West Side Light Rail Extension Project Picks Up Some Federal Funding

Last fall, NJ Transit approved a study to explore the feasibility of extending the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail from the West Side Avenue station across Route 440 to the planned Bayfront development along the Hackensack River.

The “alternatives analysis,” as it is called, is the first step in the long federal process, and in particular the study is evaluating potential alignments, station planning, park and ride locations, operational needs, cost estimates and integration with the mixed-use redevelopment slated for the area.

Now New Jersey’s two U.S. senators say NJ Transit has picked up $237,500 in federal funding for the study from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Another New Jersey project in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties is also receiving federal funding.

“Improving mass transportation in New Jersey will create jobs and provide an environmentally-friendly option for thousands of commuters in New Jersey,” Sen. Frank Lautenberg says in a statement.

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.