NJ Transit to fill canal, build new tracks at Hoboken Terminal

Will Rebuild by Design be Realized? That’s the question The Architect’s Newspaper asked recently in an article reviewing the status of the winning Rebuild by Design projects announced in June. Hoboken’s Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge plan received $230M, which will be used to construct infrastructure and landscape features for coastal defense, rainwater storage, and drainage. In addition, a $146M Federal Transit Administration grant awarded in September will enable New Jersey Transit to fill in the Long Slip canal adjacent to Hoboken Terminal, the primary source of flooding in southwest Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy. Filling the canal is an important step toward making the city more resistant to future storm surges. Six new tracks will be constructed on the land created by filling the canal, and three new ADA-accessible platforms will provide step-free access to trains.

The city now has enough money to move forward with the “resist” phase of the Rebuild by Design project, which focuses on creating infrastructure and soft landscape to guard against storm surges, Zimmer said. The city will seek more funding in the future to move forward with the additional phases, which involved storing and discharging storm water, she said.

The transit agency noted that the project is moving forward in a series of tweets from its October board meeting:

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