Jersey Avenue (NJT station)
The Trenton-bound tracks of Jersey Avenue facing northward towards Newark. Newark-bound trains do not use this track when stopping at Jersey Avenue.
|Address||Jersey Avenue Park & Ride
New Brunswick, NJ, 08903
|Opened||October 24, 1963|
|Owned by||New Jersey Transit|
|Passengers (2012)||1,588 (average weekday)|
Jersey Avenue Station is a New Jersey Transit station on the Northeast Corridor Line in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It is near Jersey Avenue in an industrial area next to a New Jersey Transit rail yard. Some rush hour and off-peak trains originate or terminate at Jersey Avenue. Most passengers are weekday commuters to Newark or New York City and no weekend trains stop at the station. Unlike all other stations on the Northeast Corridor Line, Jersey Avenue has low-level platforms (the rest are elevated), and it is the only station on the line that is not handicap accessible. The two platforms are separated by the station's parking lot. The Newark/New York bound platform is a covered island platform and the Trenton-bound platform is a side platform along Track 4 of the main line.
Jersey Avenue opened in October 1963 as part of an experimental park & ride program.
No trains from Trenton stop at Jersey Avenue (there is no platform on the eastward side of the main line); passengers to Newark or New York City must take a train which originates at Jersey Avenue. Some outbound trains terminate at Jersey Avenue, but many others stop at the low platform on the main Northeast Corridor Line. Passengers getting off a train at this low platform must use an end door towards the front of the train where trainmen have opened the trap.
Local trains are scheduled to take about an hour to travel the 34.4 miles to New York City; express trains take as little as 43 minutes.
The New Brunswick Parking Authority manages the parking lot at Jersey Avenue. Parking costs $180/quarter as of January 1, 2010. There is currently a waiting list of 2 years. Daily parking is available in the white numbered spaces at the rear of the overflow lot for $6.00/day. Spaces in private lots adjacent to the station are available for $75–$100 per month.
The conception of the Jersey Avenue station dates back to July 16, 1963, when officials for the Pennsylvania Railroad and then-governor Richard J. Hughes broke ground on a new station and freight depot along the line by the Tri-State Transportation Committee. The new station was started as an 18-month experiment done by the committee to provide people with access from the railroad to their cars in a new park and ride. The station cost $256,185 (1963 USD) and supplemented the New Brunswick station 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north on Albany, Wall and Easton Streets. The new station, slated to open in October, was to be funded by grants from the state and federal governments, and was the inception for a new mass transit system. The station opened October 24, 1963.
- "Eisenhower Raised Moral Issue In Opposing A-Bombing of Japan;". New York Times (New York, New York). October 25, 1963.
- "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS". New Jersey Transit. December 27, 2012. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
- "Parking Locator (Sites F & G)". New Brunswick, New Jersey: New Brunswick Parking Authority. 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
- "Ground is Broken in Railroad Test". The New York Times (New York, New York). July 17, 1963. p. 26.
- NJT rail station information page for Jersey Avenue
- DepartureVision real time train information for Jersey Avenue
- NJT Northeast Corridor Line schedule
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