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In 2005, the New York Times described the Bergen Arches as, “a spectacular underground canyon burrowed between the New Jersey Palisades a century ago that exists like a secret wilderness world under the graffiti-laced streets. 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. It linked the railroad's main line to the Hudson River waterfront and, eventually, Manhattan for its 30,000 daily passengers. The passage was finished in 1910 and the last train ran in 1957. Since then, the Bergen Arches has been overlooked and nearly forgotten.
The Bergen Arches Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, 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. Modeling off the success of the rails-to-trails concept, which has been adapted across the United States by turning inactive rail lines into open green space, we have partnered with regional groups that all are promoting their own rails-to-trails projects which all converge at gates of the Bergen Arches.
Following your donation you will receive a signed receipt with all the information needed for your accountant to handle matters as a tax write off. Please email us with any questions.