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    Thumbs up HBLR Begins It's Journey Westward to the Hackensack

    Expansion of Hudson-Bergen light rail expected to get $5 million boost

    Updated Dec 9, 2017; Posted Dec 9, 2017
    By Ron Zeitlinger
    The Jersey Journal


    The NJ Transit board is expected to approve a $5 million contract amendment for an engineering study of extending the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system to route 440 in Jersey City.(Journal file photo)

    The expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system westward to Route 440 in Jersey City is expected to receive a $5 million jump start when the NJ Transit board votes on an engineering contract next week.

    The expansion project is seen as a key component of the city plan to revitalize the western side of the city and provide a mass transit option for the planned Bayfront development on the Hackensack River north of Society Hill.

    The extension of the light rail would also connect the Hudson River and Hackensack River waterfronts with one train ride.

    The city's plan for the 100-acre site includes more than 8,000 units of residential housing, parks, retail shops and other commercial properties.

    The authorization of $5 million to "initiate preliminary engineering for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Route 440 Extension project through Dec. 31, 2018" is on the agenda for the Dec. 13 meeting. The work would be performed by WSP USA, formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., of Newark.

    "As Jersey City continues to grow into the largest city in New Jersey, we have worked to ensure that our local transportation systems can sustain and enhance this growth," Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said in a statement.

    "I thank NJ Transit for advancing the process in extending the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Route 440 in order to support the future growth of Jersey City's West Side neighborhood. This expansion will improve connectivity for projects such as Bayfront and New Jersey City University's new West Campus."

    The western-most Hudson-Bergen light rail station is the West Side Station at Claremont and West Side avenues. NJ Transit officials declined to comment on the the expansion project.

    The Bayfront site is owned by Honeywell and Jersey City. There are multiple bidders seeking to develop the property, but a developer has not been chosen.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2.../post_940.html

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    Thumbs up It's Happening!!! The HBLR is expanding again for the first time since 2011!

    Hudson light rail western extension project moving forward, Jersey City mayor says
    Updated Nov 19, 2019; Posted Nov 19, 2019
    By Ron Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal


    The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system is being extended west to the western side of Route 440, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said.

    The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system is heading west toward the Hackensack River, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said Tuesday afternoon.

    Currently the westernmost light rail station is the West Side Avenue Station. Under a plan that has been in the works for years, a Bayfront station would be built roughly one mile to the west, on the other side of Route 440, and would be a boon for the proposed 8,000-unit Bayfront development project on the banks of the Hackensack.

    “This is big for the future of Jersey City and I’m encouraged that we are moving forward with the extension of the light rail into the southwest portion of Jersey City,” Fulop said in a statement. "With the city progressing on Bayfront, the largest mixed-income housing development in the region, this light rail extension is essential.”

    The mayor tweeted his enthusiasm for the light rail extension Tuesday afternoon, one day after Gov. Phil Murphy discussed it at the Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment.

    The Governor’s Office did not return a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.

    Fulop said NJ Transit, which operates the light rail system, would break ground in 2020.

    “This will be a game changer for our Bayfront investment on the West Side of #JerseyCity as we are building the largest mixed income community in the region,” Fulop tweeted.

    The stations at West Side Avenue, Martin Luther King Drive and Garfield Avenue are currently closed due to utility work by the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (West Side Avenue branch.

    The NJ Transit website includes a map of the where the tracks would be laid. It also says that an Environmental Analysis was completed and the Federal Transit Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project back in 2014. The FONSI marks the final step in the NEPA review of the project.


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    A map of the proposed light rail extension.


    https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/11/hu...ayor-says.html

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    This system has been a model for smart growth, transit oriented development and how to construct a transit system. With it's addition of extended platforms and extended trains and now the the long awaited expansion to the future Bayfront neighborhood, this system has made itself an essential piece of Jersey City's and Hudson County's excellent mass transit network. With Commuter rail, PATH, HBLR, Buses, NY Waterway, CitiBike, Taxis, Uber and soon Via, our transit network is a dense comprehensive and cohesive system that rivals any of our bigger City counterparts and is certainly the best transit network of any City in NJ hands down! Full stop. Don't @ me.

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    Thumbs up Bayfront - Route 440 Officially Breaks Ground

    New NJ Transit light rail will serve developments along N.J. waterfronts
    Updated Mar 03, 2020; Posted Mar 03, 2020
    By Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

    Gov. Phil Murphy and other officials announced the start of construction of the first Hudson-Bergen Light rail extension since the line was extended to the end of Bayonne in 2008 [2011 actually].

    Murphy’s press event on Tuesday signaled the start of construction of the “440 connection” from the current end of one of Hudson-Bergen Light Rail West Side Avenue branch, across Route 440 to a new 8,000 unit “Bayfront” residential development to be built on land owned by Jersey City and Honeywell, located on the Hackensack River.

    The roughly half-mile extension could cost around $220 million.

    The light rail line would serve residents of the 7,000 unit, mixed-use development and the nearby Society Hill community, said Mayor Stephen Fulop. Of those units, 35% would be designated affordable units. Officials are negotiating to build a flyover to take the light rail line over busy Route 440, he said.

    “This is a 25-year story...the area is being changed and to make it reality, we need mass transit,” Fulop said. “This extension has been the biggest ask for Jersey City.”

    Murphy’s remarks were briefly interrupted by chants from demonstrators who oppose NJ Transit’s plans to build “TransitGrid”, a gas-powered electric generating plant to power part of the rail system in the event of a power failure. Police moved the protestors across a street and moved an SUV to block the view of them from a tent where the event was held.

    TransitGird could add 576,000 metric tons of pollutants into the air, said Matthew Smith of Food and Water Action. Environmentalists want Murphy to commit to building a solar powered-battery power plan instead, which is in line with the governor’s plans to reduce greenhouse gases, he said.

    The light rail extension has been planned and studied since 2009. A Bayfront station would be built roughly one mile to the west, on the other side of Route 440, from the West Side Avenue station at Claremont and West Side avenues.

    Early construction work started in December and continues into next month, said Nancy Snyder, an NJ Transit spokeswoman. The full project will take three and a half years to complete and funding sources have not been identified, she said.

    Hudson County executive Tom DeGise said funding could come from “different pots of money” from various government agencies.

    “I am pleased that my first conversation with Governor Murphy is bearing fruit,” DeGise said.

    Construction is the next step, now that an Environmental Analysis was completed and the Federal Transit Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project in 2014.

    The 440 extension would also connect the Hudson River and Hackensack River waterfronts with one light rail train ride. A bridge will carry the line over busy Route 440.

    https://www.nj.com/traffic/2020/03/n...terfronts.html

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