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NJ Transit Rail Operations
NJ Transit Rail Operations (reporting mark NJTR) is the rail division of NJ Transit. It provides commuter rail service in New Jersey, with most service centered on transportation to and from New York City, Hoboken, and Newark. NJ Transit also operates rail service in Orange and Rockland counties in New York under contract to Metro-North Railroad. This does not include NJ Transit's light rail operations.

Network and infrastructure
As of 2012, NJ Transit's commuter rail network consists of 11 lines and 164 stations, primarily concentrated in northern New Jersey, with one line running between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. These lines are listed below.

Current lines
Operations are in two divisions:

Hoboken Division: formerly operated by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, the Hoboken Division runs from Hoboken Terminal or through Newark-Broad St. and includes Midtown Direct service via Kearny Junction.

Newark Division: formerly operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Central Railroad of New Jersey and New York and Long Branch Railroad, these lines operate through Newark Penn Station on the Northeast Corridor. The former Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines Atlantic City Line is also included in the Newark Division.

Newark Division Lines
Northeast Corridor Line
Raritan Valley Line
Atlantic City Line

Hoboken Division Lines
Main Line
Bergen County Line
Pascack Valley Line
Meadowlands Rail Line
Montclair-Boonton Line
Morristown Line
Gladstone Branch

Freight usage
Although NJ Transit itself does not carry freight, NJTR allows freight service to be operated over its lines via trackage rights agreements with several railroads to operate on its lines for freight service. Conrail, CSX, Norfolk Southern and several short lines (Cape May Seashore Lines, Morristown & Erie Railway, Southern Railroad of New Jersey) currently have trackage rights contracts to operate freight service on NJ Transit lines. The Morristown & Erie Railway can only use NJT trackage to get between its owned trackage; it cannot serve customers on NJ Transit trackage. A similar situation exists for Conrail on the Atlantic City Line.

Below is a list of NJ Transit lines and freight lines that operate on them:

Morris & Essex Lines:

  Morristown Line (West End-Hackettstown): Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), Morristown & Erie Railway (M&E)
  Gladstone Branch: NS
Montclair-Boonton Line: NS, M&E
Main Line (West End-Rutherford Junction): NS, M&E
Bergen County Line: NS, M&E (Rutherford Junction-Passaic Junction)
Pascack Valley Line: NS
Raritan Valley Line (Aldene-Bound Brook): CSAO
North Jersey Coast Line: CSAO
Atlantic City Line: CSAO, SRNJ

Non-passenger lines
NJTR also owns several lines not used for regular passenger service. These lines were purchased by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in the late 1970s for railbanking purposes, with ownership transferring to NJ Transit upon its creation in 1979. These lines are either leased for freight/tourist service, interim rail trail use, or remain derelict:

Harrison-Kingsland Branch: derelict
Raritan Valley Line:
  High Bridge-Bloomsbury: NS
  Bloomsbury-Phillipsburg: trackage removed due to construction of Interstate 78 in 1989
Red Bank -South Lakewood: Conrail Shared Assets Operations (CSAO)
Woodmansie-Winslow Junction: derelict
Beesley's Point Secondary:
  Winslow Junction-Palmero/Beesley's Point: CSAO
  Palermo-Ocean City: leased to city of Ocean City in 1999 for use as interim Ocean City Bike Path rail trail
Tuckahoe-Cape May: Cape May Seashore Lines, Southern Railroad of New Jersey
HX Interlocking (Hackensack River)-Croxton Yard: realigned for Secaucus Junction, used as yard lead by NS
Freehold-Farmingdale: derelict
Freehold-Matawan: leased to Monmouth County Park System until 2020 as interim section of Henry Hudson Trail

NJT owns most of its tracks, infrastructure, bridges, tunnels and signals. The exceptions are:

Atlantic City Line – Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Frankford Junction (owned by Amtrak) and Frankford Junction to Pennsauken Delair Junction (owned by Conrail)
Northeast Corridor Line – entire line except Morrisville Yard (owned by Amtrak)
Port Jervis Line – Suffern to Port Jervis (owned by Norfolk Southern and leased by Metro North)
Raritan Valley Line – Aldene to Hunter (owned by Conrail)
Montclair-Boonton Line – West of Netcong (owned by Norfolk Southern)

Yards and maintenance
NJ Transit's main storage and maintenance facility is the Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny, New Jersey. Other major yard facilities are located at Hoboken Terminal. Amtrak's Sunnyside Yard, in Queens, New York serves as a layover facility for trains to New York Penn Station. Additional yards are located at outlying points along the lines. These include:

Main and Bergen County Lines:
  Waldwick Yard
  Suffern Yard
  Port Jervis Yard (along the Metro-North-leased line)

