Bergen County Line

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  Bergen County Line
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Train 1253 leaves Glen Rock Boro Hall Bergen County Line.jpg
Train #1253 departs Glen Rock-Boro Hall.
Overview
Type Commuter rail line
System New Jersey Transit and Metro-North Railroad
Locale North Jersey, Hudson Valley
Termini Hoboken Terminal
Port Jervis, Suffern, or Waldwick
Stations 24, 16, or 11 depending on end terminus
Daily ridership 4,305[1]
Operation
Owner New Jersey Transit
(Hoboken Terminal to Suffern)
Norfolk Southern Railway
(Suffern to Port Jervis, leased to and maintained by Metro-North Railroad)
Operator(s) New Jersey Transit
Rolling stock F40PH-2CAT/GP40PH-2/GP40FH-2/PL42AC locomotives
Comet coaches
Technical
Track length 152.9 km (95.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
Port Jervis Line to Port Jervis
30.6 Hillburn Yard
Former Erie Piermont Branch
30.5 SuffernMTA NYC logo.svg
New YorkNew Jersey border
29.1 Mahwah
NJ 17
27.9 Ramsey Route 17MTA NYC logo.svg
26.5 Ramsey
24.6 Allendale
23.5 Waldwick Yard
23.2 Waldwick
22.1 Ho-Ho-Kus
20.9 Ridgewood
20.2 Main Line rejoins at Ridgewood Junction
Main Line mileposts above here
18.2 Glen Rock (Boro Hall)
16.5 Radburn (Fair Lawn)
NJ 208
15.3 Broadway (Fair Lawn)
NJ 4
Garden State Parkway
I-80
Warren Point (closed)
14.2 NYS&W at Passaic Junction
US 46
12.7 Plauderville
NY&GL/Erie Dundee spur
11.3 Garfield
Saddle River
10.4 Wesmont (opening 2015)
former Erie Main Line (closed 1963)
Carlton Hill (closed 1966)
Carlton Hill Branch at Bergen Junction
8.4 Rutherford
NJ 17
7.6 Pascack Valley Line diverges
NJ 3
New Jersey Turnpike
5.6 Hackensack River via HX Draw
original alignment
Harmon Cove (closed 2003)
Main Line diverges
NJ Turnpike
3.5 Secaucus Junction(Northeast Corridor)MTA NYC logo.svg
original alignment
Morris & Essex Lines
former Boonton Line/NY&GL
Bergen Tunnels
0.0 Hoboken TerminalMTA NYC logo.svg Port Authority Trans-Hudson
Hudson River

The Bergen County Line (or Bergen Line) is a commuter rail line and service owned and operated by New Jersey Transit in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The line loops off the Main Line between the Meadowlands and Glen Rock, with trains continuing in either direction along the Main Line. It is colored on NJT system maps in pale blue, and its symbol is a cattail.

Some trains of Metro-North Railroad's Port Jervis Line also operate over the line. The Norfolk Southern Railway provides freight service along the line via trackage rights.

As on the Main Line, trains are powered by diesel locomotives operated push-pull.

History[edit]

From a point in Secaucus, just south of the Hackensack River bridge near the former Harmon Cove station, to a point in East Rutherford north of the Rutherford station, the Bergen County Line uses the former Erie Railroad Main Line. This portion was opened in 1833 by the Paterson and Hudson River Railroad[2] and leased by the New York and Erie Rail Road in 1852.[3] The rest of the line, from East Rutherford north to Glen Rock, opened in 1881 as the Bergen County Railroad.

Until the late 1950s, the main function of the Erie's Bergen County Cutoff was as a freight bypass of the at-grade Main Line through Passaic. Commuter service was relatively minor. In 1963 the Lackawanna Boonton Line up to Paterson became the new Erie Main Line. This was due to the abandonment of the Main Line section through downtown Passaic and also due to the fact that Interstate 80 construction used the old Boonton Line right-way in Paterson. The old Main Line up to Rutherford was now exclusively part of the Bergen Line.

Prior to the opening of Secaucus Junction in 2003, Bergen County Line trains used a longer stretch of the old Erie Main Line in Secaucus, extending south to Croxton Yard and a merge with the former Lackawanna Boonton Line. A curving track was built between the HX Draw at Hackensack River and the Main Line north of Secaucus Junction to allow Bergen County Line trains to use Secaucus Junction.

Route guide[edit]

Map of the Main and Bergen County lines
Rutherford station

Approaching Secaucus Junction, a westbound train headed for the Bergen County Line will use the more northerly pair of tracks, designated G and H at the transfer. West of the transfer, these tracks diverge from the Main Line over a new right-of-way opened in 2003, connecting the Main Line with the Bergen County Line. During this stretch, the Hackensack River is to the left, while industrial plants on Meadowlands Parkway are to the right. A former station, Harmon Cove was located nearby along the old Erie right-of-way and opened between 1978 and 2003 to serve the high-rise apartments nearby.

