• All Things Portal Bridge: Amtrak and NJT Status and Replacement Discussion

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This forum will be for issues that don't belong specifically to one NYC area transit agency, but several. For instance, intra-MTA proposals or MTA-wide issues, which may involve both Metro-North Railroad (MNRR) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Other intra-agency examples: through running such as the now discontinued MNRR-NJT Meadowlands special. Topics which only concern one operating agency should remain in their respective forums.

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  by STrRedWolf
 
nkloudon wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:28 pm >>Per Wikipedia, there was a Hoboken to Penn trip, non-stop. <<

Wikipedia is unverified and written by amateurs. Prior to the recent "waterfront" connection there was no way to connect from the DL&W to the PRR. Even today, such a change required a change of direction. Perhaps the writer had Hoboken confused with Newark?
I retract that whole mess. I thought I read somewhere online where there was a Hoboken to Penn Station run though the PRR tunnel. I can't find the article or site anymore.
  by lensovet
 
Press release from NJT:
NJ Transit wrote:TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy, alongside Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Congressman Tom Malinowski, and Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia, today celebrated the finalization of the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to construct a new Portal North Bridge. NJ TRANSIT CEO and President Kevin Corbett executed the agreement with the FTA today, which will provide $766.5 million dollars in federal funding for the Portal North Bridge.

The replacement, which will be preliminarily owned by NJ TRANSIT and maintained by Amtrak, is designed as a high-level, fixed span bridge that will allow marine traffic to pass underneath without interrupting rail traffic. Once full construction begins, the remainder of the Portal North Bridge Project is estimated to take approximately five years.

To help fund the project, the FTA will provide $766.5 million through the Section 5309 Capital Investment Grants Program and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will provide $57.1 million through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The remainder will be allocated by New Jersey’s local share of $811 million and Amtrak’s obligation of $261.5 million. The FFGA also includes financing for 25 new multilevel rail cars to further increase capacity. The rail cars are options on NJ TRANSIT’s existing order of 113 new multilevel cars.
  by west point
 
I really hope that with all the possible funds going to Amtrak that the present Portal bridge swing bridge can remain in service until Portal South is complete in service. The extra funds could be used to 4 track from the proposed Gateway merge to Newark Penn station. That IMHO would enable that section to become somewhat more fluid. I could see an Acela-2 being able to pass a NJT slower commuter train that way. And if the bridge get stuck the new bridge could at least carry the traffic.

The 4 tracking does need the underpass revisions from Hoboken to be completed. Another reason for the 4 tracking.
  by Ken W2KB
 
SRich wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:43 am
preliminarily owned by NJ TRANSIT
Does that mean that ownership will be transferred, after a certain time?
It is my understanding that New Jersey is the administrator of the project. Hence it will own it. After completion the expectation is that the bridge operating and maintenance responsibility for the bridge will be transferred to Amtrak. That makes sense from the point of view of a single entity being responsible for all rail O&M of the NEC in NJ.
  by gokeefe
 
This could be part of an acceptance and inspection process by Amtrak. They get to go over it with a fine tooth comb and won't take delivery until they consider construction acceptable. Smart move on their part (if true).

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  by lensovet
 
west point wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:23 am What is the present status of construction on the bridge ? As well how is the work on the NJ underpass from Hoboken coming along ? Has it even been contracted ?. I forge its name.
NJT’s procurement calendar is wide open and shows you which contracts have and haven’t been awarded. There’s no underpass work planned as part of this replacement and never was.
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