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HISTORY


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HISTORY


the bergen arches preservation coalition

We are the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that recognizes the Bergen Arches as a unique opportunity to transform an underutilized space into an asset shared by the people of Jersey City and NJ Transit. As the rails-to-trails concept successfully grows across the country, we look to create an accessible path for pedestrians and bikers within the Bergen Arches, while preserving the existing ecology and educating the community on the benefits of an ecological and infrastructure-driven project. We have partnered with local to national groups who are promoting projects to connect with the Bergen Arches, thereby creating a strong network of people dedicated to transforming the arches into a safe and sustainable area open to the community.

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BERGEN ARCHES


BERGEN ARCHES


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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CROSSROADS initiative

The corporation will align itself with the Crossroads Initiative and work with other groups such as the NJ 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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