Essex Hudson Greenway

The Murphy Administration has shared the initial development and construction plans for the Essex-Hudson Greenway, a nine mile transit corridor that, when completed, will allow for walking and biking between Montclair and Jersey City.

The first section of the multimillion-dollar project will be focused on a nearly two-mile span through Newark, Essex County, and Kearny, Hudson County.

The Department of Environmental Protection expects to break ground in early 2024, with the first segment anticipated to open to the public in late 2025.

“Connecting communities in one of the most densely populated regions in the nation, the Greenway will serve as nothing short of a game-changer for cities across Essex and Hudson Counties,” said Governor Phil Murphy.

The greenway will be built on the one-hundred foot right-of-way of the former New York and Greenwood Lake Railway beginning in Montclair and running through Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, and Secaucus before terminating in Jersey City.

Local boosters like Rahid Cornejo, Managing Director of the Bergen Arches Preservation Coalition, expect the greenway to ultimately connect to the Bergen Arches and Sixth Street Embankment, creating a regional greenway network that stretches from Montclair to the Hudson River Waterfront.

“Today’s announcement to begin the Greenway’s construction in Newark and Kearny brings us one step closer to making this new state park a reality,” said Commissioner Sean LaTourette last week.

Murphy announced the acquisition of the Greenway in September 2022. Since then, the DEP has been working on the project with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, NJ TRANSIT, and New Jersey Department of Transportation. The initial development and construction of the Greenway will be funded through a combination of state and federal appropriations.