WSPs development of project goals also included resiliency and sustainability initiatives. One of the signature projects in this regard is the Hoboken Terminal, which includes supporting rail yard facilities and lines servicing the station.
“The rehabilitation of the Hoboken Terminal will be a major resiliency effort, developing facilities and infrastructure that will support NJ TRANSIT’s commitment to making its services more sustainable,” Baer said.
The station’s 17 tracks serve as the terminus for several NJ TRANSIT lines, and is a hub of significant transit activity, including PATH, bus and ferry service. A rail yard, fueling facility and other critical infrastructure pieces near the station ensure efficient service for commuters.
The planned improvements will enhance the facility’s resiliency in the face of storm surges, such as those experienced by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. These upgrades will also enable the station to reach its full potential in relieving crowded conditions for commuters who cross the Hudson River for work.
“Superstorm Sandy showed the station’s environmental vulnerabilities,” Baer said. “The terminal was flooded with five feet of stormwater and was closed for more than two months for repairs and restoration as a result. Without significant infrastructure investment here, the station will remain vulnerable to threats from similar storms.”
Resiliency plans include elevating the station to mitigate the impacts of storm surge, extreme weather events and seasonal flooding. It would be approached with sensitivity to the historic character of the existing station building.
NJ TRANSIT is also planning to implement a modernized positive train control across its entire rail network, to improve the safety of the rail system.