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New Jersey Transit last week secured the final environmental permits required to begin work on the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility in New Brunswick and North Brunswick, New Jersey, along the Northeast Corridor.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission granted its final approval for the $370 million facility that will be capable of storing 400 rail cars upon its completion in 2025.
The project is part of a resiliency program to prepare the agency for major weather events and minimize the potential impact of the events on its rail system. The project would increase rail-car storage capability to help prevent damage to the agency’s fleet, as well as expand inspection facilities to ensure rail cars and engines can be returned to safe service quickly following a major weather event, NJ Transit officials said in a press release.
“Securing this final permit puts us one step closer to safely storing, inspecting and servicing trains before, during and after an extreme weather event,” said NJ Transit President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Corbett. “This will enable customers to get back to business sooner and reduce the impact on regional economic productivity.”
The project is funded in part by a $184.5 million emergency relief grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Construction is expected to begin late next year.