New linear park for unused rail line in Essex, Hudson counties?

Proposed 8.6 mile park would start in Montclair and pass through several towns before ending in Jersey City

At a time when outdoor space is at a premium, those living in one of the most congested areas of our state are a step closer to a new green space. Just over eight miles of abandoned railroad tracks are being proposed for repurpose into a “greenway” — a stretch of bike and walking lanes through eight towns in Essex and Hudson counties.

Advocates have been working for a decade to realize the Essex Hudson Greenway, which would start in Montclair, go through Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, Secaucus and end in Jersey City. It’s not quite a done deal but, as Correspondent Leah Mishkin reports, if all goes well it couldn’t come at a better time.