About CrossRail


CrossRail Route 1920

 

Contact

You can reach the CrossRail team at info@crossrailnynj.org

 

The CrossRail Proposal

Focused on the 25 miles at the very center of the nation’s most heavily-travelled passenger railroad, NY-NJ CrossRail will create the dynamic mobility that will drive economic success for America’s largest urban area and the economic hub of the Northeast megaregion. CrossRail will transform the NY-NJ metropolitan area by integrating its fragmented rail system and uncoordinated capital programs into a unified region-wide — and region-shaping — system.

  • An expanded central business district beyond Manhattan with new development centers near transit
  • Doubled rail capacity along rail corridor from Newark Airport to Jamaica, Queens
  • Realization of Amtrak’s Gateway program for increased trans-Hudson capacity and replacement of deteriorated infrastructure
  • Rapid transit-like service across the core of the region

CrossRail will create major new economic and urban development opportunities along its entire length and will jumpstart development beyond Manhattan into Queens and Northern New Jersey. These development opportunities can be the source for a significant percentage of the project’s financing by capturing a portion of the value created by CrossRail around more than a dozen stations.

CrossRail is an investment in…

  • A long-term regional growth strategy
  • The global competitiveness of New York
  • The region’s resilience to climate change and extreme events
  • A new system of project finance and delivery for the future

Check out this interview with CrossRail Studio instructor and Regional Plan Association President Emeritus, Bob Yaro

 

The CrossRail Studio Team

Amy Jie Liu, Lanzi Li, Yukari Matsuda, Mengwei Jian, Mazen Chaanine, Frieda Jing Liu, Chen Ju and Ge Zhang, Matt DiScenna, Lex Powers, Brooke Wieczorek, Zach Billet, James T. Lantelme, Eugene Chao, Yexin Ding and Chi Zhang

Bottom row, from left to right: Amy Jie Liu, Lanzi Li, Yukari Matsuda, Mengwei Jian, Mazen Chaanine, Frieda Jing Liu, Chen Ju and Ge Zhang

Top row, from left to right: Matt DiScenna, Lex Powers, Brooke Wieczorek, Zach Billet, James T. Lantelme, Eugene Chao, Yexin Ding and Chi Zhang

 

CrossRail is a production of the NY-NJ CrossRail Studio at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. This studio was convened in Spring 2015 and led by PennDesign Dean Marilyn Taylor and Professor of Practice Bob Yaro. It was comprised of fourteen Master of City Planning students and two Master of Architecture students. This studio is the sixth year of an ongoing research project at PennDesign focusing on the potential for new rail service in the Northeast Corridor to improve the Boston to Washington megaregion’s mobility, quality of life, and economic competitiveness. Previous studios have proposed the creation of Northeast Corridor high-speed rail, investigated the economic benefits of such a system, recommended financing and phasing strategies for these investments, and recommended expansion and redevelopment of New York’s Penn Station and the creation of an overground transit network linking the outer boroughs of New York City.