PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey Transit officials hosted a public meeting at Eastside High School Wednesday to provide insight and obtain community feedback on efforts underway to explore the restoration of passenger service between Hawthorne and Hackensack, ultimately connecting with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.   

While any such project is many years away from seeing shovels hit ground, the purpose of the study is to prepare technical updates and alternatives assessments of transit options on the route which has been closed to passenger service since 1966. Included in the deliberations are the mode of transport that would best suit the route, possible station locations, and other potential “transit friendly” land uses along the corridor.

The goals of this project are to improve mobility options in the region for residents and businesses as well as improve transportation connectivity. The study would also have the overarching objective of finding ways it can support economic growth opportunities as well as enhance quality of life and minimize adverse environment impacts.

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Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett, who also serves as the County’s representative to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), told TAPinto Paterson that he sees great promise in the project and hopes that it will serve to “see that all of our residents can meet their economic needs as well as their professional aspirations” as a result of the opportunities the study unearths.   

Considered in the plan, according to NJ Transit officials, as it relates to Paterson, are various stops in the city in locations such as 6th Avenue, Lafayette Street, Madison Avenue, 20th Avenue and Vreeland Avenue. It’s in making these decisions, project leaders said, that the need for community involvement is crucial. With public outreach in its early stages officials said that they plan to coordinate pop-up events where residents congregate to ensure they are disseminating updates on project activities, obtain additional local insight, understand local conditions, and, most importantly, work together to keep everyone informed on the the potential project’s progress.

Asked about the potential project Mayor Andre Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson that “improving transportation into and around Paterson is a major factor in efforts to transform ours into a 21st century city,” and that he welcomes the study and encourages residents, as well as business owners, to take advantage of future opportunities to share their views on it.

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