Study begins to replace key US rail bridge
The US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and New Jersey Transit (NJT) are working with Amtrak to exploe options to replace a railway bridge on the on the heavily congested Northeast Corridor connecting the Newark, New Jersey and New York City metropolitan areas. Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River is almost 100 years old and nearing the end of its projected lifespan. Options under consideration include retaining the existing structure and building a new bridge with two or three additional tracks; modifying the existing bridge to improve its safety and possibly adding a second bridge as well; and removing the Portal Bridge altogether and replacing it. An environmental impact statement will be prepared.