The old Harsimus Branch rail line is now a green corridor to the Hudson River waterfront

Nature has created a park on top of the Embankment blocks

A local architect illustrates the concept of a linear park and greenway along the Embankment

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The Harsimus Branch Embankment is a massive, segmented stone structure that runs for six blocks through Downtown Jersey City parallel to Sixth Street.

Part of the once-mighty Pennsylvania Railroad freightway, the historic Embankment played a key role in shaping the Downtown and in the development of the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Embankment is listed on the State Register of Historic Places, is eligible for the National Register, and is a Jersey City Municipal Landmark. The longer extant Harsimus Branch right-of-way from Marin Boulevard to Waldo Avenue has also been determined eligible for the State and National Registers.

Join Us!

The Embankment Preservation Coalition is working with the City of Jersey City and others to preserve the structure, its longer Harsimus Branch right of way, and associated historic rail assets for a habitat-oriented linear park, part of the East Coast Greenway Maine-to-Florida trail, and for potential light rail from the Hudson River to Journal Square, or, via the Bergen Arches/Erie Cut, to Secaucus.  The Coalition's Crossroads Committee advocates for a regional trail system linked to the Greenway. A grassroots initiative, the project depends on active support from citizens. Please




Join us in making this vision a reality.


Calendar of Events

  • Monday, October 21, 2019, 7-9 pm
    Mayor Steven Fulop is the featured speaker at our Annual Members Meeting.
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8 am-4 pm
    The Embankment Preservation Coalition will present its "Crossroads" initiative at the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition's 10th Annual Summit, The Conference Center, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, New Jersey. "Crossroads" is an initiative to build out a Hudson County trail system that would connect the Harsimus Branch Embankment, via the East Coast Greenway, with major trails running through the Bergen Arches and with other existing and proposed regional and local trails.
  • Tuesday, March 5, 6:30-8:30
    In a series of Sustainability JC discussions on Green Infrastructure, Embankment Preservation Coalition and Enos Jones Park Association representatives will talk about Coalition efforts since 2004 to bring the East Coast Greenway over the Embankment and through the Bergen Arches, linking it with local and long-distance trails. The presentation is at The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City.

Coalition News

  • May 4, 2019
    The Surface Transportation Board, the federal agency with authority over the Harsimus Branch, is closing Phase 2 of its review of historic resources associated with the Branch, and is expected to open its mitigation of adverse effects phase.
  • October 15, 2018
    The Surface Transportation Board (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) issued an Addendum to its Cultural Resources Identification (CRID) Report on the Harsimus Branch. STB OEA accepts the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office's Opinion that the entire Harsimus Branch, not just the Embankment, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. And OEA launches a third phase of the Board's National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 review.
  • June 4, 2017
    More than 2500 supporters endorsed the Embankment Preservation Coalition online comment to the Surface Transportation Board calling for preservation of the Harsimus Branch.