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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Welcome!

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.

Join Us!

The Embankment Preservation Coalition is working with the City of Jersey City and others to preserve the structure and its longer right of way for a habitat-oriented linear park, part of the East Coast Greenway Maine-to-Florida trail, and for potential light rail. A grassroots initiative, the project depends on active support from citizens. Please

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Join us in making this vision a reality.

Calendar of Events

  • Sunday, September 21, 2014
    Hundreds of organizations will be participating in what they hope will be the biggest march on record in support of worldwide action on climate change. If you would like to add your voice to this call to action please save this date. More information will follow closer to the event.
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
    The Hudson County History Fair, first presented in 2010, is back at a bigger venue and with more activities this year.
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1-3pm
    St. Anthony of Padua Church Sanctuary, 457 Monmouth Street (near 6th), Jersey City. "The History, Architecture, and Art of St. Anthony of Padua." Ulana Zakalak, principal of Zakalak Restoration Arts, will speak about St. Anthony of Padua, the National Register of Historic Places landmark that is located diagonally from the Embankment and was built roughly contemporaneously with it. A social hour will follow with the Embankment Preservation Coalition.

Coalition News

  • August 11, 2014
    The Surface Transportation Board today denied a petition by eight LLCs to relitigate Harsimus Branch issues already decided. The Board also reopened abandonment proceedings initiated by Conrail in 2009 and in abeyance while the challenges to the STB's 2007 decision in favor of Jersey City, the Embankment Preservation Coalition, and Rails to Trails Conservancy wended their way through the federal courts.
  • February 19, 2014
    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today affirmed the regulated legal status of the Harsimus Branch and its historic Embankment. The higher court agreed with the September 30, 2013, ruling by the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, that the Harsimus Branch is a rail line subject to Surface Transportation Board (STB) jurisdiction.
  • October 27, 2013
    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it was fitting that this year's Embankment Preservation Coalition Annual Members Meeting featured a talk on designing our cities for more resiliency against climate change, storm surges, and rising sea levels.