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Light-rail newcomer extends to Newport, NJ


Seven months after launching Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service, New Jersey Transit last month opened its first extension and three Jersey City stations: Harborside, Harsimus Cove and Newport.

Harborside Station is north of the Exchange Place, in front of Harborside business complex; Harsimus Cove is near business and residential areas; and Newport Station is next to Newport Centre Mall, providing access to shopping, employment and entertainment venues.

And, since Newport Station connects with Pavonia Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp. (PATH), Hudson-Bergen Light Rail passengers now have intermodal access at four points: Exchange Place and Newport connect with PATH, while Marin Boulevard and Exchange Place connect with New York Waterway ferry service.

Although the route is single tracked between Harborside and Newport, additional track work is underway, to create double-track service to Newport by spring 2001.

Additional extensions planned or underway include service to Hoboken Terminal, scheduled for completion in spring 2002; Port Imperiale in Weehawken and 22nd Street in Bayonne, 2003; and Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen, 2005.