The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for NJ TRANSIT’s Raritan River Bride Replacement Project. The FONSI, issued on October 13, 2017, followed FTA’s review of the June 2017 Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for the project, which was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of the U.S. DOT. A FONSI is issued when a determination is made that a project or action will have no significant effect on the environment.
Recognizing that bridge resiliency is essential to safe and reliable operations along NJ TRANSIT’s North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL), the Raritan River Bridge Replacement Project will replace the existing swing bridge that carries NJCL trains over the Raritan River between Perth Amboy, NJ, and South Amboy, NJ. The new bridge will be on an alignment adjacent to the existing bridge, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Built in 1908, the Raritan River Bridge is the sole rail link for 17 of the 20 stations on the NJCL to major job centers of Newark and Jersey City in New Jersey and the New York City borough of Manhattan. It carries almost 10,000 NJ TRANSIT customers daily and moves two million tons of freight annually via Conrail.
To view the FONSI, click here.