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.
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.
Hoboken Division Lines
Bergen County Line
Pascack Valley Line
Meadowlands Rail Line
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:
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-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:
Port Jervis Yard (along the Metro-North-leased line)
Great Notch Yard, Little Falls
Morris and Essex Lines:
Port Morris Yard
North Jersey Coast Line:
Long Branch Yard
Bay Head Yard
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:
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.
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)
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.
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
Builder and model: EMD GP40PH-2A
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
Builder and model: Bombardier ALP-46
Builder and model: Alstom PL42AC
Builder and model: Bombardier ALP-46A
Builder and model: Bombardier ALP-45DP
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
Model: EMD GP40PH-2
Model: MotivePower MP20B-3
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
Model: Comet IIM
Photo: (Click Here)
Model: Comet IV
Model: Comet V
Model: MultiLevel Coach
Model: MultiLevel Coach II
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
New Jersey Transit Commuter Rail Service Map. Click image for larger view.
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