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No 7 Extension Executive Committee Item - Final Draft_ (2)

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NO. 7 LINE EXTENSION TO SECAUCUS:CONSULTANT SERVICESExecutive Committee MeetingFebruary 2, 2011Project
: Conduct study to assess the feasibility of extending the MetropolitanTransportation Authority-New York City Transit’s No. 7 Subway Line (“No. 7 Line”) tothe Frank R. Lautenberg Station (the “Lautenberg Station”) in Secaucus, New Jersey
Contractor
: PB Americas, Inc. (“PB”)
Agreement to be Approved
: A contract with PB (the “PB Contract”) for the provisionof Project services
Amount to be Approved
: Up to $250,000
Source of Funds:
NYCEDC’s programmatic budget
Proposed Resolution
: To authorize the President and any empowered officer to enterinto the PB Contract, substantially as described herein
Background
: Changes in regional population distribution coupled with job growth bothin and around Manhattan over the past two decades has led to an increase in trans-Hudson commuting. The increase in commuter density has outpaced trans-Hudsontransportation capacity, resulting in congestion on cross-Hudson bridges, tunnels andrailways. Railways are especially impacted; NJ TRANSIT’s rail ridership hasquadrupled since the mid-1980s. This situation affects the quality of life for residentsand commuters and threatens the economic prosperity of both New York and NewJersey.In 1995 the State of New Jersey initiated the “Access to the Region’s Core” (“ARC”)project to study ways to increase trans-Hudson transportation capacity. A MajorInvestment Study was conducted and resulted in a proposal for the construction of twonew trans-Hudson rail tunnels, also known as the Trans-Hudson Express ARC Tunnelproject (the “ARC Tunnel Project”). The ARC Tunnel Project was expected to doublethe rail capacity between New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan. It would haveconnected the Lautenberg Station to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan.Between 2003 and 2009, the ARC Tunnel Project underwent an extensiveenvironmental review process that included the preparation of a Draft EnvironmentalImpact Statement, a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement and a FinalEnvironmental Impact Statement (the “FEIS”). The FEIS review was completed in 2009and the groundbreaking was held in June 2009. However, the State of New Jerseyterminated the ARC Tunnel Project in October 2010 due to budget concerns.

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