NJ Transit pedestrian bridge now open!

9/8/2009 Update:

Jersey City Walkway Now Open!

For those of you that have been patiently waiting for the new waterfront walkway connecting the Lackawanna Train Terminal in Hoboken to the Newport area in Jersey City – your wait is now over.

The pathway quietly opened today – and Hoboken411 gives you an exclusive photo tour from start to finish. Come with me and the 411 Mascot Oscar as we walked the walk (and went around on the way back). About 40 (cloudy day) photos total.

I had a chance to speak with a few walkers – and a couple were thrilled, because they worked in the Newport area and took the train home, so this was a welcome relief to taking another form of transportation. Others weren’t too impressed, and said it won’t be used much. The path had about a dozen informative and historical signs to read along the way (t-minus 30 days before graffiti appears on them), but only had about half a dozen benches to sit on. They need more.

Will you use the walkway?

SEE PREVIOUS UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…

7/7/2009 Update:

Coming right up: More waterfront walkway!

The NJ Transit walkway at the southern end of the Lackawanna Train Terminal is nearing completion!

Hoboken / Jersey City will now have some of the best waterfront pedestrian amenities in the state of NJ!

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See all sorts of updates going back a couple years below!

4/9/2009 Update:

Another “link” in the 18.5 mile pedestrian walkway between Bayonne and Fort Lee is set to be complete this summer.

But will YOU use it?

The Long Slip Pedestrian Bridge is a 175 foot walkway that will connect the Newport area of Jersey City and the Lackawanna train terminal. NJ Transit’s $6.4 million dollar project should be completed by June or July of this year.

While it’s great to have an alternative to getting to Newport other than Henderson Street – it may be significantly out of the way for most Hoboken residents to use. People living on the west side would likely take Henderson Street – or the light rail itself to visit Jersey City.

On the other hand, this bridge may be good for some local businesses, as it opens up a direct route for Newport high-rise condo owners into Hoboken. I’ll check it out, but purely for sight-seeing purposes.

Continue reading previous updates dating back to 2007 below…

2/11/2008 Update:

It was too cold for the VIP’s to have their groundbreaking outside, so it was moved inside for their comfort.

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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON LONG SLIP PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE BETWEEN HOBOKEN TERMINAL AND NEWPORT
Groundbreaking advances the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles joined Hoboken Mayor David Roberts and Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy today to break ground on a project that will provide a pedestrian link between Jersey City and Hoboken, completing a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

When completed, the pedestrian bridge will span the Long Slip Canal to connect the nearby Newport section of Jersey City with Hoboken Terminal, providing pedestrians with a direct path to light rail, commuter rail, bus, PATH and ferry services.

“I am pleased to have secured federal funding for a project that will link two of New Jersey’s thriving Waterfront communities, bridging a crucial gap in the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway,” said Senator Menendez. “The Long Slip pedestrian bridge will provide local residents with a convenient, environmentally-friendly means of accessing the multitude of mass transit options available at Hoboken Terminal.”

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“The Hudson County Waterfront Walkway offers non-vehicular access to NJ TRANSIT and trans-Hudson services at Hoboken Terminal, turning recreational activities such as walking and biking into practical modes of transportation,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. “Construction of the Long Slip pedestrian bridge will integrate the Waterfront Walkway into this multimodal transportation network.”

The 175-foot-long, 30-foot-wide bridge will feature lighting, railings and signage, as well as a surface of brick pavers to match the existing Waterfront Walkway that it will connect to at the Hoboken Terminal light rail station. It will be constructed of pre-cast and cast-in-place reinforced concrete.

NJ TRANSIT’s portion of the Waterfront Walkway will link to a new temporary walkway connecting the Long Slip pedestrian bridge to the Newport section of Jersey City. The temporary walkway will be constructed by the Newport Associates Development Company, the developers of Newport, and will be completed in advance of the pedestrian bridge.

“With the completion of this critical link in the development of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, residents of Waterfront communities will be able to access employment, education and recreation centers without getting into a car,” said Congressman Albio Sires.

“The Long Slip pedestrian bridge will offer ready access to the transportation options at Hoboken Terminal, extending the reach of public transportation for local residents,” said State Senator Brian Stack.