Soon the train joins the old Erie Main Line right-of-way and crosses the Hackensack over HX Bridge, a two-track bascule draw. For the next two miles, the train crosses the Meadowlands, under the New Jersey Turnpike western spur with the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford visible in the distance to the right and a new development beginning to take shape in Rutherford, to the left. Here, the track parallels Berrys Creek and eventually crosses it just before passing below Route 3.

Beyond Route 3, the landscape changes to industrial. Office buildings line the side of the track, some serviced by sidings. The Pascack Valley Line soon splits off to the right at Pascack Junction, and the train then crosses Route 17 and approaches the Rutherford station.


For a half-mile the train passes residences on either side, then swings right, abandoning the old Erie Main Line at 40°50′10″N 74°06′15″W / 40.836°N 74.1042°W / 40.836; -74.1042, and passes through industrial areas with several grade crossings. Soon, the tracks form the border of Carlstadt and Wallington. Presently the train passes Wood-Ridge and South Hackensack before crossing the Saddle River into Garfield reaching the Garfield station.

The train continues northward through Garfield, passing homes, businesses, and Dahnerts Lake County Park before reaching the Plauderville station at Midland Avenue, the border between Garfield and neighboring Saddle Brook. Shortly after passing beneath U.S. Highway 46 the track becomes the border of Saddle Brook and Elmwood Park, once again crossing Midland Avenue. Interstate 80 passes above the train, which then crosses the Garden State Parkway. The Broadway station in Fair Lawn straddles a border formed by the track and Route 4.

In Fair Lawn, the line is paralleled by Plaza Road, named for Radburn Plaza, the commercial area serving the Radburn development for which the borough's more northerly station is named. The line crosses below Route 208 before reaching Radburn. Beyond the station, the train passes housing to the right and industry to the left, with a spur to a Nabisco plant. Next is the Glen Rock-Boro Hall station which like its Main Line counterpart is on Rock Road. The lines merge a short distance north of this point at Ridgewood Junction.

For route description north of Ridgewood, please see the Main Line or Port Jervis Line route guides.

Active stations[edit]

Bergen County Line stations
Zone[4] Miles from east terminal Municipality Station[4] Services[4] Public transportation[4] Notes
0.0 Hoboken Hoboken ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 22, 22X, 23, 54, 68, 85, 87, 89, 126, New York Waterway Eastern terminus of the line; Transfer here for PATH trains and the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail
3.5 Secaucus Secaucus Junction ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 2, 78, 129, 329 Transfer here for other New Jersey Transit lines (except the Raritan Valley, Gladstone Branch, and Atlantic City Line lines)

Main Line splits off and will rejoin at Ridgewood, NJ.

Meadowlands Line and Pascack Valley Line also diverges from Bergen Line trackage just after the Main Line does.

3 8.4 Rutherford Rutherford ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 76, 190
4 11.3 Garfield Garfield TVM NJ Transit buses: 160, 161, 702, 707, 709, 758
5 12.7 Plauderville ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit buses: 160, 178  
6 15.3 Fair Lawn Broadway TVM NJ Transit buses: 144, 166, 770
16.5 Radburn TVM NJ Transit buses: 145, 171
8 18.2 Glen Rock Glen Rock-Boro Hall TVM NJ Transit buses: 164, 175, 746
9 20.9 Ridgewood Ridgewood ADA-accessible, TVM NJ Transit Bus 163, 164, 175, 722, 746, 752 Main Line rejoins just before Ridgewood.
10 22.1 Ho-Ho-Kus Ho-Ho-Kus TVM
23.2 Waldwick Waldwick TVM Last stop for most trains, a few continue on to Suffern or Port Jervis
11 24.6 Allendale Allendale TVM
12 26.5 Ramsey Ramsey ADA-accessible, TVM
13 27.9 Ramsey-Route 17 ADA-accessible, TVM
14 29.1 Mahwah Mahwah TVM Short Line Bus: Bergen County Line
30.5 Suffern Suffern TVM Transport of Rockland: 59, 93, Monsey Loop 3, Tappan ZEExpress (2 blocks north on Chestnut Street) Short Line Bus: 17M/MD/SF Most trains stop here or continue on to Port Jervis on the Port Jervis Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ NJT boarding data Berkeley Retrieved 2008-07-13
  2. ^ PRR Chronology, 1833 PDF (61.1 KiB), June 2004 Edition
  3. ^ PRR Chronology, 1852 PDF (83.5 KiB), March 2005 Edition
  4. ^ a b c d "Montclair - Boonton Line Timetables - January 17, 2010 edition". New York, New York: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.