8th Street (HBLR station)

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8th Street
Hudson–Bergen Light Rail station
8thStreetHBLRStationByLuigiNovi1.jpg
Location 40 West 8th Street
Bayonne, NJ
Coordinates 40°39′14″N 74°07′37″W / 40.654°N 74.127°W / 40.654; -74.127Coordinates: 40°39′14″N 74°07′37″W / 40.654°N 74.127°W / 40.654; -74.127
Owned by New Jersey Transit
Line(s)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport NJT Bus: 81, 120
Bus transport Broadway Bus (on Broadway)
Construction
Platform levels 1
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1
History
Opened January 31, 2011[1]
Electrified 750 V (DC) overhead catenary
Services
Preceding station   Hudson–Bergen Light Rail   Following station
Terminus 8th Street–Hoboken
toward Hoboken
Bayonne Flyer
  Former services  
Preceding station   Central Railroad of New Jersey   Following station
toward Scranton
Main Line

8th Street is a station on the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) located at Avenue C and West 8th Street in Bayonne, New Jersey. It is the southern terminus for the route traveling northbound towards Hoboken Terminal, where it terminates.

History[edit]

A single track viaduct was constructed to connect the station to the ROW.
The Bayonne Bridge viewed from the 8th Street platform.

The station is located in the Bergen Point neighborhood of Bayonne. It was once served by a stop on the Central Railroad of New Jersey's main line, as trains made their way from the main CNJ terminal in Jersey City to points in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This ended in 1967 when CNJ passenger service was diverted to Newark Penn Station as part of the Aldene Plan. Shuttle service from 8th Street ran south across the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge and continued until August 6, 1978.[2] The headhouse is reminiscent of the earlier station.[3] Baltimore and Ohio passenger trains passed through until its passenger operations northeast of Baltimore ceased operation in 1958.[4]

On April 18, 2008, NJ Transit awarded a $58.4 million contracts to George Harms Company to begin the process of extending the line to 8th Street from 34th Street.[5] This contract paid for foundations, viaducts, tracks and a new station building.[6] The extension follows the Conrail right of way along Avenue E; a viaduct was constructed to take the trains above local streets to a station served by an elevator and stairs.[3] Ground was broken for the station on October 15, 2008.[7] Originally scheduled to open in late 2010, the new station opened January 31, 2011.[1]

Extension[edit]

Any further extensions to Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to the south would likely continue to Staten Island over the Bayonne Bridge. The raising of the bridge does not exclude a future light rail.[8]

Nearby attractions[edit]

Station layout[edit]

G Ground level Exit/entrance, park and ride, buses
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound 8th Street–Hoboken toward Hoboken (22nd Street)
Bayonne Flyer toward Hoboken (rush hours) (22nd Street)
Northbound 8th Street–Hoboken toward Hoboken (22nd Street)
Bayonne Flyer toward Hoboken (rush hours) (22nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Timetables" (PDF). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. January 31, 2011. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 3, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Thorpe. "CONRAIL/NJ D.O.T. Draws the Curtain on the Bayonne Shuttle". www.thorpefamily.us. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b Bassett, Penny; Stessel, Dan (October 15, 2008). "Construction Begins on New Hudson-Bergen Light Rail 8th Street Station in Bayonne" (Press release). New Jersey Transit. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  4. ^ Stephen J. Salamon, David P. Oroszi, and David P. Ori, Baltimore and Ohio — Reflections of the Capitol Dome. Silver Spring, Maryland: Old Line Graphics, 1993 (ISBN 1-879314-08-8).
  5. ^ "Funds to stretch light rail to 8th St. in Bayonne", Jersey Journal, May 4, 2006. Archived August 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ NJ Transit Press Release April 17, 2008
  7. ^ Bayonne Ground-Breaking Ceremony Held for 8th Street Light Rail Extension, October 17, 2008, retrieved 2011-05-15 
  8. ^ Hack, Charles (January 13, 2011). "Extending Light Rail across Bayonne Bridge to Staten Island is on minds of officials on both sides of Kill Van Kull". The Jersey Journal. Hoboken. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  9. ^ "Bayonne museum eyes opening". NJ.com. October 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 

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