This study examined the infrastructure and operational improvements necessary to modernize the primary rail freight corridor serving Morris and Warren counties, helping it accommodate taller and heavier cars and generate future economic development. The corridor consists of Norfolk Southern’s Washington Secondary Line between Phillipsburg and Hackettstown in Warren County and NJ TRANSIT’s Morristown Line from Hackettstown to Morristown in Morris County.
The study built upon the findings of the previously completed Morris County Freight Infrastructure and Land Use Analysis study, which documented impediments such as low overpasses that limit the height of rail cars and aging bridges that can’t accommodate the 286,000-pound cars that are the current national standard. These limitations minimize the competitive advantage of industries along the corridor and its branch lines, hampering its ability to retain and attract rail-served industries to the region.
This 12-month effort was conducted for NJTPA by a consultant team of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., with Parsons Brinckerhoff, A. Strauss-Wieder Inc., and Atlantic Rail Services, Inc.
For further information on this project, contact Jakub Rowinski, NJTPA Project Manager, at [email protected]