New Jersey Transit Rail Operations

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New Jersey Transit Rail Operations
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New Jersey 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 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters 1 Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105

New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (reporting mark NJTR) is the rail division of New Jersey Transit. It provides commuter rail service in New Jersey, with most service centered around transportation to and from New York City, Hoboken, and Newark. New Jersey Transit also operates rail service in Orange and Rockland counties in New York State under contract to Metro-North Railroad. This does not include New Jersey Transit's light rail operations.

Network and infrastructure[edit]

Lines[edit]

As of 2012, New Jersey Transit's commuter rail network consists of 11 lines and 164 stations,[1] primarily concentrated in northern New Jersey, with one line running between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. These lines are listed below.

Current lines[edit]

Operations are in two divisions:

Newark Division
Lines Terminals
Northeast Corridor Line New York Penn Station Trenton
Princeton Branch Princeton Jct. Princeton
North Jersey Coast Line
Raritan Valley Line High Bridge
(most service ends at Raritan)
Atlantic City Line 30th Street Station Atlantic City
Hoboken Division
Lines Terminals
Main Line
Hoboken Terminal Suffern (Port Jervis Line continues to Port Jervis)
Bergen County Line
Pascack Valley Line Spring Valley
Meadowlands Rail Line Meadowlands
Montclair-Boonton Line
Electric Service Ends at: Montclair State
Morristown Line
Gladstone Branch Gladstone

Freight usage[edit]

In addition to passenger trains, NJTR allows freight service operated over its lines via trackage rights:

Non-passenger lines[edit]

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 New Jersey Transit upon their creation in 1979. These lines are either leased for freight/tourist service, interim rail trail use, or remain derelict:

Ownership[edit]

NJT owns most of its tracks, infrastructure, bridges, tunnels and signals. The exceptions are:

Yards and maintenance[edit]

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:[2]

  • Main and Bergen County Lines:
    • Waldwick Yard
    • Suffern Yard
    • Port Jervis Yard (along the Metro-North-leased line)
  • Montclair-Boonton Line:
  • Morris and Essex Lines:
  • North Jersey Coast Line:
    • Long Branch Yard
    • Bay Head Yard
  • Northeast Corridor:
  • Pascack Valley Line:
    • Woodbine Yard, Spring Valley, NY
  • Raritan Valley Line:
    • Raritan Yard

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.

Movable bridges[edit]

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)

Rolling stock[edit]

Locomotives[edit]

Revenue[edit]

These locomotives carry NJT markings for revenue service, except for units in bold, which carry Metro-North markings for Metro-North's West-of-Hudson fleet. Not included are the EMU cars, which are technically locomotives, but are listed in the Passenger Cars roster below.

