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11/19/2003



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NJ Transit extends light-rail system, opens station two years early


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New Jersey Transit recently opened the Hudson-Bergen light-rail line’s 22nd Street Station in Bayonne, N.J., two years ahead of schedule.

Now serving 17 stations between 22nd Street and the Hoboken Terminal, the line has served as a catalyst for economic development, attracting commercial and residential developments in cities close to the system, according to a prepared statement.

Last week, a House and Senate conference committee approved a $100 million grant for the Hudson-Bergen line, in addition to a $500 million federal commitment NJ Transit previously obtained.

In spring 2004, NJ Transit plans to open the 2nd and 9th Street stations in Hoboken, and Lincoln Harbor Station in Weehawken. In summer 2005, officials expect to begin service to Port Imperial in Weehawken, Bergenline Avenue in Union City and Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen. The projects are being funded through state and federal dollars.

NJ Transit also is completing concept planning and preliminary engineering for a south extension to 8th Street in Bayonne.

Since the system opened in 2000, ridership has increased to 15,500 weekly trips.






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