STATEMENT FROM ESSEX-HUDSON GREENWAY COALITION – AUGUST 27, 2021

August 27, 2021 |

The Essex-Hudson Greenway Coalition, comprised of the Open Space Institute, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, and the September
11th National Memorial Trail, is completely supportive of NJ TRANSIT’s recent award for the Innovation Challenge to find creative transportation solutions for the Meadowlands. This alternative transportation system could be integrated within a portion of the proposed Essex-Hudson Greenway and is compatible with the long-desired goal of the Greenway to
create urban transportation solutions and reduce carbon emissions.

The priority for the Coalition remains the acquisition of the former Boonton Line rail property and its subsequent transformation into
the Greenway. 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.

A formal agreement between the Open Space Institute and Norfolk Southern Rail Corporation remains in place. Conversations with the
state of New Jersey regarding the purchase of the property continue.