“We look forward to this project opening up new travel opportunities for many residents, with convenient pedestrian access to and from our bus, rail and light rail services,” said Sarles. “We thank Senator Menendez for his support in securing the necessary funding, as well as Governor Corzine for replenishing the Transportation Trust Fund, which was used to fund this project.”

“This is an exciting day for residents of Hudson County, as today’s groundbreaking marks the start of a project that is essential to completing the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway,” said Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise.

“With convenient access to Hoboken from other Waterfront communities, the new pedestrian bridge will provide us another means of sharing all that the City has to offer, both as a transportation hub and a center for recreation, shopping and nightlife,” said Mayor Roberts.

“This project will bridge the gap between two vibrant cities, providing easy access to Hoboken for our Newport area residents and enabling us to welcome visitors from Hoboken and beyond that will have easy pedestrian access to our community,” said Mayor Healy.

“Construction of the Long Slip pedestrian bridge is instrumental in Governor Corzine’s renewed commitment for the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway,” said Lisa P. Jackson, Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection. “As part of this larger project, this bridge will help to reconnect residents with their communities by providing public access to outdoor recreation along the waterfront and the most environmentally-sound means of accessing mass transit options.”

In September 2007, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors awarded a $6.4 million contract to Simpson & Brown, Inc., of West Cranford, NJ, for the construction of a pedestrian bridge spanning the east end of the Long Slip Canal adjacent to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at Hoboken Terminal.

Construction of the Long Slip pedestrian bridge is expected to be completed in spring 2009.

2/8/2008:

This Monday, officials will polish their shovels and look like they’re doing work.

OFFICIALS TO BREAK GROUND ON LONG SLIP PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE BETWEEN HOBOKEN TERMINAL AND NEWPORT
Project will advance the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles will join elected officials at Hoboken Terminal to break ground on the future Long Slip pedestrian bridge, which will span the Long Slip Canal to connect the nearby Newport section of Jersey City with Hoboken Terminal, providing pedestrians with a direct path to light rail, commuter rail, bus, PATH and ferry services.

The Long Slip pedestrian bridge will complete a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, which currently extends along nearly 15 miles in Hudson County to provide a contiguous walkway system of parks, piers and open space along the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay waterfronts.

  • WHO: U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, Jr., Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, Hoboken Mayor David Roberts, NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles
  • WHAT: Long Slip Pedestrian Bridge groundbreaking ceremony
  • WHEN: Monday, February 11, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Hoboken Terminal – Long Slip adjacent to light rail station

9/10/2007:

Long Slip Pedestrian Bridge coming to Hoboken

Project will advance the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Residents of Jersey City, Hoboken and other Hudson County Waterfront communities will benefit from a project approved today by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors that will complete a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

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The Board awarded a $6.4 million contract to Simpson & Brown, Inc., of West Cranford, NJ, for the construction of a pedestrian bridge spanning the east end of the Long Slip Canal adjacent to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at Hoboken Terminal.

“The Long Slip pedestrian bridge is a critical link in the development of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, offering ready access to the transportation options at Hoboken Terminal,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine. “Construction of the bridge will provide residents of Waterfront communities with access to employment, education and recreation centers without the need to get into a car.”

“I am proud to have worked to garner federal funding to make several stretches of this walkway a reality. This is a key connection between two thriving Waterfront cities—one that will further extend the reach of public transportation options for local residents,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. “I look forward to the completion of this crucial segment of the Waterfront Walkway and the benefits it will bring to New Jersey.”

“By building the Long Slip bridge, we will integrate the Waterfront Walkway into our multimodal transportation network,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. “With the Walkway offering non-vehicular access to NJ TRANSIT and trans-Hudson services at Hoboken Terminal, walking, biking and other recreational activities can become viable modes of transportation.”

The bridge will connect the nearby Newport section of Jersey City with Hoboken Terminal, providing pedestrians with a direct path to light rail, commuter rail, bus, PATH and ferry services.

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“The new pedestrian bridge will provide convenient access from other Waterfront communities to all that the City of Hoboken has to offer—both as a transportation hub and a center for recreation, shopping and nightlife,” said Hoboken Mayor David Roberts.

“We look forward to this project bridging the gap for our Newport area residents who will be able to walk to Hoboken, and we equally welcome the visitors from Hoboken and beyond that will have easy pedestrian access to our vibrant community,” said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy.