Builder and model Photo Numbers Built Acquired Type Power Notes
Current stock
EMD GP40PH-2 NJTR 4109 pushes Train 1628.jpg 4100–4112;4906 1968 1983
(inherited at inception)
Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Former CNJ units, Rebuilt by Conrail 1991–93.
  • Assigned to Hoboken Division.
  • 4105 is now MOW engine
  • 4906 is a Metro North unit
  • 4106,4107,4111,4112 in storage
  • 4106 has been brought out of storage
  • The 4103,4104, 4106 entered into an in-house rebuild program by NJ Transit for conversion into essentially a standard GP40-2. The HEP motor has been removed, unlit number boards have been drilled in, rear ladder removed and replaced with steps, and LED markers applied to the rear end replacing their original tri-color class lights.
EMD F40PH-2CAT New Jersey Transit train 1165.jpg
MTA Metro-North 4192 pulls NJT train 1027.jpg
4113–4122, 4124, 4126–4129, 4907-4914 1979–1981
  • NJTR:1982
  • MN: 2000-2004 (4191-4194); 2010–2012 (4907–4908, 4911-4914)
Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • MN 4907 and 4908 rebuilt from 4191 and 4192, respectively.
  • MN 4911-4914 rebuilt from NJTR 4115, NJTR 4116, NJTR 4123, and NJTR 4125, respectively.
  • NJT units are in rush hour/ standby service. To be replaced by 2014-2015; 4120 and 4124 is the only NJT units still in service.
EMD GP40FH-2 NJTR 4138 pushes Train 5440.jpg
New Jersey Transit train 53 to Port Jervis.jpg
4135–4144, 4900–4905 1966–1970 1987–1990 Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Current active locomotives: 4139, 4900–4905
  • 4900-4905 are GP40FH-2M
  • 4139 is used for the aqua track
  • 4135,4136,4137,4138,4141,4142,4143,4144 in storage
EMD GP40PH-2A New Jersey Transit train 5427 enters Plainfield.jpg 4145–4147, 4149–4150, 4219, 1967–1970 1992–1993 Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Replacements for the U34CHs.
  • 4148 wrecked 1996, rebuilt as 4219 by Conrail 1997.
EMD GP40PH-2B NJ Transit GP40PH-2B 4216 waits to pull Train 4622.jpg 4200–4218 1965–1969 1993–1994 Diesel 4201,4218 in storage 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
Bombardier ALP-46 New Jersey Transit 6662-1.JPG 4600–4628 2001–2002 Electric 7,100 hp (5,294 kW)
Alstom PL42AC PL42AC-NJT.jpg 4000–4032 2005–2006 Diesel 4,200 hp (3,132 kW)
3,680 hp (2,744 kW) available for traction
  • Used in all diesel service.
GE Transportation P40DC Atlantic City Express Service (ACES) train 7163.jpg 4800–4803 1993 2007 Diesel 4,250 hp (3,169 kW)
3,875 hp (2,890 kW) available for traction
  • Purchased from Amtrak and operated primarily on the Atlantic City Express Service route.
  • With the cancellation of ACES, NJT announced its intentions to sell the units to another commuter agency,[citation needed] or possibly back to Amtrak. However, due to a lack of interest on the part of potential buyers, the locomotives will remain with NJT for an indefinite period of time.
Bombardier
ALP-46A
ALP-46A 4629 at Convent Station.JPG 4629–4664 2010–2011 Electric 7,500 hp (5,593 kW)
  • Newer version of ALP-46, delivery started in 2010.[3]
  • Entered service June 2, 2010.[4]
Bombardier
ALP-45DP
ALP-45DP 4504 On Head of Train 1009, at Hoboken Terminal 6-1-12.jpg 4500–4534
35 ordered
2011–2012 Dual-mode
(electric and diesel)
Electric mode
5,365 hp (4,001 kW)

Diesel mode
4,200 hp (3,132 kW)
3,000 hp (2,237 kW) available for traction
  • Locomotives capable of running using wire or under diesel mode.[5]
  • All locomotives have arrived on property and in service
  • 4517, 4521 are in testing

Non-revenue[edit]

All non-revenue locomotives are diesel-powered and carry NJT markings only. As these locomotives lack HEP, they cannot haul trains in passenger service.

Model Numbers Year(s) Notes
MotivePower MP20B-3 1001–1005 2008 (rebuilt from 1967 EMD GP40FH-2s 4130-34)
EMD GP40-2 4300–4303 1965–1968
EMD SW1500 502 1972 slated for use on River Line

Passenger cars[edit]

