Harrison (PATH station)

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Harrison
Harrisontrainjeh.jpg
Westbound train arrives at Harrison bound for Newark. Station has since been renovated.
Station statistics
Address Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard South
Harrison, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°44′21″N 74°09′20″W / 40.739187°N 74.155425°W / 40.739187; -74.155425Coordinates: 40°44′21″N 74°09′20″W / 40.739187°N 74.155425°W / 40.739187; -74.155425
Line(s)
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 40
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2 (PATH), 3 (Northeast Corridor)
Parking Parking lots and garages adjacent to station
Other information
Opened 1937
Electrified 600V (DC) Third Rail(PATH only)
Owned by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Traffic
Passengers (2008) 1.872 million
Services
Preceding station   PATH logo.svg PATH   Following station
Terminus
NWK–WTC
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
New York and Long Branch Railroad

Harrison is a PATH station located on Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard (County Road 697) between Interstate 280 and the Passaic River in Harrison, New Jersey served by the Newark – World Trade Center route.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound      NWK–WTC toward Newark (Terminus)
Northeast Corridor Amtrak/Northeast Corridor Line/North Jersey Coast Line/Raritan Valley Line do not stop here
Northeast Corridor Amtrak/Northeast Corridor Line/North Jersey Coast Line/Raritan Valley Line do not stop here
Northeast Corridor Amtrak/Northeast Corridor Line/North Jersey Coast Line/Raritan Valley Line do not stop here
Eastbound      NWK–WTC toward World Trade Center (Journal Square)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Entrances/Exits, automatic ticket dispensing machines, one-way faregates
G - Street level

This station is technically located on the Northeast Corridor Branch of New Jersey Transit. It has two side platforms and five tracks. Only the side tracks serving the PATH platforms have third rail power; the three center tracks, with overhead catenary wires, are used by New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line, which do not stop at Harrison. The platforms have low tubular fencing along there extreme ends and a wooden canopy held up by metal posts toward their midsection. Each platform has their own entrance/exit to the west side Frank E. Rogers Boulevard and there are no crossover or crossunders.

On the Newark-bound platform, an opening leads to a roll-up store-style door to a small, modern fare control area with smart card turnstiles, installed here and at all other PATH stations in January 2005. Before then, passengers could take the short ride to Newark for free (trains discharge and pick up passengers at different levels of that station, so fare beating to New York was not possible).[1] These six turnstiles lead past a Ticket Vending Machine and another machine for two trip PATH MetroCards to a covered staircase. This staircase goes down to an intermediate landing where another staircase turns right and goes down to the street. A new staircase facing the opposite direction from the original goes down to a small plaza with bike racks outside the parking garage.

The entrance to the New York-bound platform is inside a 1930s brick building. It has a circular awning that covers two blue doors. Above this awning is a window to allow natural light in followed by a concrete etching of the Pennsylvania Railroad logo, and is a reflection of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad former joint operated with the Pennsylvania Railroad between Journal Square (then called Summit Avenue) and Newark. Above this is a station's name and ornate clock Inside the building are two more doors at a split. These two areas lead to separate banks of turnstiles that lead to an enclosed staircase up to platform level, where there is a small enclosed waiting area with benches before doors lead out to the back of the platform. East of the station is the longest distance between any two stations on PATH.

History[edit]

This embankment station, which opened on November 26, 1911, under the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, was originally located at the intersection of Fourth Street (now Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard South) and New Jersey Railroad Avenue. It was moved slightly south to its current location in 1937 when the H&M was realigned to Newark Penn Station. While all traces of the original station are gone, remnants of the two-track line can still be found along Railroad Avenue. Both the former and current Harrison Stations were built by H&M, which was jointly operated with the Pennsylvania Railroad between Newark and Summit Avenue in Jersey City. Beside H&M service, Harrison also served the PRR-owned New York and Long Branch Railroad line, which was partially owned by the Central Railroad of New Jersey south of Perth Amboy, and ran as far east as Exchange Place Terminal in Jersey City. Hudson and Manhattan Railroad was bought by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1962 and renamed Port Authority Trans-Hudson, but the 1937-built H&M/PRR depot remained intact.

21st-century reconstruction[edit]

The area around the station has been undergoing redevelopment since the early 2000s,[2] and the station itself has been no exception. The first phase of Harrison Station, a mixed-used project, opened in December 2011.[3] The Port Authority began reconstructing the station in 2009; the $256 million project essentially builds a new station because the original one's architecture was not suitable for mere updating.[4] The new station will feature longer platforms to allow 10-car trains, wider platforms for increased standing room, and street-level-to-platform elevators in compliance with ADA regulations, as well as architectural modifications to its appearance.[5] Funding for this project is provided by a portion of the March 2008 toll and fare hike, which increased the overall spending budget of the corporation. The Port Authority has begun acquiring real property in preparation for construction.[6] In 2012, a parking garage opened adjacent to the Newark-bound platform and the entrance/exit was rebuilt with a modern, glass walled enclosure. A new staircase facing the opposite direction from the original goes down to a small plaza with bike racks outside the garage. The major reconstruction was approved on March 28, 2012, and is scheduled to run from January 2013 to April 2017.[7][8][9] The start of construction was celebrated by Gov. Chris Christie, Mayor Raymond McDonough and Port Authority Executive Director Bill Baroni on August 16, 2013.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGeehan, Patrick (January 28, 2005). "Metro Briefing - New Jersey: Harrison: Free-Ride Loophole Closed". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. ^ Martin, Antoinette (August 11, 2002). "In the Region/New Jersey; Harrison Planning Billion Mixed-Use Community". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Fedschun, Travis (December 10, 2011). "First building in Harrison Station mixed-use development opens". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  4. ^ GOVERNOR CHRISTIE AND THE PORT AUTHORITY MARK ONGOING WORK ON NEW $256 MILLION HARRISON PATH RAIL STATION, Port Authority Press release, August 16, 2013, retrieved August 18, 2013
  5. ^ Duger, Rose (March 12, 2009). "Harrison unveils $75M PATH renovation plan". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Port Authority Fulfills Commitment to Replace PATH's Entire 340-Rail Car Fleet" (Press release). Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. October 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Harrison hopes upgraded PATH station will help welcome commuters with a grand new view". The Star Ledger (Newark). April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kusisto, Laura; Firger, Jessica (April 22, 2012). "New Jersey Town Bets Big on PATH". The Wall Street Journal. 
  9. ^ http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/08/governor_in_harrison_for_kicko.html
  10. ^ Machcinski, Anthony J. (August 16, 2013). "Christie cheers $256M Harrison PATH station, set to open in 2017". Jersey Journal. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Station entrance at street level. Note the Pennsylvania Railroad logo over the front door.