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West of Hudson Regional Transit Access Study

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Projects on pause

COVID-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.

Study Purpose and Need

The study’s goal is to identify and assess transit solutions to improve mobility and accessibility between Orange County, Stewart International Airport and the surrounding regions, Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.

Study Background

The West of the Hudson Regional Transit Access Study (WHRTAS) was initiated in June 2008 by MTA Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) in cooperation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and New Jersey Transit (NJT).

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is the Lead Agency and the Study will comply with all FTA requirements and will be conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.

The Study is being conducted in two phases. Phase I evaluated a broad range of transit alternatives with the potential to meet the project's goals and objectives and conclude with the recommendation of a short list of alternatives. Phase II will then further develop and evaluate the short list of alternatives and conclude the Alternatives Analysis with a recommended Locally Preferred Alternative.

Study Status

Phase I, which narrowed the number of alternatives for further study in Phase II, was completed in June 2012.  The Phase I analysis and findings are detailed in The Alternatives Analysis Phase I Screening Report.

As part of the Phase II effort to identify a Locally Preferred Alternative, Metro-North is advancing the Port Jervis Line (PJL) Capacity Improvements Study. This Study is examining ways to improve service for Port Jervis Line customers and infrastructure improvements to achieve this goal, including additional track capacity and a new train yard mid-point along the Line.

Looking Ahead

Please check back for future updates.

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