Metropark (NJT station)
View from south/westbound platform, facing SW. Station was renovated after this picture was taken.
|Address||100 Middlesex-Essex Turnpike
Iselin, NJ 08830
New Jersey Transit:
|Connections|| NJT Bus: 48,
801–805 (Metropark loops)
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Station code||MET(Amtrak Only)|
|Owned by||New Jersey Transit|
|Fare zone||10 (New Jersey Transit)|
|Passengers (2012)||7,447 (average weekday) (NJT)|
|Passengers (2013)||383,353 2.6% (Amtrak)|
Metropark was first proposed in late 1968, under a plan by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). The plan was part of the larger Metroliner Service being rolled out by the Penn Central Railroad and (later) Amtrak. As businesses and people fled the urban cores the Metropark station was conceived to serve this suburban market. The location was right off of the Garden State Parkway to allow for easy access by automobile and a large business park was built next to the station to entice riders.
Metropark station opened to Amtrak trains in November 1971. Commuter trains began stopping at Metropark in 1972 and the nearby Iselin station was closed (and, a few years later, Colonia). Suburban ring stations opened at New Carrollton, Maryland near Washington, DC and Route 128 near Boston, Massachusetts around that time.
In January 2007 NJ Transit announced a nearly $30 million renovation plan for the station, to be completed by 2010. Reconstruction was completed in summer 2009, and cost $47 million. Climate-controlled shelters and LCD train information system were installed, platforms and canopies were lengthened and the station building was enlarged as part of the project. As part of the renovation new signage has been installed; all of the new signs refer to the station by its full name of "Metropark Station".
The Metropark station is served by New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line, as well as these Amtrak routes:
NJT bus route 48 also operates to the station, as well as routes 801-805, which are "loop" services connecting the station to nearby neighborhoods and towns and are operated by Academy Bus under contract with NJT.
Amtrak trains skip most stations between Trenton and Newark Penn Station, but most Amtrak trains stop at Metropark despite having to switch to the outside (local) tracks to do so. Pairs of crossovers (interlockings MENLO and ISELIN) before and after the station were added about 1984 to make this easier.
New Jersey Transit
Since 2001 Metropark has been the busiest New Jersey Transit station apart from the city terminals. Along with Princeton Junction in 2006, Metropark was the first non-terminal station to have over 7,000 weekday boardings.
Oak Tree Road
Woodbridge Corporate Park
Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge Center OR
Woodbridge Railroad Station
Wood Ave/Inman Ave.
Menlo Park Mall OR
Ford Ave/Main St.
Metropark has a multi-story parking facility that is open at all times. The parking fee is $5 for up to 12 hours, $7 for up to 16 hours, and $9 for up to 24 hours. Annual, semi-annual, and quarterly parking permits are available for discounted rates ($70.00 per month). Drivers may park in either of the two multi-level parking decks using their proximity card for entry and exit. Daily parking users take a ticket upon entry, which must be paid for before exiting the facility. Several self-service kiosks within the garages allow users to pay their daily parking fee before returning to their vehicle.
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- PRR Chronology, 1972
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