JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hailing it as “the type of smart, 21st century infrastructure needed for New Jersey’s commuters and economic future,” Governor Phil Murphy was in Jersey City Tuesday to officially announce an extension project to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s (HBLR) West Side Avenue Branch. The project will add a new station supporting the transportation needs of the community, as well as encourage growth along Hackensack River Waterfront.
“Continued expansion of mass transit is fundamental to creating a more innovative, interconnected state. I look forward to working with NJ TRANSIT and our regional partners to deliver a fully accessible Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system, Murphy said.
Once completed the $220 million project that is currently in its preliminary engineering phase will extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail West Side Avenue Branch from its current terminus at West Side Avenue to a new terminus across Route 440.
“This extension will benefit so many people, in so many ways,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “It will create an entirely new neighborhood west of Route 440, with new residential and commercial development and parks. It will provide a convenient connection between Jersey City’s western waterfront and existing transit services, with seamless connections to the PATH train and Lower Manhattan. And it will spur sustainable economic growth and improve mobility throughout Jersey City, while helping to reduce greenhouse gas through reduced road traffic. Governor Murphy deserves tremendous credit for pushing this project forward and getting us to this day.”
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said the extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is “an important step to growing our economy, better serving our residents, and taking cars off of our congested roads,” while Mayor Steven Fulop said that it is crucial to the city’s continued growth.
The project is a “win-win-win,” Assemblyman Raj Mukherji said, adding that it will “provide an economic boost and bring with it jobs and growth for Jersey City and our surrounding communities,” while making commuter’s lives easier, taking cars off local highways, and reducing the area’s carbon footprint.
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