The HBLR Route 440 Extension Project
The HBLR Route 440 Extension Project will expand the HBLR West Side Avenue branch. The approximately 3,700-foot route extension will include one new station west of the state highway, supporting Jersey City’s planned development on the Hackensack waterfront. The project has moved from the environmental studies phase to preliminary engineering.
Why is this project important?
In May 2020, NJ TRANSIT restored service to the West Side Avenue Station, following the reopening of Martin Luther King Drive and Garfield Avenue stations the previous month. Service had been suspended for approximately nine months on the West Side Avenue Branch while the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) repaired a deteriorating sewer pipe that ran directly underneath the light rail tracks.
While this utility work took place, NJ TRANSIT completed early construction work for the HBLR Route 440 Extension Project, including upgrades to the stairs and platform area at the West Side Avenue Station. These upgrades were completed in September 2020 and are in preparation for the future work that will extend the line west 3700 ft. to the new Bayfront Station.
The next steps being taken to complete the project include, but are not limited to, applying and seeking funding to complete the project, complete design, acquire the appropriate real estate and begin utility relocations.