January 09, 2017

Rail projects included in $US 32bn New York/New Jersey plan

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Rail projects included in $US 32bn New York/New Jersey plan J M Calisi

THE Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Board of Commissioners announced on January 6 a $US 32bn draft 2017-2026 capital investment plan for public comment and review.

Capital projects in the 10-year plan include $US 2.5bn for the redevelopment of New York John F Kennedy International Airport and a new AirTrain rail system to serve New York LaGuardia Airport, and $US 1.7bn to build a new connection linking Path trains to Newark Liberty International Airport’s rail link station.


The plan also includes $US 7.6bn to complete projects currently under construction, such as the installation of communications-based train control (CBTC) on the Path metro network linking New York and Newark, upgrades to Harrison and Grove Street Path stations and a port and rail freight facility at Greenville Yard.

The draft capital plan includes $US 2.7bn towards the payment of debt service for the Trans-Hudson rail tunnel link between New York and New Jersey.

The public will be able to comment on the plan until February 15. The Board will review the input before taking action at its February 16 meeting.

“Hard choices and robust debate led to a balanced 10-year capital plan to help meet the entire region’s enormous current and future transportation infrastructure needs,” says Port Authority chairman Mr John Degnan. “These include a new, state-of-the-art Port Authority Bus Terminal for bus commuters, 21st-century airport terminals for fliers and more trains for rail riders.”

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