Montclair-Boonton Line:
  Great Notch Yard, Little Falls

Morris and Essex Lines:
  Gladstone Yard
  Summit Yard
  Dover Yard
  Port Morris Yard

North Jersey Coast Line:
  Long Branch Yard
  Bay Head Yard

Northeast Corridor:
  Morrisville Yard, Morrisville, PA (near the Trenton Transit Center)
  County Yard, New Brunswick (near Jersey Avenue)
  Hudson Yard, Harrison (Serves mostly Raritan Valley Line trains)

Pascack Valley Line:
  Woodbine Yard, Spring Valley, NY

Raritan Valley Line:
  Raritan Yard

NJT has a fleet of maintenance crews and vehicles that repair tracks, spread ballast, deliver supplies and inspect infrastructure. There are eight non-revenue work diesels used for these purposes.

Movable bridges
NJT utilizes numerous moveable bridges:

Dock Bridge, Newark (Passaic River) – Northeast Corridor Line (vertical lift) (owned and operated by Amtrak)
Portal Bridge, Secaucus (Hackensack River) – Northeast Corridor Line (swing) (owned and operated by Amtrak)
Newark Draw, Newark (Passaic River) – Morristown Line (swing)
Lower Hack Lift, Jersey City (Hackensack River) – Morristown Line (vertical lift)
Upper Hack Lift, Secaucus (Hackensack River) – Main Line (vertical lift)
HX Draw, Secaucus (Hackensack River) – Bergen County Line (bascule)
Lyndhurst Draw, Lyndhurst (Passaic River) – Main Line (swing)
River Draw, South Amboy (Raritan River) – North Jersey Coast Line (swing)
Morgan Draw, Old Bridge (Cheesequake Creek) – North Jersey Coast Line (bascule)
Oceanport Draw, Oceanport (Oceanport Creek) – North Jersey Coast Line (swing)
Shark River Draw, Belmar (Shark River) – North Jersey Coast Line (bascule)
Brielle Draw, Brielle (Manasquan River) – North Jersey Coast Line (bascule)
Beach Bridge, Atlantic City (Beach Thorofare) – Atlantic City Line (swing)
Delair Bridge, Pennsauken (Delaware River) – Atlantic City Line (vertical lift) (owned and operated by Conrail)

Rolling stock
Reporting marks
All NJ Transit Rail Operations equipment in both revenue and non-revenue service carry AAR reporting marks of NJTR without exception. Equipment owned by Metro-North carries AAR reporting marks MNCW without exception.

Active revenue
These locomotives carry NJTR reporting marks for revenue service. Not included are the EMU cars, which are technically locomotives, but are listed in the Passenger Cars roster below. ONLY active revenue locomotives are listed, retired equipment is unlisted.

Builder and model: EMD GP40PH-2

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Numbers: 4100–4112
Built: 1968
Acquired: 1983 (inherited at inception)
Type: Diesel
Power: 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
Notes: Former CNJ units; rebuilt by Conrail 1991–1993. All units will enter an in-house rebuild program by NJ Transit for mechanical conversion into a standard GP40-2 for non-revenue service. Only 4100 & 4101 remain in revenue service.

Builder and model: EMD GP40PH-2A

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Numbers: 4145-4150
Built: 1967–1970
Acquired: 1992–1993
Type: Diesel

Power: 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
Notes: Replacements for the U34CHs. 4148 was wrecked in 1996 and was rebuilt as GP40PH-2B 4219 by Conrail 1997.

Builder and model: EMD GP40PH-2B

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Numbers: 4200–4219
Built: 1965–1969
Acquired: 1993–1994
Type: Diesel
Power: 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
Notes: ex-Penn Central. Replacements for the GE U34CH. Some units used as work engines.

Builder and model: Bombardier ALP-46

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Numbers: 4600–4628
Built: 2001–2002
Type: Electric
Power: 7,100 hp (5,294 kW)
Notes: Purchased for service increases related to Midtown Direct.

Builder and model: Alstom PL42AC

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Numbers: 4000–4032
Built: 2005–2006
Type: Diesel
Power: 4,200 hp (3,132 kW), 3,680 hp (2,744 kW) available for traction
Notes: Used in all diesel service.

Builder and model: Bombardier ALP-46A

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Numbers: 4629–4664
Built: 2010–2011
Type: Electric
Power: 7,500 hp (5,593 kW)
Notes: Newer version of ALP-46. Delivery started in 2010, with the first units entering service on June 2, 2010.

Builder and model: Bombardier ALP-45DP

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Numbers: 4500–4534
Built: 2011–2012
Type: Dual-mode (electric and diesel)
Power Electric mode: 5,365 hp (4,001 kW)
Power Diesel mode: 4,200 hp (3,132 kW), 3,000 hp (2,237 kW) available for traction
Notes: Locomotives capable of running using wire or under diesel mode.

