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HISTORY


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HISTORY


railroad history

The Bergen Arches is the common name for what used to be the Erie Railroad’s mile-long, four-track cut through the Palisades in Jersey City, now owned by NJ Transit. As the connection for the railroad’s mainline to the Hudson River, it provided smooth transport each day to Jersey City and Manhattan for 30,000 passengers. The railroad infrastructure was finished in 1910 and the last train ran in 1959. Since then, the Bergen Arches has been overlooked and nearly forgotten.

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BERGEN ARCHES


BERGEN ARCHES


bergen arches corporation

Bergen Arches, NJ Nonprofit Corporation [501(c)3], recognizes this property as a unique opportunity to turn an underutilized asset into a space shared between the City of Jersey City and NJ Transit. Our goal is to educate the community on the benefits of an infrastructure driven project that creates an accessible right of way for pedestrians and bikers alike. As the rails-to-trails concept has been successful across the country, we have partnered with local, regional, and national groups that are promoting their own projects to connect with the Bergen Arches, making it the key to unlocking a healthy, affordable, and sustainable transportation system for the 21st century.

CROSSROADS initiative

The corporation will align itself with the Crossroads Initiative and work with other groups such as the JC Bike and Walk Coalition, Embankment Preservation Coalition, Morris Canal Greenway, Jones Park Association, and East Coast Greenway Alliance to form a large network of walkable paths, never before seen in this city.

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INSTRAGRAM


INSTRAGRAM