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The project involves restoring commuter rail service on the CSX owned West Trenton Line, a 27 mile right-of-way running between the existing Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) West Trenton Station in Ewing, Mercer County and NJ TRANSIT'S Raritan Valley Line (RVL) in Bridgewater Township, Somerset County. The proposed expansion would provide commuter rail service between Ewing, New Jersey and Newark Penn Station.
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The proposed project includes: re-installation of previously removed track within the existing rail right of way to provide 12.8 miles of new second track; signal improvements; restoration of the at-grade crossing of the Lehigh Line at Port Reading Junction and the track connection to the Raritan Valley Line in Bridgewater Township, NJ; five railroad stations and related parking facilities; a train storage yard, and acquisition of additional railroad rolling stock. The proposed stations are: West Trenton (Ewing Township), I-95 (Hopewell Township), Hopewell (Hopewell Borough), Belle Mead (Montgomery Township), Hillsborough (Hillsborough Township).
Approximately $219 million (2007 estimate). Construction of the project is not funded.
NJ TRANSIT released the proposed restoration of passenger rail service on the West Trenton Line Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for public comment on November 15, 2007. The public review and comment on the Draft EA period of sixty days ended on January 15, 2008.
Construction of the project would provide a new transit option in central New Jersey, relieve parking shortfalls along the Northeast Corridor and Raritan Valley Line, and enable communities to focus transit oriented development around rail stations, limiting roadway congestion and supporting smart growth.
NJ TRANSIT Department of Capital Planning and Programs