Summit (NJT station)
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Gladstone train waits on the Wall Track in view from east end.
|Connections|| NJT Bus: 70, 986
|Platforms||2 (1 island, 1 side)|
|Owned by||New Jersey Transit|
|Passengers (2012)||3,638 (average weekday)|
Summit Station is a train station located in Summit, New Jersey, which is served by New Jersey Transit's Morris & Essex Lines (the Gladstone Branch and Morristown Line). The station is located between Union Place on the north and Broad Street on the south, with station access via either side, and between Summit Avenue on the east and Maple Avenue on the west. Constructed in 1904-05 by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in a mile-long open cut, it is notable for being one of the few NJ Transit stations with its platforms below street level.
Station layout and services
There are three tracks and two platforms at the station, Track 1, Track 2, and Track 3, the latter more commonly referred to on site as the "Wall Track," which is located on the Broad Street side of the Station. The Track 1 platform (on the north side) is accessible via the Station overpass or from the Station parking lot originating at street level from Union Place near Summit Avenue. Track 2 and the Wall Track are accessible only via the Station overpass to a shared platform. In the early morning hours, trains on the Gladstone Branch originate at Gladstone Station with a final destination to Hoboken Terminal. Trains going to New York Pennsylvania Station (New York Penn Station) originate in Dover. As of 2009, Track 1 is mainly used for all trains going westbound (Dover or Gladstone). Track 2 and the Wall Track are currently used during the week (Monday to Friday) for all trains going eastbound (New York or Hoboken final stops). The Wall Track is mainly used by the Gladstone Branch, though under certain circumstances, Track 2 and the Wall Track are shared by both lines.
In 2017, NJ Transit will complete construction of a pocket track near Summit station to ease turn-around of trains during rush hour. Given the current infrastructure, turn-around of trains in Summit clogs up a significant amount of track capacity. The new track will able to accommodate 12 car trains which will allow NJ Transit to increase capacity on New York and Hoboken bound trains.
Trains originating from Dover have final stops in both New York Penn Station and Hoboken Station. Trains out of Hoboken Station with Summit Station as a connection have final stops in Dover or Gladstone. All trains originating in New York with a Summit Station connection have a Dover destination (check the current schedule for further details).
On weekends and Holidays (noted in the current train schedule), Track 1 is not used. Currently (2009), trains originating from Gladstone use Summit as a final destination (on the Wall Track). That same train is then used as a Gladstone bound train originating at Summit Station upon the arrival of the Dover bound train. Trains originating in Dover follow though to New York, picking up passengers at Summit Station (on Track 2) desiring to go to Hoboken, where Hoboken-bound passengers then transfer at Newark Broad Street Station. Trains originating in New York then use Summit as a transfer Station for passengers going to stops along the Gladstone line, and then itself for passengers going towards Dover Station.
The station waiting room has a small coffee and newspaper shop that is open at morning commute time and then through the afternoon rush hour. The station was cosmetically renovated for the 2005 PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in nearby Springfield. Status screens were installed on the platforms to show the next train and the platforms and fittings were painted. The screens are still present (as of December, 2009), but they have very rarely been in active use since the PGA Championship. During that time, buses were used as the connection to go to and from the PGA Championship.
During the Summer months in recent years (since at least 2005), the Gladstone branch has been shut down on weekends for ongoing maintenance (generally after Memorial Day to Labor Day). From Independence Day to Labor day, weekday (Gladstone line) trains are replaced by buses between morning and afternoon rush hours (from about 9AM to 3PM) along certain parts, if not the whole line. In lieu of trains, buses are used to travel for all stops, Summit to Gladstone and back, maintaining the same weekend (and/or weekday) schedule. Depending on passenger traffic, one to three buses are used for each run.
Due to the availability of trains and potential destinations, it draws commuters from not just Summit but many surrounding communities. The station thus boasts not only a small adjacent parking lot on its own property that slopes down from Union Place, but also a large lot just across Summit Avenue, accessible from Broad Street. In the 1990s, a multistory parking garage was built on part of the Broad Street lot. In the days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the city made chalk marks on the tires of the many unclaimed vehicles in it for every day they remained there, in order to help identify those missing.
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- "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS". New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
- "Turn-around track to allow more NJ Transit train cars for NYC commute". Nj.com. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
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