Northern New Jersey/Hudson-Bergen LRT MOS-2
Hudson-Bergen LRT (MOS-2)
Northern New Jersey
The New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) is proposing to construct a second Minimum Operable Segment (MOS-2) for the Hudson-Bergen Waterfront Light Rail Transit System (HBLRTS). The proposed MOS-2 would run 5.1 miles north from Hoboken Terminal to the Tonnelle Avenue Park-and-Ride lot in North Bergen and one mile south from 34th Street to 22nd Street in Bayonne. The total capital cost of MOS-2 is estimated at $1,215.4 million (escalated dollars), including borrowing costs. MOS-2, like the initial Minimum Operable Segment (MOS-1), which is now nearing completion, would be a design/build/operate/maintain project. With the completion of the second phase of the Hudson-Bergen LRT, NJ TRANSIT expects the system to become self-sufficient and not require any additional operating subsidies. MOS-2 is scheduled for completion in 2005 and is anticipated to carry 34,900 average weekday boardings in 2010.
The full Hudson-Bergen LRT, which includes a 4.7-mile MOS-3, is a $2 billion (escalated dollars), 20.1-mile, 30-station at-grade LRT line from the Vince Lombardi Park-and-Ride lot in Bergen County to West Fifth Street in Bayonne in Hudson County. It is projected to serve 94,500 average weekday boardings in the year 2010. When completed, the project 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 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the full Hudson-Bergen Waterfront LRT was issued in August 1996. In January 1997, the Governor of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Mayor and City Council of Hoboken, agreed to alter the alignment of the Hudson-Bergen LRT in Hoboken to the west side of the city. An Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed on the re-alignment and was submitted to FTA in August 1998. FTA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the EA in June 1999.
In November 2000, FTA executed a Full Funding Grant Agreement with NJ TRANSIT committing $500 million of Section 5309 New Starts funds to support the 5.1-mile extension of the Hudson-Bergen LRT.
The Hudson-Bergen LRT is one of eight elements eligible for funding as part of the New Jersey Urban Core Project. Through FY 2001, Congress has not appropriated any Section 5309 New Starts funds to MOS-2 of the Hudson-Bergen LRT.