Light Rail, Gold Coast, Perfect Together

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
CM | 2.50
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You'll learn about:

  • The planning history of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, opened in April 2000

  • Why and how the route was chosen

  • The economic benefits of the project and what the future holds

Opened in April 2000, the Hudson Bergen Light Rail today carries more than 50,000 commuters a day. It has engendered billions of dollars in investment along New Jersey's "Gold Coast," just across the Hudson River from New York and Wall Street. Take a ferry ride to the "Left Bank" of the Hudson, where you will board a private light rail vehicle provided by New Jersey Transit. Along the route, planners from New Jersey Transit and the local municipalities will discuss their experiences in planning the system in the 1990s, right on up to today as they plan expansions of the system to the west and north. Today one of the most successful light rail systems in the nation, it was not without its detractors in the years before the first trolleys rolled down the rails. There will be much to see and hear in this workshop as we ride through a transformed landscape of abandoned railyards and brownfields, now converted into vibrant residential and commercial communities. 


Robert Cotter , FAICP , , Jersey City , NJ (see bio)
Patrick Harrison , AECOM , Jersey City , NJ (see bio)
Naomi Hsu , AICP , Jersey City , NJ
Sandra Sung , AICP , Jersey City , NJ
Jennifer Gonzalez , AICP , City of Hoboken , Hoboken , NJ