Yes this is a done deal.
Take a quick look at Fulop's tweets on the matter.Source
Please note that Fulop refers to Newport (LeFrak) pushing for the added lane.
Strange that he knows so little because, as councilman in 2009, he proposed an identical plan.
Excerpts from Hudson Reporter article dated June 7th 2009.1 - "Downtown City Councilman Steven Fulop has tried to heed the complaints of his constituents on mitigating the increase of vehicles detouring past their homes.
He has also considered and pushed for various initiatives to take automobiles off those one-way streets.
One of the most significant ones he would like to see is a proposed N.J. Turnpike extension or traffic separator down 11th Street in downtown Jersey City linking to the ramp on Jersey Avenue to Newport and the waterfront. This separator would take traffic off the road going to the Holland Tunnel to ease congestion.
“Hopefully, we will have a report back from the Turnpike this summer,” Fulop said. “In five years, we think they will build something that will benefit the residents.”"
2 - "According to Turnpike Authority counts of traffic traveling that route daily to New York during rush hour in 2008, there were 20,300 cars Manhattan bound and 14,700 New Jersey bound (Jersey City waterfront and other local destinations). Also, the Turnpike Authority found in the same traffic counts that 3,400 Manhattan bound cars get off at the 14C – Montgomery Street exit to make a nearly one-mile trip through Downtown as a “back door” entry to the Holland Tunnel. And 13,600 cars exit at Montgomery Street to go to the waterfront and other nearby locales."
3 - "Interested in seeing the separator become a reality is Jamie LeFrak, one of the principals of the Newport Associates Development Company, the builders of Newport and other residential housing in downtown Jersey City:
“From our perspective as the largest owner of homes in Hamilton Park (the Lincoln and Roosevelt apartment buildings), the separator would reduce the number of cars which use the Hamilton Park neighborhood as a back door to the Holland Tunnel and the Waterfront, thus reducing traffic impacts in a residential neighborhood which was never designed to handle the number of dangerous cars which pass through.”"Source
A few months prior to this article, March 10th 2009, Fulop actually gave a presentation to the Village Neighborhood Association touting "the benefits" it could have for The Village.Source
Worth noting here that the reference to the NJTPA as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is incorrect (that's the NJTA). The NJTPA is the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
Here's a few highlights from Fulop's presentation.
Please note the source - "Raymond Keyes Traffic Study for Jersey City waterfront development EIS 1983"
LeFrak began developing Newport in 1986
Please note here that the source is NJTPA 2009 traffic demand model.
Also note these are the same statistics used in my second excerpt from the Hudson Reporter article posted above.Source
Now let's take a look at some highlights from the current 2018 proposal on the New Jersey Commuters Alliance site.
Note all sources and statistics are the same as Fulop's 2009 proposal.Source
So I would say that Fulop would have a very good idea who the specific entity is behind this, it would be the same one he was pimping for in 2009.
Further confirmation of NJTPAs involvement -
Note "...vehicular access to the Hudson County Waterfront"Source
There is another reason Fulop should know more than he is saying.
In 2013 he was actually elected to the NJTPA's board of trustees and is specifically on their Planning and Economic Development Committee. This appears to be automatic as Healy was on the board before him which, is almost entirely made of Mayors, Freeholders, County Executives and NJT and NJTA officials.
So, it looks like the big boys have this one in the bag.
On the hope front I have some good and bad news.
The good news is that of the 20 NJPTA board members, there is one ordinary member, one who is neither a politician nor a transportation official. He is termed the citizen's representative
, he is there to represent us ordinary folk and he also happens to be on the Planning and Economic Development Committee.
The bad news is it's Jaime LeFrak.Source