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    New Jersey Transit already operates in other states as well. Some lines terminate at New York's Penn Station, and the Atlantic City line operates out of Philadelphia. Why is there no link from Trenton to Philadelphia?

    What an inconvenience that makes of trips like Philadelphia-Princeton; you have to change trains and providers in Trenton and you have to buy a second ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    Why is there no link from Trenton to Philadelphia?
    Because there is Amtrak, the River Line, and SEPTA regional, so probably due to redundancy. I know what you're saying though, it is inconvenient to keep switching trains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYatKNIGHT View Post
    it is inconvenient to keep switching trains.
    ...plus their schedules aren't co-ordinated. Cool heels.

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    Actually, the schedules between the NJT and SEPTA R7 ARE coordinated

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    Angry Are you serious?!?!

    Club opposes rails to Pa.

    Monday, March 12, 2007
    NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE

    The Sierra Club's New Jersey chapter has formally opposed NJ Transit's $551 million plan to revive commuter rails between Hoboken and Scranton, Pa., saying it will promote "sprawl and overdevelopment" in rural areas.

    The plan calls for a 133-mile passenger line between Hoboken and Scranton via restoring the cutoff, a 28-mile rail bed from Lake Hopatcong in Morris County to the Delaware Water Gap in Warren County.

    The goal of the plan is to create a mass transit commuting alternative in fast-growing northwest New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania. Advocates see it as necessary to remove cars from congested Route 80 in New Jersey, but opponents say it would mean only more development and traffic.

    "We believe that this project will not enhance mass transit, but that its real intention is to promote sprawl and overdevelopment in environmentally sensitive and rural areas," New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said. "We believe that NJ Transit's time and money should not be subsidizing sprawl in the Poconos."

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    that sounds really wrong....

    roads promote sprawling, a rail line will keep development close to its stations.

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    Backwards logic much? Watch them throw millions of dollars in the next few monthes into a new project to expand I-80

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    I hope not. This rail line must get rebuilt! I usually agree with the Sierra people but this is just ass backwards.

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    That train would pass through some bucolic swathes that would be hurt even by transit-oriented development. Imo Sierra is right.

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    Yes, there would need to be some laws instated to protect lands, but other press releases seem to have pointed towards the Sierra Club's APPROVAL of expanding I-80!

    And even without either project, the development will continue. It's now a matter of which option will be the less detrimental to the environment. I say rail by a long shot

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    NEW RAIL, BUS TIMETABLES TAKE EFFECT NEXT WEEKEND

    Bus schedules change March 31; train schedules change April 1
    March 21, 2007
    NJT-07-022
    Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

    NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will make minor adjustments to rail and bus schedules next weekend to improve on-time performance, respond to changes in ridership demand and better serve customer needs. New bus schedules will take effect March 31; new rail schedules will take effect April 1.

    Customers are encouraged to review rail and bus timetables, which are available at customer service offices, online at www.njtransit.com or by calling 1-800-772-2222.


    Rail schedule highlights (effective April 1, 2007)


    Northeast Corridor

    To provide better spacing between trains and improved service for local customers, train times will change on trains 3814 and 3704 for station stops between Trenton and Jersey Avenue. Customers between New Brunswick and New York will be unaffected by this change.
    Minor adjustments will be made to several trains to improve on-time performance and connections.
    North Jersey Coast Line


    Minor adjustments will be made to several train times to improve on-time performance and connections.
    Weekend/holiday service to Monmouth Park will begin on Saturday, May 12. Only weekend trains will only make stops at the Monmouth Park station until Friday, June 1, when daily service begins.
    Raritan Valley Line


    Minor adjustments of one to two minutes will be made to all trains to accommodate bridge repair work.
    Morris & Essex Lines


    Trains 344 and 339 will be extended from Summit to Murray Hill and be renumbered as 466 and 467, respectively.
    Stops will be changed on trains 427, 879, 6431 and 6647 between New York and Summit.
    Minor adjustments will be made to several trains to improve on-time performance and connections.
    Montclair-Boonton Line


    Minor adjustments will be made to several trains to improve on-time performance and connections.
    Main Line/Bergen County Line


    Several trains will operate two to three minutes later to improve on-time performance and connections.
    Pascack Valley Line


    Train 1604 will depart Spring Valley four minutes earlier and will arrive in Hoboken two minutes earlier.
    Train 1610 will add a stop at Westwood at 7:19 a.m., closing a 37-minute gap in service.
    Minor adjustments will be made to several other trains to improve on-time performance and connections.
    Atlantic City Line


