Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) is a passenger rail infrastructure project that would significantly expand transportation access between Manhattan and New Jersey. The centerpiece of ARC is the Access-to-the-Regionconstruction of a new two-track rail tunnel under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York Penn Station. The two existing single-track tunnels are creating a bottleneck on the Northeast Corridor and will reach their capacity limits within the next ten years. Furthermore, the auto-crossings and bus system are already over capacity. The goal of the project is to increase transit capacity and reliability to Midtown Manhattan, improve the distribution and intermodal Midtown connections for rail passengers and sustain and promote regional economic development. NJ TRANSIT, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are sponsoring this effort.
Robinson Aerial Surveys, Inc. (RAS) established primary and aerial ground control, supplemental field survey, ROW survey, obtained new color aerial photography, developed topographic mapping, color digital ortho photos and performed supplemental field edit for the EIS stage of this project. Robinson Aerial Surveys’ budget for this project was $156,000. The project was successfully completed ahead of schedule and on budget.
Additionally, RAS had been contracted to bring the existing EIS level mapping for the Eastern and Western Limits Aerial Photography up to 30 scale standards. RAS provided supplemental aerial photography along the N.E. Corridor in Newark, established ground control and compiled topographic mapping. RAS’ budget for this project was $319,000. The project was successfully completed ahead of schedule and on budget.