Rail Bridge Project To Receive Federal Funding For Design Work

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey’s senators announced $38.5 million in new federal Recovery Act funding to complete the final design for a new rail bridge over the Hackensack River between Kearny and Secaucus.

The new bridge is expected to help improve the reliability of Amtrak and NJ Transit trains and reduce wait times for commuters. Its replacement is critical to the completion of the Mass Transit Tunnel project that is intended to double the current rail capacity between New Jersey and New York.

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Approximately 420 passenger trains use the Portal Bridge each weekday.  The current bridge is over 100 hundred years old and can no longer meet the demand of today’s commuters or rail traffic on the Northeast Corridor.  The funding would help replace the current two-track bridge with a three-track one.

The Northeast Corridor will receive a total of $112 million for improvements.  This investment in national intercity passenger rail and high-speed rail projects is being made through grant programs created and authorized in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, which was signed into law in 2008.

“This funding for the Portal Bridge project will help improve our rail service, while creating jobs for our residents and moving us one step closer to completing the tunnel project,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), chair of the Commerce Committee’s Surface Transportation Subcommittee.


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