    Several afternoon and early evening trains will be adjusted to coordinate with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service.
    Trains 4662 and 4663 will operate between Atlantic City and Philadelphia on July 4 (early July 5) as an additional late night round trip.
    Bus schedule highlights by county (effective March 31, 2007)

    Bergen County


    161 Paterson-Passaic-New York: An additional AM peak trip will operate via Commerce Boulevard in Carlstadt.
    Camden County


    318 Philadelphia-Camden-Six Flags Great Adventure: Weekend service to the park for the 2007 season will begin on Saturday, April 7.
    453 Camden-Ferry Avenue-PATCO: The route will be adjusted to operate via Antioch Manor on Van Buren Street at Ferry Avenue and Ferry Manor on Davis Street at Ferry Avenue.
    Essex County


    195 Willowbrook-Cedar Grove-New York: Minor weekday schedule adjustments will be made between Cedar Grove and Little Falls.
    308 New York-Newark-Six Flags Great Adventure: Service to the park for the 2007 season will begin when the park opens on Monday, April 2.
    Hudson County


    82 Hudson: New weekday afternoon schedule to improve on-time performance.
    85 Hoboken-Harmon Meadow-Mill Creek: New weekday schedule to improve on-time performance.
    Middlesex County


    817 Perth Amboy-Campbell’s Junction: Buses will operate over a detour route in Union Beach due to the closure of the Union Avenue bridge for construction.
    Monmouth County


    307 Freehold-Six Flags Great Adventure: Service to the park for the 2007 season will begin when the park opens on Monday, April 2.
    817 Perth Amboy-Campbell’s Junction: Buses will operate over a detour route in Union Beach due to the closure of the Union Avenue bridge for construction.
    833 Red Bank-Freehold: Buses will no longer serve the Monmouth County Social Services Complex in Freehold Township due to low ridership.
    Ocean County


    307 Freehold-Six Flags Great Adventure: Service to the park for the 2007 season will begin when the park opens on Monday, April 2.
    308 New York-Newark-Six Flags Great Adventure: Service to the park for the 2007 season will begin when the park opens on Monday, April 2.
    318 Philadelphia-Camden-Six Flags Great Adventure: Weekend service to the park for the 2007 season will begin on Saturday, April 7.
    Passaic County


    161 Paterson-Passaic-New York: An additional AM peak trip will operate via Commerce Boulevard in Carlstadt.
    195 Willowbrook-Cedar Grove-New York: Minor weekday schedule adjustments will be made between Cedar Grove and Little Falls.
    197 Warwick-Wayne-New York: A weekday schedule adjustment will be made for trips operating to and from the William Paterson University Business School on Valley Road.
    Bus holiday service note

    Customers are reminded to consult the holiday service guide in bus timetables or online at www.njtransit.com for service levels on Good Friday, April 6, 2007.

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    Thumbs up Passiac-Bergen Rail Plan

    PASSAIC-BERGEN RAIL PLAN ADVANCES
    NJT Board amends contract to cover final design expenses


    April 18, 2007
    NJT-07-020

    NEWARK, NJ – The plan to provide a new passenger rail service link between downtown Hackensack and the Main Line Station in Hawthorne moved ahead today with the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approving funds for the project’s final design.

    The project will introduce FRA-compliant Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) technology into the NJ TRANSIT fleet of rail equipment and will provide new passenger service along more than eight miles of existing freight track.

    "I am pleased to see steady progress in this project, which will provide new and efficient travel options to the residents who live along this corridor," said Rep. Bill Pascrell. "I expect the service to promote economic growth."

    The amendment approved today authorizes the expenditure of $5.7 million to fund final design, creation of an operating plan and preparation of bid documents. The Passaic County Board of Freeholders also has pledged their financial support of the project.

    Customers will be served by up to nine stations along the alignment and will be able to make convenient transfers between Main Line and Passaic-Bergen trains in Hawthorne, as well as NJ TRANSIT buses that serve Hawthorne Station.

    "The project leverages existing infrastructure to provide a new way for people to get to work in a very congested area of the state," said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri.

    "We envision this project as the first increment in fulfilling a need for east-west passenger rail service along the existing New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad right-of-way," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. "Hackensack-to- Hawthorne is where this cross-county service will start, thanks to Congressman Bill Pascrell’s unwavering support and leadership."

    The Passaic-Bergen line will provide a walk-on connection to the Main Line and offers the possibility for future connections to the Bergen County and Pascack Valley commuter rail lines.

    Project elements include a park & ride facility and up to nine stations, with construction expected to start in 2008 and be completed in 2010. The $156 million project will be funded through federal and state sources. The FRA has approved a grant for the vehicles.

