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Get up to date on the Harsimus Branch and Embankment news and events - then help us write the next chapter!

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Embankment Redevelopment Plan – Community Meeting

Support the Embankment Coalition's "light touch" vision for treatment of the Harsimus Branch Embankment at an upcoming Jersey City Planning Department meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 pm. Register here.

City Planners will be rolling out an Embankment Redevelopment Plan focused on the open space of Blocks 2-8 of the Embankment property from the west side of Manila Avenue to beyond Newark Avenue near the Turnpike Extension. Help ensure that the future for the Embankment is historic preservation, conservation of what has become an ecological corridor, and connectivity of neighborhoods to a regional carbon-free transportation network.

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Climate Change 2021: Challenges and Solutions (4/29, 5/13)

Join the EPC & other civic orgs for Climate Change 2021: Challenges and Solutions. Dr. D. James Baker will explain the challenges 4/29, 7pm and then solutions & what we can do 5/13, 7pm.

Watch the recordings: part 1, part 2.

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Rails to Trails Grant Award

The EPC joins nine other recipients of a 2021 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy grant to advance trails throughout the country. The Harsimus Branch & Embankment will eventually connect with the Essex-Hudson Greenway, which also garnered a grant for its advocates, the NJ Bike&Walk Coalition.

Click here to read more.

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Mayor Steven Fulop was the Featured Speaker at Coalition Annual Members Meeting

The Embankment Coalition and Mayor Fulop gave an update on the Vision and an overview of the terms and status of the possible Settlement

--- Click Here to Watch Recording of the Event ---

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Embankment Neighborhood Cleanup

The Embankment Coalition organized the Harsimus Cove Neighborhood Cleanup in partnership with Ward E Councilman James Solomon and the nonprofits CleanGreenJersey City and Adopt-a-Block.

STB Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment Issued

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is moving ahead with environmental and historic preservation reviews that are part of its federally mandated process when considering a potential permit to abandon a railroad.

The STB will meet (virtually) in October with previously designated consulting parties, including the Coalition, to discuss potential adverse effects on historic assets if an abandonment permit for the Harsimus Branch is granted. This is a step in a process mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). To fulfill obligations under the National Environmental Protection, the STB also issued a Supplementary Environmental Assessment (EA), to which the Coalition will be responding.

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  • Public Movement

Coalition Petition to STB Gets 2,588 Signatures

A petition asking the Surface Transportation Board to carry out its preservation obligations received 2,588 signatures before the Embankment Preservation Coalition closed it.

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Study Group Discussion

Location: Zoom Meeting | Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Study Group Discussion of the Jane Jacobs classic: 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities.'

Proposed Essex-Hudson Greenway in JC

Location: Zoom Meeting | Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Essex & Hudson Counties may acquire nine miles of old rail line for a linear park and trail. Debra Kagan & Lauren Rushing from the NJ Bike & Walk Coalition (NJBWC) will explain the project at a meeting hosted by the Embankment Coalition on Feb 2 at 7pm.

--- Click Here to Join Zoom Event ---

Only Connect! Request a Presentation

The Embankment Preservation Coalition can tailor a presentation to your organization's interests, whether it's Harsimus Branch and Embankment railroad history, our ecological vision for park and trail design, or our advocacy for a trail system throughout the City that would enable every resident to be within ten minutes of a safe, off-road walking and biking trail.

Our work is all about making connections - so, with apologies to E.M. Forster, only connect with us! To request a presentation, email the Coalition with your proposal and, if you can, give us several options for dates and times.

Accessibility / Special Requests

The Embankment Coalition seeks to accommodate at our events people of varied abilities, within the limits of our resources. If you require special accommodations, please contact us at least two weeks in advance of an event at embankmentjc@gmail.com or call 201-963-0232 and leave a message. Please include your contact information and the best ways and times to contact you. Suggestions on how to make our events more accessible are also welcomed! Thank you.