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    Quote Originally Posted by vanshnookenraggen View Post
    The best thing that could happen to the HBLR is for it to enter Manhattan either in a new tunnel (not very likely) or through the Lincoln Tunnel to the PABT. Ridership would explode.
    The placement of the parenthetical in that sentence is very interesting. What makes the Lincoln Tunnel more likely than the new tunnel option?

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    Well what would be easier, funding and building a new tunnel just for light rail or adding rail to the Lincoln Tunnel? Both would require as much political support as the other but the Lincoln Tunnel is already there. Turn the 3rd tube into bus/light rail only.

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    I think the probability of HBLR going through the Lincoln Tunnel is the same as the probability of HBLR going through the Chunnel.

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    Thumbs up PATH to EWR By 2023

    Construction on PATH airport extension to start in 2018

    By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for
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    on October 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated October 01, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    The PATH Train travels through north Jersey and Manhattan. File photo The Jersey Journal

    NEWARK — Construction on an extension of PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport is scheduled to begin in late 2018 and be completed five years later, according to documents from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    A request for proposals, or RFP, to manage the $1.5 billion project issued on Sept. 26 calls for construction to begin in the first quarter of 2018, with completion scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023. The management contract for the project is to be awarded by the end of this year, according to the the RFP, which notes that the dates are subject to change.

    Proponents of the project say it would provide a one-seat mass transit link between the airport and the heart of the metropolitan area it serves, an amenity that has come to be expected by frequent fliers.

    Planners and transit advocates say a PATH airport extension would also provide a convenient and affordable commuting option for airport workers in Hudson and Essex counties as well as New York. Environmentalists have embraced the project as a means of reducing automobile traffic.

    Friendly skies could be joined by friendly rails, under a plan to extend low-cost, convenient PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport, where this United Airlines 737 took off in 2012. David Gard/The Star-Ledger

    Support dates back at least to the late 1970's, when an advisory panel recommended the link. The Port Authority commissioned a study that recommended the project in 2012, and it was included in the agency's current $27.6 billion 10-year capital plan adopted in February, though without a specific time frame.

    A Port Authority spokesman, Steve Coleman, confirmed that Friday's RFP was the first document to lay out a schedule for the project, but cautioned that the dates were not set in stone. Proponents nonetheless welcomed word that construction was now at least tentatively scheduled to begin.

    "21st Century transportation is vital if we're going to compete with major airports around the country and the globe," said Joe Sitt, chaiman of the Global Gateway Alliance, an airport advocacy group. "So we're glad to see the Port Authority putting concrete milestones on the table toward making a one-seat ride from the World Trade Center PATH to Newark Airport a reality."

    The extension is to run from the PATH's western terminus at Newark Penn Station, along an existing Northeast Corridor right of way used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains. NJ Transit already provides heavy rail service between Newark Penn and Newark Liberty via a station on the Northeast Corridor linked to the air terminals and other areas by the airport monorail.

    The PATH extension would be largely redundant, following the same route and using the same monorail link. But riders could continue on PATH trains from Newark Penn on to Harrison, Jersey City stops at Journal Square, Grove Street and Exchange Place and at the World Trade Center in Manhattan. With a single transfer, PATH riders from Hoboken or Manhattan's West Side could also reach the airport, albeit in a two-seat ride.

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    I'm curious to see where $1.5 BILLION is going. My bet is that something will get skimmed off the top to pay for other tangential things (though if PATH related I won't complain).

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    It just seems with the existing corridor that this could be done much faster and for much cheaper.

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    It's not one seat if you have to transfer to the monorail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcontent View Post
    It just seems with the existing corridor that this could be done much faster and for much cheaper.
    1.5 billion is pretty cheap for a heavy rail expansion in the NYC area these days. Unfortunately transit improvements around here cost at least twice as much as anywhere else.

    It isn't just the new line and station. They're building a huge commuter garage at the airport, they have to major major improvements at Newark Penn, and I think they even have to relocate the PATH yard.

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    Thumbs up Support For Bergen

    Coalition of mayors announce support for extending light rail to Englewood

    By Matthew Speiser | The Jersey Journal
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    on October 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM, updated October 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto speaks at a press conference held by members of the Mayors Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission at the Exchange Place station to express their unanimous support for the northern Bergen extension of the rail line, on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was joined by, from left to right, West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

    A group of North Jersey elected officials are serious about putting the "Bergen" in the so-far-misnamed Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system.

    Today, members of the Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission -- a group of mayors from Hudson and eastern Bergen counties -- gathered with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Secaucus, at the Exchange Place Light Rail station to throw their unanimous support behind a plan to extend the light rail line north to Englewood.

