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Port Reading Junction

Project description:
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will address a major chokepoint in the region's rail system by reconfiguring the Port Reading Junction to provide double track train operations between the CSX - West Trenton line and the Norfolk Southern - Lehigh line. This improves the efficiency of current train operations and optimizes the current Lehigh line double tracking project. The Junction project affects rail freight traffic in the Liberty Corridor.

Manville Borough in Somerset County

Transportation modes:
Rail, Ships

The Port Reading Junction's role in the Liberty Corridor:

  • sustains and grows the port's and the region's abilities to move and receive products inland by alleviating a structural chokepoint where New Jersey connects to the rest of the North American rail system.
  • supports New Jersey businesses that use this route to receive ethanol shipments.

Related to economic development, the Port Reading Junction:

  • supports private investment in maritime terminals at Port Newark, Port Elizabeth and the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island.
  • improves service for other rail freight customers in the Liberty Corridor area.

An innovative aspect of the Port Reading Junction is that it optimizes the existing rail system, which connects the Liberty Corridor area to North America by addressing a chokepoint.

Total project cost:
$13.4 million

Funding partnerships:
The Liberty Corridor will provide $5 million, and accelerate the start date of the project's construction. CSX and Norfolk Southern will provide the remaining funding.

Project lead:
New Jersey Department of Transportation

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  Last Updated:  May 5, 2008