Light Rail Could Be Pushing West in New Jersey

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(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) New Jersey Transit wants to go west with its Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line to connect with a major roadway and spur development on the Newark Bay waterfront.

The commuter rail line now ends in a residential neighborhood in Jersey City, whose side streets are crowded in the morning with drivers looking for parking spots before catching the train.

NJ Transit says it has decided to push the line seven-tenths of a mile west to end near heavily trafficked Route 440. The two-track extension would run on an elevated viaduct.

The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line provides more than 40,000 weekday trips between 24 stations in Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen. The system links to PATH trains and trans-Hudson ferry services that carry passengers to and from Manhattan.

The project's estimated construction cost is between $150 and $200 million. NJ Transit has submitted their plan to the New Jersey Transportation Authority for inclusion in its Long Range Plan, which would make it eligible for federal funding.