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FRA completes final environmental report for New Jersey bridge replacement


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit's Portal Bridge project.

Traversing the Hackensack River, the bridge is nearly 100 years old. The FEIS recommends the railroads replace the structure with a three-track, fixed northern bridge and a two-track, movable southern bridge, both on new alignments.

Nearly 500 trains cross the bridge each weekday, and Amtrak and NJ Transit expect additional traffic growth. The FEIS-proposed project would increase capacity, improve service and provide more operational flexibility over the river, the FRA said.

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