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Mayors Push for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Expansion

More than a dozen local officials met last week in support of a plan that would add stops along the line in Bergen County.

A Commission of mayors is working to push forward a proposal that would bring light rail service to the county, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, the ‘Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission’ met at bergenPAC last week to discuss strategies for moving the project toward actual construction.

The team is led by Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and voted Monday to support a plan that would extend the NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail beyond its current Hudson County stops, the report said.

Currently, the line runs from Bayonne to North Bergen. A new plan would see the line extended to stops in Ridgefield, Leonia, Palisades Park, and Englewood, the report said. It would run nine miles, take 33 minutes to ride, and cost about $1 billion, the report said.

Though no source of funding for the project has been identified, the group discussed Monday the possibility of a federal grant that would have the state pay only half the bill, it said.

The mayors said they will continue to advocate for the project, help find ways to pay for it, and get more officials across the area and the state to support it, the report said.

“We want to coordinate an effort, multi-county, and create the understanding it’s a statewide issue,” Fulop told NorthJersey.com.

“It creates jobs. It makes Jersey more competitive and it’s important to the entire state.” 

Veronica Wheeler April 28, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Boy! I wish they would make a stop in Fair Lawn. I used to ride this every day to work in Jersey City and I loved it. Open and airy and you see the neighborhoods as you go by. It makes a stop at a beautiful mall in Jersey City. It would be so nice!
Sally G April 28, 2014 at 05:09 PM
I would like to see it go all the way to Tenafly, as originally planned and as the tracks go, but I will gladly take this partial plan. Way to work together, mayors—the public will back you, I am sure—guaranteed that I will! I will be watching for advocacy opportunities—maybe the NJTransit board of directors’ meeting in May?
Allie April 28, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Someone tell me what the purpose of this is that I as a taxpayer should shell out 1 BILLION dollars? What will this do for me?
tom quinn April 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM
The benefit might be not building a new bridge-(TZ Bridge 2014) This idea should continue up to Sparkill-Orangeburg, Y

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