The Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission has approved final environmental permits that allow NJ TRANSIT to begin work on the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility and County Yard Improvement Project. The facility will be capable of storing 400 or more rail cars during a major weather event, preventing extensive damage to its fleet and returning scheduled service faster.
The storage and inspection facility project site is situated along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in New Brunswick and North Brunswick, N.J., and alongside the Amtrak-owned County Yard. Construction is expected to begin in late 2020 and be completed in early 2025.
“NJ TRANSIT remains committed to advancing important capital projects like the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility,” said Kevin Corbett, NJ TRANSIT president and CEO. “Securing this final permit puts us one step closer to safely storing, inspecting and servicing trains before, during and after an extreme weather event. This will enable customers to get back to business sooner and reduce the impact on regional economic productivity.”
The $370 million project was awarded funding by the Federal Transit Administration’s Emergency Relief Program.