The old Harsimus Branch rail line is now a green corridor to the Hudson River waterfront

Nature has created a park on top of the Embankment blocks

A local architect illustrates the concept of a linear park and greenway along the Embankment

1 of 3


The Harsimus Branch Embankment is a massive, segmented stone structure that runs for six blocks through Downtown Jersey City parallel to Sixth Street.

Part of the once-mighty Pennsylvania Railroad freightway, the historic Embankment played a key role in shaping the Downtown and in the development of the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Embankment is listed on the State Register of Historic Places, is eligible for the National Register, and is a Jersey City Municipal Landmark.

Join Us!

The Embankment Preservation Coalition is working with the City of Jersey City and others to preserve the structure and its longer right of way for a habitat-oriented linear park, part of the East Coast Greenway Maine-to-Florida trail, and for potential light rail. A grassroots initiative, the project depends on active support from citizens. Please




Join us in making this vision a reality.

Calendar of Events

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-3
    This exhibit at Casa Colombo Center for the Arts, 380 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, tells the story of Italian immigration to the Village section of Downtown Jersey City and the growth of the first Italian Roman Catholic parish in New Jersey, Holy Rosary on Sixth Street. Themes explored include the parallel growth of the community, church, and railroads in the Downtown, the effects of local government projects and broader economic and social trends on Village decline, and opportunities for renewed vibrancy.

Coalition News

  • May 24, 2016
    The Surface Transportation Board, the federal agency that will decide the fate of the Harsimus Branch and its National-Register-eligible Embankment, introduced its historic review process to consulting parties here in Jersey City.
  • August 11, 2014
    The Surface Transportation Board today denied a petition by eight LLCs to relitigate Harsimus Branch issues already decided. The Board also reopened abandonment proceedings initiated by Conrail in 2009 and in abeyance while the challenges to the STB's 2007 decision in favor of Jersey City, the Embankment Preservation Coalition, and Rails to Trails Conservancy wended their way through the federal courts.
  • February 19, 2014
    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today affirmed the regulated legal status of the Harsimus Branch and its historic Embankment. The higher court agreed with the September 30, 2013, ruling by the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, that the Harsimus Branch is a rail line subject to Surface Transportation Board (STB) jurisdiction.