On behalf of AMTRAK / NJ TRANSIT, Radin Consulting, Inc. (RCI) prepared a Categorical Exclusion document in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the Amtrak – High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program.
Potential primary, secondary, short, and long term impacts of the proposed project on environmental resources were assessed by RCI. RCI evaluated impacts in the following areas: land acquisition, zoning, environmental justice, air quality, noise and vibration, ridership, traffic, parking, pedestrian activity, construction, safety, and consistency with local plans. Additionally, RCI coordinated with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, New Jersey Natural Heritage Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and State Historic Preservation Office for data and approvals.
This project includes the development of a high-speed operating segment on a 25-mile portion of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between New Brunswick and Trenton, New Jersey. The Program’s purpose is to increase track speeds and power and signal system reliability, and also involves a frequency converter expansion, new traction power substation, new constant tension catenary with associated structures, and construction of new interlockings, minor track realignments, and bridge and culvert improvements.