“Thanks to Senator Menendez’s support, we have funding for a project that is essential to completing the Waterfront Walkway on the south side of Hoboken Terminal,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “Convenient pedestrian access to and from our bus, rail and light rail services will open up new travel opportunities for many residents.”

NJ TRANSIT’s portion of the Waterfront Walkway will link to a new temporary walkway connecting the Long Slip pedestrian bridge to the Newport section of Jersey City. The temporary walkway will be constructed by the LeFrak Organization, the developers of Newport, and will be completed in advance of the pedestrian bridge.
Construction of the bridge will begin later this fall, with completion expected in spring 2009.

About the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway currently extends along nearly 15 miles in Hudson County and encompasses state, county and municipal parks. Once complete, it will provide a contiguous 18.5 mile linear walkway system of parks, piers and open space along the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay waterfront, extending from the George Washington Bridge to the Bayonne Bridge.

153 Responses

  1. LttlMichey says:

    We were actually planning to use this over the weekend, but didn’t realize that they put up the signs before it was actually completed. Of course, knowing the way things work, we weren’t really surprised. Still, I’m looking forward to when it actually opens!

  2. JCJoe says:

    The last bit of fencing was put in a few days ago. I don’t know what else they need to do to open this up, but it looks done to me.

  3. JCJoe says:

    Looks like the wind opened up the Hoboken side of the bridge, but the Newport walkway has a locked gate so you still can’t get through.

  4. JCJoe says:

    Now the latest word is “sometime” in September. But thats not the worst of it. Seems Lefrak doesn’t want people to actually use it, so “Newport” have posted signs saying it will only be open from 6 am to 9 pm in summer, and 6 am to 7 pm in winter. So if you work late, or want to go to Hoboken for dinner, you will have to call a cab to get home. Hows that for a nice big LeFruck you?

  5. MF says:

    who is this Lefrak fellow and why does he wield power over this matter?

    • KenOn10 says:

      And, while we’re at it, is his name pronounced “LEF rak” or “le FRAK”? Just asking…

      In response to MF who said:

      who is this Lefrak fellow and why does he wield power over this matter?

      • JCJoe says:

        LeFrak is a real estate family empire that owns all of the Newport developments, along with many others in the region. The father built the empire on ugly but functional working class housing, but the sons have used Newport to expand into luxury condos. They were the first on the JC waterfront back when it was just an industrial wasteland, so kudos to them for seeing the diamond in the rough. I always heard it as LEFrak growing up in the NY, but someone in JC told me they went by the more frenchy Le FRAK.

        In response to KenOn10 who said:

        And, while we’re at it, is his name pronounced “LEF rak” or “le FRAK”? Just asking…

  6. mcspacebar says:

    What the heck is going on with this project?
    I think the construction guys are milking it for all it’s worth.
    Very lame! throw their asses in the river and hire some other monkees to finish the project.

  7. midtownauthentic says:

    Not sure if I saw pictures correctly but along hte water in some places I did not see a fence or a railing. Those of you that will use this pedestrian walkway to go home after getting hammered in Hoboken or vice versa, better be careful where ya step!!!!

  8. YipYap says:

    I rode my bike down there yesterday, gate was locked and will be locked every night it seems. There was a sign there about hours 6am to 9PM, and shorter hours seasonally.

    I do like the new landscaped sitting area by the light rail, nice view and clean so far, except for the strange fat dude sitting there staring into oblivion holding a 1/4 chain wrapped around his fist. :!

    • JJB says:

      Ut oh sounds like trouble with that guy. I cannot wait to take the walkway to the beergarden.

      In response to YipYap who said:

      I rode my bike down there yesterday, gate was locked and will be locked every night it seems. There was a sign there about hours 6am to 9PM, and shorter hours seasonally.

      I do like the new landscaped sitting area by the light rail, nice view and clean so far, except for the strange fat dude sitting there staring into oblivion holding a 1/4 chain wrapped around his fist. :!

  9. Biffy B For Mayor says:

    Wait Wait Wait Wait…if they can show me another area of this walkway that is closed at night fine…if not….it should stay open 24 – 7

    • midtownauthentic says:

      keep it open 24-7!!!! If whoever made the rules is reading this, partial hours will not suffice. Just place tinted glass booths along the way with the verbiage “POLICE” on exterior, and nobody will be messed with regardless if there is an officer inside or not. Nobody likes cab sharing drunk at 2am with 2 other drunken fools with a cab driver that sells oregano as pot!!!!

