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

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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

  • Tuesday, August 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
    “A Soil Scientist’s Perspective of Jersey City” will be presented at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, by Dr. Richard Shaw, State Soil Scientist-New Jersey, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The talk is one in a series on Jersey City’s environmental issues and solutions, and is the closing talk associated with summer-long exhibits at the museum.
  • Thursday, June 11 - Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Two exhibits of Rutgers student work on Jersey City infrastructure and landmarks are at the Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, from June 11 to August 27, thanks to the collaboration of local environmental organizations, including the Embankment Preservation Coalition, with Rutgers programs.

Coalition News

  • 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.
  • October 27, 2013
    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it was fitting that this year's Embankment Preservation Coalition Annual Members Meeting featured a talk on designing our cities for more resiliency against climate change, storm surges, and rising sea levels.