Pascack Valley Line

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NJTR 4109 pushes Train 1628.jpg
#4109 pushes Train #1628 out of Essex Street in Hackensack, en route to Hoboken Terminal.
Type Commuter rail line
System New Jersey Transit and Metro-North Railroad
Locale North Jersey, Hudson Valley
Termini Hoboken Terminal
Spring Valley
Stations 18
Owner New Jersey Transit
Operator(s) New Jersey Transit
Rolling stock F40PH-2CAT/GP40PH-2/GP40FH-2/PL42AC locomotives
Comet coaches
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
Hudson River
0.0 Hoboken Terminal
Hoboken Yard
Bergen Tunnels
Morris & Essex Lines diverge
Secaucus Junction Northeast Corridor
NJ Turnpike E Spur
Main Line diverges
5.6 Hackensack River via HX Draw
NJ Turnpike W Spur
NJ Route 3
7.6 Bergen County Line diverges
Meadowlands Rail Line diverges
9.6 Wood-Ridge
Hasbrouck Heights
11.2 Teterboro
U.S. 46
Interstate 80
12.4 Essex St. Hackensack
NYS&W mainline
Center Street
13.5 Anderson St. Hackensack
Fairmount Avenue
NJ Route 4
14.7 New Bridge Landing
16.4 River Edge
New Milford
17.8 Oradell
19.3 Emerson
20.5 Westwood
21.4 Hillsdale
Hillsdale Manor
22.7 Woodcliff Lake
23.6 Park Ridge
24.2 Montvale
New Jersey/New York border
25.4 Pearl River
27.9 Nanuet
New York State Thruway
30.6 Spring Valley
31.2 Woodbine

The Pascack Valley Line is a commuter rail line operated by the Hoboken Division of New Jersey Transit. The line runs north from Hoboken, New Jersey, through Bergen County and into Rockland County, New York, terminating at Spring Valley. Service within New York is operated under contract with Metro-North Railroad. The line is named for the Pascack Valley region that it passes through in northern Bergen County. The line parallels the Pascack Brook for some distance. The line is colored purple on system maps, and its symbol is a pine tree.

Current operations[edit]

The Pascack Valley Line runs between Spring Valley, New York, and Hoboken Terminal. The line is 31 miles (50 km) long, of which the northernmost 6 miles (9.7 km) are in New York State. The entire line is owned by NJ Transit, but the Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley stations are leased to Metro-North Railroad. The line is single tracked, but sidings at points along the line, including the Meadowlands, Hackensack and Nanuet permit bidirectional service on the line. A siding in Oradell was also planned for increased service and reliability, but the project was halted due to local opposition.[1][2] Service on this line operates seven days a week.[3]


The line was originally chartered as the Hackensack and New York Railroad in 1856. It later became the New Jersey and New York Railroad, which was bought by the Erie Railroad in 1896. The New Jersey and New York Railroad continued to exist as an Erie subsidiary until the 1960 merger that created the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

In 1976 the Erie Lackawanna was merged with several other railroads to create Conrail. In 1983, after several years under operation by Conrail, operations of the Pascack Valley Line were transferred to NJ Transit Rail Operations.

The line used to continue north of Spring Valley to Haverstraw, New York. This portion of the line has been abandoned and most of the right-of-way has been sold off. Part of the line (between Spring Valley and Nanuet) was once part of the main Erie Railroad line from Piermont, New York to Buffalo, New York. See the article, Port Jervis Line, for the Erie's service west of Suffern.

Rolling stock[edit]

All service on this line is diesel, using either GP40PH-2, F40PH, PL42AC, or ALP-45DP locomotives. Comet series passenger cars are used on this line; Bombardier MultiLevel Coaches are occasionally used on this line. Some train sets use equipment owned by Metro-North, which are so marked.


  • The Pascack Valley Line: A History of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, Wilson E. Jones; ISBN 0-941652-14-9


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