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8/3/2006



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NJ Transit awards $82.5 million tunnel engineering contract



The New Jersey Transit board recently awarded an $82.5 million contract to THE Partnership to engineer the Trans-Hudson Express (THE) Tunnel, a two-track tunnel that will run under the Hudson River and provide passengers a one-seat ride from New Jersey to Manhattan.

A joint venture comprising Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV and DMJM Harris/AECOM, THE Partnership will determine tunneling techniques, construction phases, property acquisition needs and utility relocation requirements.

To begin later this month, preliminary engineering will take about 18 months to complete. During that time, NJ Transit will finalize track alignment; advance tunnel design, construction techniques and contracting methods; determine electrical power, signaling, communications and safety needs; develop station architecture; develop new operating plans; and refine project estimates.

NJ Transit expects to release the draft environmental impact statement for THE Tunnel later this year.




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