All non-revenue locomotives are diesel-powered and legally carry the same "NJTR" AAR reporting marks as all other equipment without exception. As these locomotives lack HEP, they do not haul trains in passenger service unless performing a rescue.

Model: EMD GP40-2

Numbers: 4300–4303
Years: 1965–1968
Notes: Ex-Conrail and New York Central.

Model: EMD GP40PH-2

Numbers: 4103, 4104, 4106
Year: 1968
Notes: Modified 2014 HEP motor has been removed, unlit number boards have been drilled in, rear ladder removed and replaced with steps, and LED markers applied to the rear end replacing their original tri-color class lights. Units are now mechanically standard GP40-2's.

Model: MotivePower MP20B-3

Numbers: NJTR1001–NJTR1005
Year: 2008
Notes: Rebuilt from 1967 EMD GP40FH-2s 4130–4134.

Passenger cars
NJ Transit has a fleet of over 1,000 passenger cars. The fleet and examples are described below. Except for the Comet IIM (which are all trailers), all examples shown are cab cars leading or on the tail end of trains. Car groupings are, except for the Arrow III MUs, arranged in the following order: cab cars, trailers with lavatories, and trailers without lavatories, where applicable. Single Arrow III MU's are GE Model MA-1J, married pairs are GE Model MA-1H.

Model: Arrow III

Builder: GE
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Numbers: 1304–1333  (singles)
Numbers: 1334–1533 (pairs)
Total: 30 single cars (no lavatory), 200 paired cars (lavatory in odd cars)
Built: 1977
Rebuilt: 1992–1995
Rebuilder: ABB
Notes: Self-propelled cars. Only 160 remain in active service. Possible final rebuild program to extend usable life up to 2028 under loose consideration. Some units sold to USDOT for testing.

Model: Comet IIM
Builder: Bombardier
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Numbers: 5300–5396, 5441–5458, 5460
Total: 30 single cars (no lavatory), 116 trailers (no lavatories)
Built: 1982–1983
Rebuilt: 1999–2003
Rebuilder: AAI
Notes: Formerly Comet II
Numbers: 5397–5440, 5459
Total: 45 trailers (no lavatories)
Rebuilt: 1987–1989
Rebuilder: Alstom
Notes: Formerly Comet IIB

Model: Comet IV

Builder: Bombardier
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Numbers: 5011–5031, 5235–5264, 5535–5582
Total: 21 cab cars (lavatory), 30 trailers (lavatory), 48 trailers (no lavatory)
Built: 1996
Notes: No door at the engineer's position. 5019 and 5025 are retired.

Model: Comet V

Builder: Alstom
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Numbers: 6000–6083, 6200–6213, 6500–6601
Total: 84 cab cars (lavatory), 14 trailers (lavatory), 102 trailers (no lavatory)
Built: 2002–2004
Notes: Cars have center doors. Stainless steel cars. Replacement for Comet I low-platform cars. Purchased for Midtown Direct service increases. Cab # 6000, 6004, 6016, and 6083 have a full K5LA horns. Several cars damaged in a September 29, 2016 train crash at Hoboken Terminal.

Model: MultiLevel Coach

Builder: Bombardier
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Numbers: 7000–7051, 7200–7298, 7500–7677
Total: 52 cab cars (lavatory), 99 trailers (lavatory), 178 trailers (no lavatory)
Built: 2006–2010
Notes: Joint order with AMT (Montreal). First cars with quarter-point doors. 45 car option exercised in June 2007. 50-car option exercised in August 2008. 7229–7236 were formerly owned and used for the Atlantic City Express Service. They have since been rebuilt as regular cars.

Model: MultiLevel Coach II

Builder: Bombardier
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Numbers: 7052–7061, 7678–7767
Total: 10 cab cars (lavatory), 90 trailers (no lavatory)
Built: 2012–2013
Notes: A 100-car base order was announced on July 14, 2010. It was finalized and awarded to Bombardier on September 1, 2010. The order includes an additional 79 car option. 54 of these options exercised by MARC to obtain 54 cars with quick turnaround, leaving 25 non-exercised options.
NJ Transit provides passenger service on 12 lines at total of 165 stations, some operated conjunction with Amtrak and Metro North (MNCW).

NJ Transit Rail Operations Overview
NJ Transit provides rail service throughout northern New Jersey, between Philadelphia and Atlantic City in southern New Jersey, and in the lower Hudson Valley west of the Hudson River.
Reporting mark: NJTR
Locale: North and Central Jersey, White Horse Pike corridor, Hudson Valley
Dates of operation: 1983–present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: 1 Penn Plaza East, Newark, NJ 07105

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