New Jersey Transit trustees approved a $40 million contract with Little Falls-based Walsh Construction Co. to construct Phase One of a long slip fill and rail enhancement combined sewer overflow extension and canal filling project at the agency’s board meeting on Wednesday.
This project will take place at the Hoboken Rail Yard along the Hudson River Waterfront in southern Hoboken and northeastern Jersey City.
The rail yard was damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012.
Transit said Phase Two is expected to be awarded in 2021 and will install six new tracks over the filled canal to service three Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible, high-level boarding platforms above expected flood levels. The elevated position of these tracks and platforms will improve commuter rail service to and from Hoboken Terminal in advance of and immediately after a storm or other event, and will enable more efficient train operations under normal operating conditions.
On Sept. 30, NJ Transit President Kevin Corbett said, Transit started reconstructing the Elizabeth rail station at a cost of $71 million.
Corbett also gave a report about rail service, saying Transit had fewer train cancellations for the first nine months of 2019 as compared to the first nine months of 2018. Transit will graduate seven classes of engineers in 2019 and 2020, he said.
Regarding positive train control, NJ Transit Senior Vice President of Railroad Operations Ray Kenny said it is being incorporated into Transit’s operations.
Transit is testing the system of sensors and computers that will stop trains in case of operator failure. The U.S. Congress passed legislation requiring all rail agencies to install positive train control in response to fatal accidents.
Corbett also gave an update about the future of self-driving vehicles and a proposal was submitted to the Federal Transit Administration seeking $150,000 to fund three self-driving vehicles.