Northern New Jersey/Hudson-Bergen LRT MOS-1
Hudson-Bergen LRT (MOS-1)
Northern New Jersey
The New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) is constructing a 9.6-mile, initial Minimum Operating Segment (MOS-1) of an eventual 21-mile light rail transit (LRT) line. The line will run principally along the Hudson River waterfront in Hudson County. MOS-1 will connect the Hoboken Terminal to 34th Street in Bayonne and Westside Avenue in Jersey City. MOS-1 is expected to cost $992.14 million (escalated dollars) and carry 31,300 riders per day.
The proposed full rail system is an approximately 21-mile long, 30-station, at-grade LRT line from the Vince Lombardi Park-and-Ride lot in Bergen County to Bayonne. The system will pass through Port Imperial in Weehauken, Hoboken and Jersey City. The outer ends will 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. The full 21-mile system is expected to cost $2.0 billion (escalated dollars) and carry 94,500 riders per day.
In February 1993, NJ TRANSIT initially 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. A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the full project was completed in the summer of 1996. In October 1996, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the full project. In that same month, FTA signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement committing $604.09 million of Section 5309 New Starts funds to support the 9.6-mile MOS-1. In January 1997, the Governor of New Jersey, in conjunction with the mayor and the City Council of Hoboken, agreed to shift the alignment in Hoboken to the West Side of the city. The shift from the East Side alignment to the West Side alignment in Hoboken places the station south and adjacent to the Hoboken Terminal and increases the number of stations for the full project from 26 to 30 stations. An Environmental Assessment was completed on the impacts resulting from this proposed change and submitted to the FTA in August 1998. FTA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the proposed alignment shift in June 1999.
The Hudson-Bergen LRT project is one of eight elements eligible for funding as part of the New Jersey Urban Core Project. Through FY 2001, Congress has appropriated $445.30 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds to MOS-1 of the Hudson-Bergen LRT.
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 in November 1996. Project construction began in December 1996. Revenue operation for the segment to Exchange Place (Phase A) began in April 2000. In November 2000, NJ TRANSIT began limited revenue service one mile north of the Exchange Place Station to three additional stations at Harborside Financial Center, Harsimus Cove and Pavonia-Newport. Full service to the Hoboken Terminal is scheduled to begin in Spring 2002.