Northern New Jersey/New York (West Shore Corridor)

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West Shore Corridor

Northern New Jersey/New York

(November 1996)

Description The New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) is conducting a Major Investment Study/Environmental Impact Statement (MIS/EIS) for the West Shore Region. The three corridors include the West Shore rail line (now known as the Conrail River Line) between West Nyack, NY and the Secaucus Transfer and Hoboken, NJ; the Conrail Northern Branch between West Nyack, NY and Secaucus Transfer/Hoboken, NJ; and the NYS&W corridor between Saddlebrook, NJ, and Edgewater, NJ.

Status A 1993 planning study proposed commuter rail service from Hoboken and the Secaucus Transfer station to West Nyack, NY. Rockland County, NY officials suggested that the line be extended farther north to West Haverstraw. In June 1995, FTA awarded $3.97 million for a Major Investment Study and a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the West Shore Rail Corridor. In 1996, Bergen County officials obtained $300,000 in FTA Section 5303 funds for the study of the NYS&W corridor. That analysis is being incorporated into the MIS. The purpose of the MIS is to look at commuter rail, light rail, highway improvements, and transportation systems management alternatives (TSM) for improving mobility for commuters in the corridor. This MIS, scheduled for completion in mid-1997, will result in the selection of a preferred alternative and a financing plan.

Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $3.97 million to support this project.