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  by GojiMet86
 
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Light rail extensions supported in NJ Transit budget

10 Aug 2018

USA: On August 8 New Jersey Transit announced that it would be spending $3.8bn in the 2019 financial year as the operator seeks to address an urgent shortfall in investment. The budget allocates $2.3bn for ongoing operations and $1.5bn for capital spending.

As well as operating a large main line passenger rail operation primarily linking towns across New Jersey with New York City and Hoboken, NJT also runs three light rail networks and a state-wide bus network.

While much of the investment budget covers spending on commuter rail including Positive Train Control installation, there is also substantial capital spending planned for urban transport. Bus and light rail infrastructure has been allocated $151m, which includes $9m for the Capital Asset Replacement Programmes for both the Newark Light Rail and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail networks.

A total of $148m in general improvements is to be spent across the bus and light rail operations, while $39m has been allocated to network expansion. This covers $34m for the HBLR Northern Branch expansion and $2m for the HBLR Route 440 Improvement scheme. A $41m allocation is to be provided for ‘enhanced mobility services’ for senior citizens and those with disabilities in both urban and rural areas.

Approximately 54% of the capital budget comes from the Transportation Trust Fund, and a further 41% is funded by the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration.
  by MaRoFu
 
Good to know that at least SOME part of the budget is still being spent on this project, despite the whole fiasco involving PTC, equipment, crew shortages, etc...

Besides, isn't 2029 kind of a stretch? I know they need to repair the existing track/add catenary and tracks/build stations, but I doubt this will take more than 7 years unless something goes wonky that delays the construction.

Now watch as this thread suddenly becomes dormant again for another six months as NJT slugs through the project :wink:
  by Defiant
 
GojiMet86 wrote:http://www.metro-report.com/news/news-b ... udget.html
Light rail extensions supported in NJ Transit budget

10 Aug 2018


A total of $148m in general improvements is to be spent across the bus and light rail operations, while $39m has been allocated to network expansion. This covers $34m for the HBLR Northern Branch expansion and $2m for the HBLR Route 440 Improvement scheme. A $41m allocation is to be provided for ‘enhanced mobility services’ for senior citizens and those with disabilities in both urban and rural areas.

Approximately 54% of the capital budget comes from the Transportation Trust Fund, and a further 41% is funded by the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration.
$34 million out of required 1 billion or so? It is safe to say that this project is not going to happen for a while. But also, the feedback I often hear from people using HBLR is that it is slow. It is not grade separated and I think the maximum speeds are limited by NJT for safety. As a result, many people unfortunately say that the bus could be faster. Of course HLBR provides more capacity and behaves better in bead weather...

But honestly, in my opinion, given the PTC installation, frequent train cancellations and other challenges NJT has no business expanding its network. Outside of the Gateway program of course. It should just stick to improving existing service, enhancing service resiliency and hopefully improving the evening schedule on the rail...
  by braves
 
It has been four years since the supplement SDEIS on the HBLR extension along the Northern Branch to Englewood Hospital was released.

Now four years later, the FEIS still hasn't been released.

Does anyone know the status of the FEIS on the HBLR extension along the Northern Branch as to when the FEIS will finally be release for public review.
  by lensovet
 
braves wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:00 am It has been four years since the supplement SDEIS on the HBLR extension along the Northern Branch to Englewood Hospital was released.

Now four years later, the FEIS still hasn't been released.

Does anyone know the status of the FEIS on the HBLR extension along the Northern Branch as to when the FEIS will finally be release for public review.
Moved your post to the existing thread.

I don't think anyone here knows. Your best bet would be to use the Contact Us link on the project website to see if anyone responds.
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