HBLR Environmental Assessment Notice of Availability

This notice announced the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA), prepared to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed extension of the NJ TRANSIT Hudson Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) system from the West Side Avenue Station to a new station, which would be located west of Route 440 in Jersey City.

NJ TRANSIT is conducting the HBLR Route 440 Extension Project in accordance with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) procedures for new transit projects. As part of those procedures, FTA must make a determination about the proposed extension’s environmental impacts before it can approve development of the proposed extension. The EA has been prepared in accordance with all applicable regulations, including the Council on Environmental Quality regulations at 40 CFR 1506.6, FTA regulations under 23 CFR 771.119(d), the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 USC §303), and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice.

AVAILABILITY
The EA is now available on the project’s website at http://hblr440.com and at the following viewing locations:

City of Jersey City
Division of Economic Development
30 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

Jersey City Public Library
West Bergen Neighborhood Branch
476 West Side Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07304

Jersey City Public Library
Greenville Regional Branch
1841 John F Kennedy Blvd W
Jersey City, NJ 07305

NJ TRANSIT Corporation Headquarters
One Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105

Federal Transit Administration
Region 2 Office
One Bowling Green, Room 429
New York, New York 10004-1415

WRITTEN COMMENTS
Written comments on the EA were accepted until 5PM on October 21, 2013. The EA comment period is currently closed.  You can submit general comments on the proposed project by clicking the links at the top of this page.

PUBLIC MEETING
A Public Meeting was held to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed extension and to provide comments on the findings of the EA:

October 8, 2013
New Jersey City University
Gothic Lounge
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Open House: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presentation started at: 6:30 PM

Click here to view the presentation.

Click here to view the Notice of Availability

Environmental Assessment Public Meeting

A Public Meeting was held to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed extension and to provide comments on the findings of the EA:

October 8, 2013
New Jersey City University
Gothic Lounge
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Open House: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presentation started at: 6:30 PM

Click here to view the presentation

Light Rail Extension to Jersey City’s West Side Gets Push Forward from NJ Transit

By Jon Whiten • May 11th, 2011
Jersey City Independent: click here for article

NJ Transit’s board of directors today adopted a plan to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) across Route 440, and authorized its submission to the North Jersey Transportation Authority (NJTPA) for designation and inclusion in the agency’s Long Range Regional Transportation Plan, which would make the project eligible for federal funds.

NJ Transit has been studying the extension since September 2009. Under its plan, 0.7 miles of new light rail track would be laid along an elevated viaduct from the West Side Avenue station, across Route 440 to the northern end of Jersey City’s massive proposed Bayfront redevelopment project, where there would be a new station constructed. The trip between the two stations would take 1 minute and 50 seconds, and NJ Transit officials have estimated the cost of construction at $171.6 million in 2010 dollars, and $213.9 million in 2017 dollars — the expected mid-point of actual construction.

New Jersey transportation commissioner James Simpson, who is also board chair of NJ Transit, says the extension “would both support the [Bayfront] development and address traffic congestion along Route 440 and secondary roads.”

Mayor Jerramiah Healy says his administration is “pleased and thankful” that NJ Transit is pushing the extension forward.

“This extension would not only connect our city from east to west, but it would also further our administration’s goal of creating Smart Growth urban communities, more mass transit, and a cleaner environment by reducing congestion,” the mayor says.