Port Jervis Line Capacity Improvements
Projects on pauseCOVID-19 has slowed progress on this and other planning studies. We continue to move projects forward internally, however, and will be evaluating this project along with other regional transit proposals for possible inclusion in MTA’s next Capital Plan.
MTA Metro-North is planning service improvements for Port Jervis Line customers. To achieve this goal, Metro-North plans to add passing sidings along the PJL and construct a yard mid-point along the line at Campbell Hall.
Once these improvements are in place, they will allow for more frequent peak and off-peak service, and the introduction of reverse peak service.
In addition, these capital improvements will allow Orange and Rockland County residents to benefit from longer term capital projects such as a future Trans Hudson Crossing, which could provide the opportunity for a future one-seat ride to NYC, and improved transit connections to Stewart International Airport.
The PJL is primarily a single track railroad for the Line’s 65 miles in New York State between Suffern and Port Jervis. This means it’s effectively operating as a “one–way street,” with limited opportunity for trains to pass each other along the Line. In addition, the Port Jervis Yard is located approximately 95 miles from the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, without an available passenger yard between these points for servicing and storing trains. Together, these constraints limit the number of trains Metro-North can operate during the peak, off-peak and reverse peak periods.
Metro-North completed the Port Jervis Line Service Strategy Report and its accompanying documents. The report is the culmination of a collaborative effort among Metro-North, local elected officials, key stakeholders, and the public to develop a strategy for improving service on the Port Jervis Line (PJL).
The report details the recommended strategy which was presented in early 2017 to local elected officials, key stakeholders, and the public. It allows for more frequent service and enables reverse and off-peak service increases on this largely single track line. Key to this strategy is the expansion of PJL capacity through the construction of a new rail yard in Campbell Hall and three new passing sidings along the line.
The next steps for this project involve completing the conceptual engineering efforts and conducting the environmental reviews. Metro-North will be issuing an RFP for a consultant to perform these tasks and approximately $26 million has been allocated in the MTA Capital Program to complete these efforts. Metro-North anticipates initiating this next phase in mid-2018 and concluding in 2020.
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