If only our political system made sense and had found the money already, so that work could go uninterrupted.Funding for this early works project was provided through a $16 million TIGER grant awarded in September 2016 to NJ TRANSIT, along with a local match contribution of $4 million provided by New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).
The five elements of the project included:
- Installation of new fiber optic poles to carry fiber optic cable lines which help provide data communications and transmission services to New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area.
- Construction of a utility protection structure to protect a century-old cast iron water main that supplies water to Jersey City.
- Construction of a finger pier to support future construction activities.
- Erecting two new high voltage transmission poles which carry the high voltage (138kV) power lines that power trains along this section of the Northeast Corridor.
- Construction of a retaining wall just west of Secaucus Junction that will support the new bridge alignment.
Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.
As nobody as posted this yet, NJT reports that all the preliminary work awarded under a grant from the Obama administration is complete https://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet ... SE_ID=3273. A fair quote:
NJTransit is moving ahead with acquisitions of parcels for the bridge. From NJT's March 13th Board Meeting Agenda:
I wonder whether they will actually complete the acquisitions given that the Feds again declined to give money for the project just this week.1903-13 NJ TRANSIT – PORTAL NORTH BRIDGE PROJECT: REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION – Authorization to take any and all actions to acquire Parcels 133 and 207 in accordance with the Eminent Domain Law of 1971, not to exceed an amount as discussed in Executive Session, subject to the availability of funds.
Authorization to file complaints in condemnation and file and record a declaration of taking, where necessary, to acquire Parcels 117, 125, 126, 127, and 209 or other parcels for the Portal North Bridge Project and deposit the estimated just compensation with the Clerk of the Superior Court.
They are probably already complete.
Is that metal sorting facility on the west bank of the river supposed to come down, or is there enough room between the existing westbound main and the building for the new track to avoid it?