    The proposal calls for seven new stations north of the North Bergen station at 51st Street and Tonnelle Avenue, at 91st Street in North Bergen, Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, Englewood Route 4, Englewood Town Center and Englewood Hospital.

    "Fundamental to how we live, how we work, and how we create jobs is transportation," said Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III, who co-chairs the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Commission along with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. "Just look at what the light rail has done for Jersey City and Hoboken."

    Prieto said the funding for the expansion would come from the replenished state transportation trust fund, adding that the committee would like to see an investment of $2 billion to connect the two most densely populated counties in New Jersey.

    "We need to create a revenue source for our transportation trust fund that will accommodate the light rail," said Prieto. "We have been relying on federal funding to get this accomplished and it has not worked."

    That revenue source would likely come from the proposed gas tax increase, which is supported by many state legislators, including Prieto, but opposed by most New Jersey residents. The gas tax increase could be as high as 31 cents a gallon.

    Prieto underscored the economic significance of expansion by noting that under the state "Equal Opportunity Act of 2013," businesses within a half mile of a new light rail stations are eligible for tax credits under the Grow New Jersey Program.

    The committee also anticipates the expansion into Bergen County would add 23,800 daily riders by the year 2030, which may significantly reduce traffic congestion on Bergen County roadways.

    The committee is comprised of mayors Fulop, Huttle, James Rotundo of Palisades Park, Vincent Bellucci Jr. of Fairview, Felix Roque of West New York, Richard F. Turner of Weehawken, John DiSimone of Leonia, Anthony Suarez of Ridgefield, Nicholas Sacco of North Bergen, Brian Stack of Union City, Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken and James Davis of Bayonne.

    Each of these towns has passed a resolution expressing its support for the expansion, which was sent to all of the state legislators representing Hudson and Bergen counties, members of the congressional delegation from Hudson and Bergen counties, the administrator of the Federal Transit Authority (FTA), and the executive director of New Jersey Transit, which operares the light rail system.

    The resolution advocates for funding to ensure the projects completion and to keep pressure on NJ Transit to stick to the prescribed timetable.

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    Unhappy Putting Bergen in HBLR Going To Take A While

    N.J. Democrats 'agitate' for light rail funding

    By Matt Friedman | NJ Advance Media for
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    on March 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM, updated March 13, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    ENGLEWOOD — About a dozen north Jersey Democratic elected officials today got together to say they're determined to make the "Bergen" in Hudson-Bergen Light Rail mean something.

    "Let's get real. The name says 'Hudson-Bergen.' It's not the Hudson Bergen light rail," said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, standing next to part of the proposed route in downtown Englewood. "It's the Hudson light rail. It was made to come to Bergen County, and with the support and the help of the people behind me, it will become a reality."

    The first stage of the Hudson-Bergen light rail was opened in Hudson County in 2000. Though it's been extended several times since then, its northern terminus is currently in North Bergen which, despite its name, is in Hudson County.

    A plan is in the works to extend it north with several more stops, terminating at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. But funding for the project — which is expected to cost at least $1 billion — has not been secured at either the federal or state level.

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.),who was credited with organizing the event, along with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9th Dist.) said they were pushing for more than $1 billion in federal funding for the program but complained that Congress was not instituting a long-term funding source for transportation.

    Menendez called on a five-year plan that would include it.

    "Why today? We're already in mid-March. You heard already that the federal transportation bill that exists today lapses at the end of May. So you can't wait for the time for it to lapse that you need to have robust funding," Menendez said. "Part of this is to agitate and get the public to call on their officials to get going, so we cannot just have a patch... to extend for a year. We need a robust five-year program."

    Booker and Pascrell both bemoaned the state of the nation's transportation infrastructure.

    "We inherited grateness and now it is crumbling," Booker said. "The sun is setting on our grandparents' infrastructure."

    Pascrell said that "folks holding up on infrastructure investments probably watched too many episodes of The Jetsons."

    "They probably thought we'd be traveling around in flying cars. Due to the neglect, our roads and bridges are something that Fred Flintstone would be more familiar with," Pascrell said.

    But the project would have to have a 50 percent match at the state level, which is also having big money woes when it comes to transportation funding.

    State Democrats — including Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) — said the project would be a priority when they replenish the state's Transportation Trust Fund, which is broke. But Democrats have reached no breakthrough with Gov. Chris Christie's administration on funding it.

    "All I can say is I hope to be here to cut the ribbon on this station in the very near future," Prieto said.

    Asked why there were no Republicans present, a spokesman for Menendez said elected officials whose towns or district are along the line were invited, and they happen to be Democrats.

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    Any images of the Riverline extension east of Camden?

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