The Glassboro-Camden Line (GCL) light-rail project in South New Jersey has achieved a significant project milestone with the completion of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study (EIS).
The EIS, conducted by nationally recognized transportation experts, was a critical phase that carefully reviewed the project’s environmental impacts in the region with feedback from members of the community. The proposed GCL is sponsored by the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), and NJ TRANSIT.
“The GCL project is a vital transportation link for South Jersey, one that is long overdue,” said Jeffrey L. Nash, Camden County commissioner and DRPA vice chairman. “The GCL will serve to reduce our carbon footprint, increase property values for homeowners, spark economic opportunities for businesses, and provide a convenient means of transportation for workers, students, and those who want easy access to the universities, hospitals, and cities.”
The GCL is an 18-mile passenger light rail line that will traverse Gloucester and Camden counties, including the communities of Glassboro, Pitman, Sewell, Mantua Township, Deptford Township, Wenonah, Woodbury Heights, Woodbury, Westville, Brooklawn, Gloucester City, and Camden. The GCL restores passenger rail service in a corridor that historically provided passenger rail service.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) has committed $200 million towards the next phase of the project — preliminary engineering design and project management.