark Penn Station and Roselle Park.

Next Tuesday, April 16th, the township is celebrating the station’s 10th anniversary with a ceremony at its location at 900 Green Lane off Morris Avenue at 5 pm.

Mayor Clifton People Jr., the Township Committee, current elected State Officials and former State Officials from the station’s 2003 ribbon cutting will be present for the event.

Many area businesses, including AVE, will be taking part in the celebration. “The Union Train Station is one of our community’s most valuable assets, as many of our residents commute to Newark, Jersey City and Manhattan for work and Westfield, Summit and Cranford for leisure,” says Lea Anne Welsh, president of AVE. “We are honored to be included in its 10th anniversary celebration and to host a reception in its honor after the ceremony.” AVE Union will host an open house from 3 pm to 5 pm and then a reception in the Café for attendees at 7 pm with refreshments, light fare and raffles.

Area homeowners also benefit from the convenience of the station, which offers direct service to Newark Penn Station and connecting trains to New York, Jersey City and Hoboken. “We’re very excited to help celebrate the anniversary of the Union train station. …I know our homeowners at Station Square really appreciate the convenience of being able to walk to the station and to have such an easy, quick commute to New York City or wherever else they need to go via NJ Transit,” says Randy Brosseau, area president of K. Hovnanian Homes.

Neighboring coffeehouse and bistro Rockn’ Joe will serve fresh brewed coffee, various teas and other beverages, along with sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts to ceremony attendees. To celebrate Union Station’s anniversary, Rockn’ Joe will raffle $10 cash cards and offer 25% off all drinks on the day of the event.

Cintas Corporation will be handing out T-shirts and other promotional items from its table and specialty truck. Team members will be present to talk about the company’s products and services. “Cintas Corporation is proud to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Union Station,” general manager Mike Palo. “As a local business on Green Lane that employs nearly 200 people from the surrounding areas, we rely on Union Station as key mode of transportation.”

Mayor People Jr. identifies ridership at Union Station as a driving force for Union Township. “The success of Union Station, as an asset for both our residents and businesses, has been even greater than anticipated,” he says. “Ridership at our station has become the second busiest stop with 1,355 passengers a day, with only Westfield having more ridership.”

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