HACKENSACK - Nearly 100 people filled a NJ Transit boardroom this morning, to protest a proposed power line project in Monmouth County.
JCP&L is asking NJ transit to grant it an easement along their right-of-way that borders the North Jersey Coast Line. On that small stretch of land, the utility company wants to put up more than 100 massive power poles, reaching up to 200-feet high, carrying high voltage transmission lines that would run alongside NJ Transit tracks from Matawan to Red Bank.
There are nearly 5,000 homes within 1,500 feet of the proposed lines. The poles would also be directly overhead highly traveled NJ Transit trains.
Residents and lawmakers say there are numerous adverse safety health and economic consequences for nearby families. A petition against the project has garnered 6,000 signatures.
NJ Transit board members say they were not satisfied with the lack of information provided by a representative from JCP&L and would need to know more about the $110 million project before it moves forward.