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    Thumbs up For all Middlesex County People...

    CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON A NEW METROPARK STATION
    $47 million project to deliver comfort and convenience for thousands who use busy Northeast Corridor stationp


    April 23, 2007
    NJT-07-032
    Contact: Public Information 973 491-7078

    ISELIN, NJ – New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles broke ground today on a $47 million project to rebuild Metropark Station on the Northeast Corridor.

    Originally designed as a suburban stop for Amtrak Metroliner trains, Metropark became New Jersey’s first “park and ride” station when it opened on November 11, 1971. The station quickly became a model of a “regional interceptor,” a station located near a major highway, providing adequate parking and convenient train options for rail travelers. Today, Metropark is the busiest outlying (non-terminal) station in the NJ TRANSIT commuter rail network, accommodating four million passenger trips each year—14,200 NJ TRANSIT customers and 1,000 Amtrak customers each weekday.

    Over the next three years, NJ TRANSIT will rebuild the station to accommodate higher ridership. The project scope includes new wider and longer covered platforms to accommodate trains up to 12-cars long, new climate-controlled shelters for customer comfort, an expanded station building and new public address and train information systems.

    “We fight hard in Washington to ensure New Jersey train travelers have modern, comfortable stations that make their daily commute or longer-distance train trip enjoyable,” said Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. “People in New Jersey deserve the best public transportation and this project will improve a premier system.”

    “This investment is important on several levels,” said Sen. Robert Menendez. “Public transportation improves the quality of life for our residents, keeps our economy growing and it strikes a blow against global warming.”

    Work on the platforms, station building and other components will be conducted in phases to allow the station to remain open to minimize inconvenience to customers. Crews will be deployed along tracks to keep workers safe at the station, where 106 NJ TRANSIT trains and another 47 Amtrak trains stop or pass through each weekday. Project elements include:

    New longer, wider platforms able to accommodate 12-car trains

    Heated and air-conditioned platform shelters

    Expanded station building with a second vendor space and larger waiting room

    New pedestrian link from Route 27 to the westbound station platform to provide safer, more convenient access for area residents

    New canopies extended farther along each platform

    New enclosed stairways, new elevators and refurbished pedestrian tunnel

    New customer public address system, LCD train information system and lighting

    New sidewalks and landscaping

    The project, which is expected to be completed in early 2010, is funded with state and federal sources.


    “These station improvements will really make a difference for our residents and our continued investment in public transit is crucial to keeping New Jersey moving,” said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, chairman of the Transportation and Public Works Committee.

    The Metropark project is the second major NJ TRANSIT capital investment in Woodbridge Township in as many years. A $23 million rehabilitation project at Woodbridge Station on the North Jersey Coast Line was launched in the fall of 2005 and completed this spring. Together, the projects represent a $70 million investment, benefiting nearly 9,000 NJ TRANSIT customers.

    “The investment in this station demonstrates Gov. Jon Corzine’s strong commitment to transit as an important way to relieve congestion, protect the environment and grow our economy,” said Commissioner Kolluri.

    “This project will deliver a more comfortable and convenient travel experience for our customers, which is critical to making NJ TRANSIT the preferred choice for travel in New Jersey,” said Executive Director Sarles. “And it is part of our ongoing commitment to continue making critical investments in the Northeast Corridor.”

    “This project recognizes the importance of Metropark Station and it will give the residents of Woodbridge the level of service, comfort and convenience they deserve,” said Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac.

    “The rebuilding of Metropark Station is a win-win for commuters and intercity rail travelers alike,” said Anne Witt, Amtrak Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development. “Investments by state partners that improve the travel experience for our customers are good for Amtrak and good for the regional economy. This reconstruction project is a perfect example of our customers reaping the benefits of a coordinated planning process.”

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    NJ TRANSIT ADVANCES PORTAL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT
    New crossing will expand rail capacity across the Hackensack River


    July 11, 2007
    NJT-07-064
    Contact: Penny Bassett Hackett or Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

    NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved funding for the final phase of environmental work regarding Portal Bridge, a nearly 100-year-old span that carries Northeast Corridor train traffic over the Hackensack River just west of Secaucus Junction.

    Today’s action authorizes completion of the Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS), coordinating the Portal Bridge project with the Access to the Region’s Core project, which features a new two-track tunnel under the Hudson River being built over the next decade.

    “A new Portal Bridge crossing will have an immediate impact on thousands of our customers by reducing delays associated with the bridge’s operation,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “Addressing this aging bridge is a necessity in its own right, but it’s of vital importance viewed in the context of the Access to the Region’s Core.”

