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Port Jervis Line Capacity Improvements Study

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Project Goal

MTA Metro-North is examining ways to improve service for Port Jervis Line (PJL) customers. To achieve this goal, the following capital improvements will be needed:

  • Passing Sidings
  • Mid-Point Yard

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.

Study Background

The Port Jervis Line 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.

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