      In response to Biffy B For Mayor who said:

      Wait Wait Wait Wait…if they can show me another area of this walkway that is closed at night fine…if not….it should stay open 24 – 7

  10. mooshu says:

    This is GREAT news. Nice photos!

    Now all we need to do is finish up the walkway leading to Weehawken and we’ll be all set :).

  11. plywood says:

    Hopefully no has an issue with covering the expense to police this area all night or to settle civil suits for “attractive hazard”.

    • matt_72 says:

      What, you worried about someone jumping in the river? I say let them float down to the next town and let them deal w/ the issue of saving them (kidding). In all seriousness, my old school used to have these pillars all over campus w/ an emergency button and blue light on top you could see from anywhere on campus. Each pillar also had a camera & communication system (speaker phone?) and as soon as the emergency button was pushed it opened up a line to the PD and officers were dispatched to that location. Maybe put a few on the walkway?

      In response to plywood who said:

      Hopefully no has an issue with covering the expense to police this area all night or to settle civil suits for “attractive hazard”.

      • plywood says:

        I envy your optimism. I can’t believe the response time is short enough with such a system as you suggest. I hope I am wrong, but my cynical side says without a beat cop on this bridge the first time an armed robbery goes sideways on this walkway the perp is getting away with the $ and you and I are sending the dead victim’s kids to college.

        In response to matt_72 who said:

        What, you worried about someone jumping in the river? I say let them float down to the next town and let them deal w/ the issue of saving them (kidding). In all seriousness, my old school used to have these pillars all over campus w/ an emergency button and blue light on top you could see from anywhere on campus. Each pillar also had a camera & communication system (speaker phone?) and as soon as the emergency button was pushed it opened up a line to the PD and officers were dispatched to that location. Maybe put a few on the walkway?

      • midtownauthentic says:

        i have to respond here, NYC has bike, run, skip, jump paths up each river and i’ve never read, seen on tv or heard of anyone ever being robbed, so why auto think this will happen here?

        In response to plywood who said:

        I envy your optimism. I can’t believe the response time is short enough with such a system as you suggest. I hope I am wrong, but my cynical side says without a beat cop on this bridge the first time an armed robbery goes sideways on this walkway the perp is getting away with the $ and you and I are sending the dead victim’s kids to college.

      • plywood says:

        A desolate area has been created it seems, by LeFrak and NJT. Are you covering the bets or just overposting?

        In response to midtownauthentic who said:

        i have to respond here, NYC has bike, run, skip, jump paths up each river and i’ve never read, seen on tv or heard of anyone ever being robbed, so why auto think this will happen here?

  12. plywood says:

    Can’t we at least hold out for an 11PM close in the summer, 9 PM in the winter? I guess they want it closed not long after dark to hold the BS to a minimum.

  13. homeworld says:

    I tried to use it today, and the gate was locked.

  14. homeworld says:

    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/cmp/czm_hudson.html

    “Under the Coastal Zone Management rules, each new development or redevelopment project in the area is required to construct and maintain a segment of the Walkway “coincident with the shoreline of the development” according to established design guidelines and standards. The rules require that 24-hour public access be provided for recreational use of the walkway.

  15. midtownauthentic says:

    Please Jon Corzine, if you read this, please please please build a pedestrian tunnel from Hoboken to NYC!! Line it with shoppes and a starbucks so that us hoboken folk may walk to nyc, or bike or rollerblade there

    • matt_72 says:

      I’d rather Corzine just halt all financial support to the municipalities and force all these itsy bitsy postage stamp sized towns to dissolve and merge so we can get rid of all that excess overhead. But we all know no matter who wins that will happen when hell freezes over…….

      In response to midtownauthentic who said:

      Please Jon Corzine, if you read this, please please please build a pedestrian tunnel from Hoboken to NYC!! Line it with shoppes and a starbucks so that us hoboken folk may walk to nyc, or bike or rollerblade there

      • midtownauthentic says:

        county sheriff vs 224 cops makes sense

        In response to matt_72 who said:

        I’d rather Corzine just halt all financial support to the municipalities and force all these itsy bitsy postage stamp sized towns to dissolve and merge so we can get rid of all that excess overhead. But we all know no matter who wins that will happen when hell freezes over…….

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