A prepare for an 18-mile light-rail line through Camden and Gloucester counties has actually finished an environmental impact research study for review by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, moving another action more detailed to an ambitious task that advocates say would reinforce the region's transport infrastructure.
Plans for the task date back 2005, when a group of stakeholders proposed it as an option for the absence of fixed-rail transit in South Jersey. The project is sponsored by the Delaware River Port Authority, PATCO and NJ Transit, with $200 million currently vowed by the South Jersey Transportation Authority.
The Glassboro Camden Linecalls for 14 new train stations, shown on the map below, and it trains would bring riders along an existing Conrail line utilizing diesel, light-rail lorries.
Riders would have the capability to transfer to the PATCO Speedline for access to Philadelphia and other parts of Camden County. Moving to NJ Transit would take riders to Atlantic City or Trenton using the River LINE, while those seeking to reach New York City could connect with the Northeast Corridor trains.
The job's advocates say expanding rail service is essential due to an anticipated population boom in Gloucester County over the next few decades, spurred by business development and growing student registration at Glassboro's Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Connections 2045 Plan for Greater Philadelphia formerly approximated that Gloucester County's population and work would grow by 29% in between 2015 and 2045.
Fans also point to ongoing redevelopment in Camden, where the Walter Rand Transportation Center currently is poised to go through a $250 million overhaul. They state transit-oriented advancement in South Jersey will raise property worths, lower traffic congestion and supply greater availability across the region.
“The GCL project is a vital transportation link for South Jersey, one that is long past due,” said Jeffrey L. Nash, Camden County Commissioner and DRPA vice chairman. “The GCL will serve to reduce our carbon footprint, increase property values for house owners, spark economic chances for businesses, and offer a practical means of transport for workers, trainees, and those who desire easy access to the universities, hospitals, and cities.”
The Final Environmental Impact Statementcomes after a draft in November was examined during a series of virtual public meetings. Jobs of this magnitude generally meet some neighborhood resistance, as noted today by Railway Age, with issues typically fixating criminal activity entering the residential areas and interruptions brought on by building activity.
This environmental study will now be examined by NJDEP, which will offer a written response, identifying possible adverse ecological effects from the task, in addition to any permits and regulatory requirements required to move forward through its various phases.
The next step in the procedure would be preliminary engineering style and job management.
The estimated expense of the project, estimated in a 2009 public transportation alternatives analysis research study, was pegged at $1.6 billion at the time. Upgraded info about the awaited expense since 2021 has actually been asked for from the project group.
With broadening opportunities for education, work and home ownership in South Jersey, the group behind the Glassboro Camden Line believes it might be a game changer for the region's transportation network.
“The GCL will effectively extend the Philadelphia-Camden metropolitan area,” stated John T. Hanson, DRPA CEO and PATCO President. “This commuter rail line will supply hassle-free transport for workers, students, and those who desire easy access to the numerous cultural, leisure, instructional, economic and medical resources on both sides of the river.”