Rail

N.J. Transit breaks ground on Mass Transit Tunnel

Posted on June 8, 2009

[IMAGE]NJ-cavern-full.jpg[/IMAGE]New Jersey Transit broke ground Monday on the Mass Transit Tunnel project, touted as the largest transit public works project in America. New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine; Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez; FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff; and a group of other federal, state and local officials were in attendance.

“Today’s groundbreaking represents an historic $8.7 billion dollar transit infrastructure project, the largest in the nation,” Gov. Corzine said  “It will create thousands of jobs for hardworking families across the region, promote better mobility and provide enormous environmental benefits." 

The $8.7 billion Mass Transit Tunnel (MTT) project, being built in partnership with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, is expected to generate and sustain 6,000 jobs through the construction phase of two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River, an expanded New York Penn Station and other key elements, reinvigorating the link between New Jersey and New York and benefiting the regional economy with improved mobility.  It is expected to create 44,000 permanent jobs.

U.S. Senators Lautenberg, Menendez and Gov. Corzine also announced a major funding agreement with the Obama Administration that enables the initial phases of the project to advance with federal funding support.

The Early Systems Work Agreement (ESWA) provides $1.35 billion in funding for the early phases of the project, about half of which is from federal sources including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

The $1.35 billion agreement includes a down payment of $400 million of funding from the Federal Transit Administration (towards a $3 billion FTA commitment), $130 million in federal stimulus funds and $125 million in Federal Highway congestion mitigation funds.

Doubling the number of tracks for trains operating between New Jersey and New York will increase service capacity to 48 trains per hour during peak periods from the current 23 trains.  Twice as many passengers will be able to be accommodated, from 46,000 each morning peak period now to 90,000 in the future. 

“The Mass Transit Tunnel will give more access across the state to our rail system with better capacity, enhanced reliability and fewer transfers to major destinations in New Jersey and New York,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard R. Sarles.  “It delivers better rail service for more and improves the quality of life for our travelers.

Fifteen years of study starting with 137 project alternatives, numerous public meetings and input in conformance with federal regulations, produced the finished plan.  The project has been designed to allow for expansion in Manhattan to the east in the future as conditions and funding permit.

 METRO TV: To view video footage of the groundbreaking and a simulation of the tunnel project, click here.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

London's light rail network to use automatic braking system

Work began on the feasibility of introducing this new safety measure shortly after a tragic crash in Croydon in November 2016.

Trinity Metro begins TEXRail commuter service to DFW airport

The new 27-mile commuter rail line runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

NJ TRANSIT lease plan to generate $2.1M in non-farebox revenue

Continues its efforts to maximize non-farebox revenue by leveraging prime retail locations at its train stations.

MTA averts L Train shutdown to repair Superstorm Sandy damage

The massive reconstruction work, announced in 2016, called for a full closure of the tunnel for 18 months.

Tri-Rail celebrates 30th anniversary in January 2019

Over the years, Tri-Rail trains have been the scene for holiday parties, wedding and baby showers, and even Thanksgiving dinners.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation