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Study Will Look At Expanding Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
October 25, 2012

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It’s been about a year since the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail was completed. The system could be expanding again thanks to a federal grant.

The 400,000 dollar grant will fund a study that’ll determine whether or not the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail should add tracks to accommodate more trains, among other improvements.

Standing at the 2nd Street Station in Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer says the system has almost hit max capacity.

“There’s 40,000 people a day using this and a lot of those people are Hoboken residents that are really benefitting from being able to use the light rail system.”

The light rail is often credited with helping to turn Hudson County’s old industrial sites into active neighborhoods. Along those lines, this study will look at the feasibility of adding a new station on the border of Hoboken and Jersey City where a new high-rise is going up quickly in a blighted neighborhood north of the Holland Tunnel.  

But studies take time. Senator Frank Lautenberg says they have to start somewhere.

 “So it’s the beginning. There’s obviously going to have to be lots more money.”

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