NJ TRANSIT Requests Public Comments on HBLR's Northern Branch Extension

NJ TRANSIT, New Jersey’s public transportation system, held two public hearings as part of the environmental review process on the expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system into Bergen County. The hearings, which were held on April 24, 2017, were part of a 60-day public comment period that ends May 23, 2017. 

Members of the public are invited to review the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS document) and submit their comments. NJ TRANSIT will collect and review all of the comments and a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be prepared for review by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). 

The Northern Branch project will extend service on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system by 10 miles and include seven new stations in five municipalities. The service would operate on West Side Avenue in North Bergen and then on existing railroad right-of-way owned by CSX Transportation (CSX) between 91st Street in North Bergen and the northern border of Englewood. The new stations would be located in North Bergen, Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, and Englewood. 

The extension is projected to add 12,370 customers to the system, with 24,740 trips on an average weekday. The existing Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system served approximately 26-thousand customers on 52-thousand trips on an average weekday in 2016.