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FTA to fund $400,000 for Hudson-Bergen light-rail study


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will provide a $400,000 grant to New Jersey Transit to study future opportunities for expanding and improving the Hudson-Bergen light-rail line, Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announced last week.

The grant will enable NJ Transit officials to evaluate the need for a new station in northern Jersey City to accommodate and develop new housing and business opportunities; study the benefits of adding track to ease a choke point near the Hoboken Terminal; and review existing conditions and potential solutions to ease traffic congestion in the Paterson Plank Road area, the senators said in a prepared statement.

Since its inception, the Hudson-Bergen line has reached near-capacity with more than 42,000 riders per day, and light-rail stations in Hudson County have helped to spur economic development, they said.


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