The Portal Bridgehas been in operation since 1910 and runs across the Hackensack River between the cities of Kearny and Secaucus, New Jersey. This rail bridge is a vital part of the Northeast Corridor system, one of the busiest rail corridors in the nation running service between Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. The Portal Bridge Capacity Enhancement Project is being undertaken by Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT. The project aims to improve and increase the capacity of this vital rail crossing. A Preferred Alternative has been selected and the project is currently in the Preliminary Engineering and Design phase.
During the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) acted as lead federal agency, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) were cooperating agencies. On (date) the FRA issued the Record of Decision (ROD) confirming the recommended preferred alternative.