    The new Portal Bridge crossing will need to accommodate increased peak-period train traffic. The existing two-track span, which was placed into service in 1910, now operates near capacity during peak periods, carrying 23 trains per hour in the peak direction.

    The new crossing is being designed to reduce the number of times it will need to be opened and to reduce the time needed to complete an open-and-close sequence. The existing swing bridge pivots open to permit marine traffic to pass, forcing Northeast Corridor Line, North Jersey Coast Line and MidTOWN DIRECT trains to wait.

    The board amended the DEIS contract with AKRF Inc. and authorized the firm to prepare the FEIS, for a total authorization of $5.3 million.

    NJ TRANSIT will continue to advance the project in partnership with Amtrak, owner of the existing bridge, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

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    Thumbs up NJ Transit Service improved

    PASCACK VALLEY LINE CUSTOMERS TO GET IMPROVED SERVICE THIS FALL
    NJ TRANSIT and Metro-North announce new off-peak and weekend service beginning


    October 28
    August 16, 2007
    NJT-07-079

    NEWARK, NJ — Pascack Valley Line customers will benefit from 121 new trains per week, including bi-directional, off-peak and weekend rail service for the first time—as a result of new “passing sidings” constructed along the single-track line.

    Starting October 28, NJ TRANSIT will offer 15 new weekday trains—eight inbound to Secaucus and Hoboken and seven outbound—nearly doubling the level of service on the line. Of the additional weekday trains, one inbound and two outbound will operate in the evening, including a late-night train, with the remainder of the new service offered midday.

    Also for the first time, customers will benefit from weekend service, with 23 trains operating on Saturdays and 23 on Sundays—11 inbound to Hoboken and 12 outbound each day.

    “These passing sidings have enabled us to address the limitations that have long been posed by the Pascack Valley Line’s single track configuration,” said New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri. “Bringing more rail service into Bergen County will encourage more people to leave their cars behind.”

    “Working together with Metro-North, we will be able to offer bi-directional and off-peak rail service to our Pascack Valley Line riders in Bergen and Rockland counties for the very first time, making public transportation a more attractive option,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “This project offers expanded travel opportunities in the near term, while paving the way for future improvements that will come with the construction of a new trans-Hudson commuter rail tunnel.”


    “The introduction of midday, evening and weekend service on MTA Metro-North Railroad's Pascack Valley Line will make mass transit much more attractive and convenient for all Rocklanders,” said MTA Executive Director and CEO Elliot Sander. “The MTA's commitment to infrastructure improvement in our West-of-Hudson territory in the form of an entirely new train fleet, refurbished stations and expanded parking is matched by this significant service improvement. We hope Rocklanders rush to take advantage of these improvements.”

    “The introduction of off-peak and weekend service makes the train a more appealing and enjoyable way to travel and commute,” said Carl Wortendyke, Rockland's representative on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “Boosting the number of trains on Metro-North’s Pascack Valley Line is the culmination of years of work - building the passing sidings, purchasing an entirely new fleet of trains and the renovation of our three Rockland County train stations - Spring Valley, Nanuet and Pearl River.”

    “We are pleased to have contributed to making these long-awaited service improvements a reality for our customers,” said Metro-North President Peter Cannito. “With the level of service on the line essentially doubled, we can offer increased flexibility to our Rockland County commuters traveling to and from work, while opening up new opportunities for leisure travel for both new and existing customers.”

    The service improvements are made possible by three “passing sidings” constructed along the alignment in Hasbrouck Heights and Hackensack, NJ and Nanuet, NY. The passing sidings enable trains operating in opposite directions to pass one another on a short stretch of double track.

    “We welcome the new off-peak and weekend trains that will soon be serving our community, presenting our residents with more travel options and flexibility,” said Wood-Ridge Mayor and State Senator Paul A. Sarlo.

    “The additional Pascack Valley Line service is a highly anticipated improvement for the Borough, and we look forward to the expanded travel opportunities it will offer our residents,” said River Edge Mayor Margaret Falahee Watkins.

    “The introduction of weekend trains to Montvale opens up new choices for leisure travel, and our residents are looking forward to taking advantage of the increased level of service,” said Montvale Mayor George B. Zeller.

    In December 2004, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approved construction of the Pascack Valley Line passing sidings to provide enhanced rail service. Construction on the project began in spring 2005.

    Currently, all trains on the Pascack Valley Line—which serves approximately 7,700 trips on a typical weekday between Hoboken Terminal and Spring Valley, NY—must operate on a single track, limiting service to one direction. Metro-North provides operating support for service to the three stations in New York: Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley.

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