Raritan Valley Rail Coalition co-sponsors presentation, open to the public at Freeholder Chambers in Elizabeth
UNION COUNTY, NJ---The Regional Plan Association, a non-profit public policy agency, will present its report, "A Preventable Crisis, The Economic and Human Costs of a Hudson River Rail Tunnel Shutdown,” on Thurday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. to the Union County Freeholders prior to their public meeting.
The Regional Plan Association’s report details the devastating impact that any extended closures of the rapidly, deteriorating 108-year-old Hudson River train tunnels would have on the regional economy, including Union County. From reduced home values to gridlocked roads, the report portrays a grim picture of what New Jersey and the region could look like if the proposed Gateway Hudson River rail-tunnel project remains unfunded.
All residents are invited to the free presentation, which will be held on the 6th floor in the Freeholder chambers at the Union County Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth. Residents are also allowed the opportunity to comment on the plan during the general comments portion of the regular meeting that night.
The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition was created more than two decades ago to campaign for a one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Rail line. It also strongly lobbies for the creation of the Gateway Tunnels Project, a $13 billion proposal that would rebuild the Hudson Tunnels, the Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River, and add other significant improvements along the rails leading into New York.
NJ Transit transports 1.7 million residents along the Raritan Valley line in four counties (Union, Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon). For information on the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, visit www.raritanvalleyrail.com or Facebook.com/raritanvalleyrail.