New Jersey 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

Builder
and model
Photo Numbers Total Built Rebuilt
(rebuilder)
Notes
Budd/GE
Arrow III
NJ Transit Arrow III MU 1327.jpg 1304–1333
(singles)
1334–1533
(pairs)
  • 30 single cars
    (no lavatory)
  • 200 paired cars
    (lavatory in odd cars)
1977–1978 1992–1995
(ABB)
  • Self-propelled cars
  • Cars have center doors
  • NJT Arrow III 1428, 1429, 1507, 1506, 1415, 1414, 1368, 1369, 1419, 1418, 1356, 1357, 1404, 1405, 1431, 1430, 1328, 1383, 1382, 1441, 1440, 1388, 1389, 1476, 1477, 1398, 1399, 1512, 1513, 1370, 1371, 1407, 1406, 1410, 1411, 1350, 1351, 1318, 1305 are in storage
Bombardier
Comet IIM
NJTR 5446 on Train 5705.jpg 5300–5396, 5441–5458, 5460
  • 116 trailers
    (no lavatories)
1982–1983 1999–2002
(AAI/Alstom)
  • Formerly Comet II
NJTR Bombardier 5416.jpg 5397–5440, 5459
  • 45 trailers
    (no lavatories)
1987–1989
  • Formerly Comet IIB
Bombardier
Comet IV
NJTR 5028 on Train 3847.jpg 5011–5031, 5235–5264, 5535–5582
  • 21 cab cars
    (lavatory)
  • 30 trailers
    (lavatory)
  • 48 trailers
    (no lavatory)
1996
  • No door at the engineer's position.
  • Cab cars no longer allowed to lead trains.[citation needed] 5019 and 5025 are retired.
Alstom
Comet V
NJT Train 6648.jpg 6000–6083, 6200–6213, 6500–6601
  • 84 cab cars
    (lavatory)
  • 14 trailers
    (lavatory)
  • 102 trailers
    (no lavatory)
2002–2004
  • Cars have center doors.
  • Stainless steel cars.
  • Replacement for Comet I low-platform cars
  • Purchased for Midtown Direct service increases
  • Cab # 6000, 6004, 6016, and 6083 have a full K5LA horn
MTA Metro North 6710 on New Jersey Transit train 1728.jpg 6700–6714, 6750–6754, 6755–6799
  • 15 cab cars
    (lavatory)
  • 5 trailers
    (lavatory)
  • 45 trailers
    (no lavatory)
2002–2004
  • Metro-North cars.
  • Cars have center doors.
  • Stainless steel cars.
  • Restroom cars: 6700–6714, 6750–6754
Bombardier
MultiLevel Vehicle (MLV)
NJ Transit Multilevel 7014 on Train 6651.jpg 7000–7051, 7200–7298, 7500–7677
  • 52 cab cars
    (lavatory)
  • 99 trailers
    (lavatory)
  • 178 trailers
    (no lavatory)
2006–2010
  • Joint order with AMT (Montreal).
  • First cars with quarter-point doors.[6]
  • 45 car option exercised in June 2007.[7]
  • 50-car option exercised in August 2008.[8]
  • 7229–7236 owned by Atlantic City Express Service, LLC, for ACES duty.
Bombardier Bombardier Multilevel II Raritan train at Newark Penn Station.jpg 7052–7061, 7678–7767
  • 10 cab cars
    (lavatory)
  • 90 trailers
    (no lavatory)
2012–2013
  • A 100 car base order was announced on July 14, 2010.[9] It was finalized and awarded to Bombardier on September 1, 2010. The order includes an additional 79 car option.[10][11][12] 54 of these options exercised by MARC to obtain 54 cars with quick turnaround, leaving 25 unexercised options.
  • All Delivered and in service

Stations[edit]

NJ Transit's rail network has 161 stations, varying in size from major commuter hubs like New York Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and Newark Penn Station to small trackside plexiglas shelters or simple stops with only a small platform. New Jersey Transit owns and operates all of its rail stations except as listed below.

Owned by Amtrak[edit]

Owned by Metro-North Railroad[edit]

All of these stations are on the Port Jervis Line, where the MTA leases trackage from Norfolk Southern Railway.

Leased to Metro-North Railroad[edit]

These stations are along the Pascack Valley Line, along trackage owned by New Jersey Transit.

Owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NJ Transit Facts at a Glance Fiscal Year 2012" (pdf). NJ Transit. March 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  2. ^ Rouse, Karen (November 16, 2012). "NJ Transit's rail fleet hit hard by storm". The Record. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  3. ^ Bombardier hands over first ALP-46A
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ Bombardier Press release
  6. ^ "First Multilevel Train Debuts on Northeast Corridor" (Press release). NJ Transit. December 11, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  7. ^ "NJ Transit Orders 45 Additional Multilevel Rail Cars" (Press release). NJ Transit. June 13, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007. 
  8. ^ NJT Purchases 50 Additional Multilevel Rail Cars
  9. ^ Transit approves capital and operating budgets Asbury Park Press. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ News - Media Centre - Bombardier
  12. ^ "NJ Transit pays $267M to purchase 100 new rail cars". Associated Press. September 2, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 

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