Northern New Jersey — The Open Space Institute, along with the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the September 11th National Memorial Trail, is aware of New Jersey Transit’s recently released Request for Proposals (RFP) linked to their Innovation Challenge, to find innovative transportation solutions for the Meadowlands. This RFP seeks to initiate a study of an alternative transportation system that would be integrated with a portion of the Essex-Hudson Greenway with any system designed for the space expected to be easily converted to operate with zero emissions vehicles that could ultimately be fully autonomous.
Most importantly, the RFP embraces the long-desired Greenway by specifically requiring all submissions to include the recreational/multi-modal trail in their design concepts.
The first priority for OSI and its partners continues to be the acquisition of the former, out-of-use Boonton Line rail property and its subsequent transformation into the Greenway. Beyond this transformation, we realize there may be viable transportation and usage options for part of the Greenway or the adjacent land. We welcome New Jersey Transit’s exploration of such an initiative and look forward to working closely with them. The ultimate goal is to find solutions that serve both the need for enhanced green space and efficient transportation options for communities across the region.