Northern New Jersey (Hudson-Bergen LRT)

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Hudson-Bergen Waterfront Light Rail Transit System

Northern New Jersey

(November 1996)

Description

The New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) is constructing a light rail transit line along the Hudson River waterfront in Hudson County. The full project is a 20.1-mile, 33-station at-grade LRT line from the Vince Lombardi Park-and-Ride lot in Bergen County to Bayonne. The project passes through Port Imperial in Weehauken, Hoboken and Jersey City. The outer ends would provide 8,800 park-and-ride spaces. The core of the system will serve the high density commercial and residential centers in Jersey City and Hoboken and connect to ferries, PATH, and NJ Transit commuter rail lines. A 9.6-mile "initial operating segment" would connect the Hoboken Terminal to 34th Street Bayonne and Westside Avenue in Jersey City.


The full 20.1-mile system is expected to cost $1.6 billion (escalated dollars) and to carry 81,400 riders per day. The 9.6 mile initial operating segment is expected to cost $992.14 million and to carry 31,300 riders per day.

Status

In February 1993, NJ Transit selected, as its locally preferred alternative, a 26-station at-grade LRT line from the Vince Lombardi Park-and-Ride lot through Hoboken and Jersey City to Route 440 in Southwest Jersey City. Later in 1993, NJ Transit added a 7-station extension to southern Bayonne, resulting in a 20.1 mile project.

A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the project was completed in the summer of 1996. A Record of Decision (ROD) was issued by FTA in October 1996.


Section 3031 of ISTEA directed FTA to negotiate and enter into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA). In October 1996, an FFGA was signed committing $604.09 million of Section 5309 New Start funds to support the 9.6 mile initial operating segment of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System. The Hudson-Bergen LRT project is one of eight elements eligible for funding as part of the New Jersey Urban Core Project. Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $99.02 million in Section 5309 New Start funds to the initial operating segment and a total of $523.08 million in Section 5309 New Start funds for Urban Core Projects.


NJ Transit is using a turnkey procurement to implement the project. A design/build/operate/maintain contract was signed in October 1996, and notice to proceed was given to the contractor on November 1, 1996. Construction is scheduled for completion in July 2000.

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
($million)
Federal: Section 5309 New Start
(FFGA Amount)
$604.09 ($99.02 million appropriated through FY 1997)
Federal: Section 5307 Formula $281.65
State: $106.40
Total: $992.14

Hudson-Bergen Waterfront Light Rail Transit System Map of a light rail transit line along the Hudson River waterfront in Hudson County. The full project is a 20.1-mile, 33-station at-grade LRT line from the Vince Lombardi Park-and-Ride lot in Bergen County to Bayonne. The project passes through Port Imperial in Weehauken, Hoboken and Jersey City. The outer ends would provide 8,800 park-and-ride spaces. The core of the system will serve the high density commercial and residential centers in Jersey City and Hoboken and connect to ferries, PATH, and NJ Transit commuter rail lines. A 9.6-mile initial operating segment would connect the Hoboken Terminal to 34th Street Bayonne and Westside Avenue in Jersey City.