A rendering imagines how the abandoned Jersey City railway could be converted into public space. Image by Roman Pohorecki.
Community members in Jersey City are celebrating a step forward toward the preservation of an elevated freight way similar to the High Line. Last Friday, a Federal appeals court ruled that the city and several nonprofit groups do indeed have standing to pursue their contention that Conrail prematurely sold the property for development before obtaining required rail abandonment permission. Federal rail abandonment law provides historic and environmental protections for the public, as well as opportunities for the City to purchase the property at a reasonable price. The decision paves the way for converting the Embankment into public space.