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Public invited to express their views on temporary suspension on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail - West Side Avenue branch due to Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority underground utility repair work

 February 7, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- NJ TRANSIT will hold two public hearings to gather information and feedback on the proposed temporary suspension along a section of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s West Side Ave. branch to accommodate city utility repairs.




Due to upcoming extensive underground sewer repair work by the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA), NJ TRANSIT will be required to temporarily discontinue service at three stations in Jersey City:




  • West Side Avenue Station
  • Martin Luther King Drive
  • Garfield Avenue




Light rail service will be suspended for approximately nine months along this route. Emergency repair work is scheduled to begin on or about June 1, 2019 and continue to March 1, 2020.




Substitute bus service will be provided for express travel from each of the three stations (West Side Avenue, Martin Luther King Drive and Garfield Avenue) directly to the Liberty State Park station, where customers can connect to regular HBLR service. Shuttle buses will also provide local service between each of the three stations. The West Side Avenue Park and Ride will remain open during the station closure. When the project begins, NJ TRANSIT customer service representatives will be on location to help direct customers.




JCMUA is repairing an old, deteriorating sewer pipe that runs directly underneath the light rail tracks. It will take NJ TRANSIT at least two months to decommission the section of the West Side Avenue light rail line, removing wire, shutting off electricity and removing track before JCMUA will have access to the worksite.




NJ TRANSIT will conduct public hearings to receive public comment on the proposed service disruption along the West Side Avenue branch of the HBLR. There will be two opportunities for public comment on Thursday, March 7th, 2019.




The public hearings will be held:




Date:               Thursday, March 7, 2019




Time:              2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   




Location:        New Jersey City University


                        Gilligan Student Union Building (Culver Avenue entrance)


                        Multi-Purpose Room B


                        2039 John F. Kennedy Boulevard


                        Jersey City, NJ  07305-1597




NJ TRANSIT is working closely with Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority to ensure the project remains on schedule and to minimize the impact to customers to the greatest extent possible. 






NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 251 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.