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 on 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]

Reporting Marks[edit]

All New Jersey Transit Rail Operations equipment in both revenue and non-revenue service carry AAR reporting marks of NJTR without exception. Equipment owned by Metro-North carries AAR reporting marks MNCW without exception.

Locomotives[edit]

Active Revenue[edit]

These locomotives carry NJTR reporting marks for revenue service, except for units in bold, which carry Metro-North MNCW reporting marks 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. ONLY active revenue locomotives are listed, retired equipment is unlisted.

Builder and model Photo Numbers Built Acquired Type Power Notes
EMD GP40PH-2 NJTR 4109 pushes Train 1628.jpg 4100–4102, 4104-4105, 4107-4112; MNCW4906 1968 1983
(inherited at inception)
Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Former CNJ units, Rebuilt by Conrail 1991–93.
  • Assigned to Hoboken Division.
  • MNCW4906 is a Metro North unit
  • 4107, 4111, 4112 in storage
  • All units will have entered into an in-house rebuild program by NJ Transit for mechanical conversion into a standard GP40-2 for non-revenue service only. 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.
MPI F40PH-3C MTA Metro-North 4192 pulls NJT train 1027.jpg MNCW4907-4914 1979–1981
  • Remanufactured by MPI from F40PH-2CAT's
  • MNCW: 2000-2004 (MN4191-MN4194); 2010–2012 (MNCW4907–MNCW4908, MNCW4911-MNCW4914)
Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • MNCW 4907 and MNCW 4908 rebuilt from MN 4191 and MN 4192, respectively.
  • MNCW 4911-4914 rebuilt from NJTR 4115, NJTR 4116, NJTR 4123, and NJTR 4125, respectively.
EMD GP40FH-2 NJTR 4138 pushes Train 5440.jpg
New Jersey Transit train 53 to Port Jervis.jpg
4135–4144, MNCW4900–4905 1966–1970 1987–1990 Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Current active locomotives: 4139, 4900–4905
  • MNCW4900-4905 are GP40FH-2M
  • 4139 is used for the aqua track
  • 4135-4138, 4141-4144 in storage
EMD GP40PH-2A New Jersey Transit train 5427 enters Plainfield.jpg 4145–4147, 4149–4150 1967–1970 1992–1993 Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Replacements for the U34CHs.
  • 4148 wrecked 1996, rebuilt as GP40PH-2B 4219 by Conrail 1997.
EMD GP40PH-2B NJ Transit GP40PH-2B 4216 waits to pull Train 4622.jpg 4200–4219 1965–1969 1993–1994 Diesel 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-Electric 4,250 hp (3,169 kW)
3,875 hp (2,890 kW) available for traction
  • Purchased from Amtrak and operated primarily on the ACES route.
  • With the discontinuation 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 are currently remaining with NJTR indefinitely.
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 are in service

Non-revenue[edit]

All non-revenue locomotives are diesel-powered and legally carry the same "NJTR" AAR reporting marks as all other equipment without exception. As these locomotives lack HEP, they do not haul trains in passenger service unless performing a rescue.

Model Numbers Year(s) Notes
MotivePower MP20B-3 NJTR1001–NJTR1005 2008 Rebuilt from 1967 EMD GP40FH-2s NJTR4130-NJTR4134.
EMD GP40PH-2 NJTR4103-NJTR4104, NJTR4106 1968 Modified 2014 with 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. Units are now mechanically standard GP40-2's.
EMD GP40-2 NJTR4300–NJTR4303 1965–1968 Ex-Conrail and New York Central.
EMD SW1500 NJTR502 1972 Used 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.

Single Arrow III MU's are GE Model MA-1J, married pairs are GE Model MA-1H.

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
  • Approximately 160 remain in active service, numerous stored or scrapped.
  • Possible final rebuild program to extend usable life up to 2028 under loose consideration. Project would include installation of auto-tap changers to allow voltage switches on while in revenue service, propulsion upgrades to allow maximum running speed of 125 mph, upgrade braking, interior refurbishment and addition of ADA bathrooms, etc.[6]
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.
  • 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 MNCW6700–6714, MNCW6750–6754, MNCW6755–6799
  • 15 cab cars
    (lavatory)
  • 5 trailers
    (lavatory)
  • 45 trailers
    (no lavatory)
2002–2004
  • Metro-North cars. Metro-North class Shoreliner V.
  • Cars have center doors.
  • Stainless steel cars.
  • Restroom cars: MNCW6700–6714, MNCW6750–6754
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.[7]
  • 45 car option exercised in June 2007.[8]
  • 50-car option exercised in August 2008.[9]
  • 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.[10] It was finalized and awarded to Bombardier on September 1, 2010. The order includes an additional 79 car option.[11][12][13] 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. ^ http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/2013_2_13_OpenSess.pdf
  7. ^ "First Multilevel Train Debuts on Northeast Corridor" (Press release). NJ Transit. December 11, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  8. ^ "NJ Transit Orders 45 Additional Multilevel Rail Cars" (Press release). NJ Transit. June 13, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2007. 
  9. ^ NJT Purchases 50 Additional Multilevel Rail Cars
  10. ^ Transit approves capital and operating budgets Asbury Park Press. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ News - Media Centre - Bombardier
  13. ^ "NJ Transit pays $267M to purchase 100 new rail cars". Associated Press. September 2, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 

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