NJ Transit has secured the final environmental permits required to begin work on the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility and County Yard Improvement Project, as the Delaware and Raritan (D&R) Canal Commission granted its approval.
The D&R Canal approval is the last major environmental permit necessary for construction to begin on the secure storage facility that will be capable of storing 400 or more rail cars.
The Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility project, a $370 million project, will advance as a result of a grant awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through FTA’s Emergency Relief Program. It is expected to begin construction in late 2020 and be completed in early 2025.
The project site is situated along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in New Brunswick and North Brunswick, N.J., and alongside the Amtrak-owned County Yard. Currently underutilized, the expansion project aims to allow for a significant increase in rail car storage capability and inspection facilities to ensure cars and engines can be returned to safe service quickly following a major weather event.
“NJ Transit remains committed to advancing important capital projects like the Delco Lead Storage and Inspection Facility,” said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett. “Securing this final permit puts us one step closer to safely storing, inspecting and servicing trains before, during and after an extreme weather event. This will enable customers to get back to business sooner and reduce the impact on regional economic productivity.”