Bay Head station

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Bay Head
Bay Head station - January 2018.jpg
Bay Head station in January 2018
General information
LocationOsborne Avenue
Bay Head, New Jersey 08742
Coordinates40°04′34″N 74°02′47″W / 40.07611°N 74.04639°W / 40.07611; -74.04639Coordinates: 40°04′34″N 74°02′47″W / 40.07611°N 74.04639°W / 40.07611; -74.04639
Owned byNJ Transit
Platforms1 side platform
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
Station code23
Fare zone23
OpenedAugust 1, 1882[1]
Previous namesBay Head Junction
2012200 (average weekday)[3]
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Terminus North Jersey Coast Line Point Pleasant Beach
Former services
Preceding station New York and Long Branch Railroad Following station
Terminus Main Line Point Pleasant Beach
Preceding station Pennsylvania Railroad Following station
toward Camden
Philadelphia and Long Branch Railroad Terminus

Bay Head is a railway station in Bay Head, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The station is served by trains on NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, and it is the southern terminus for the line. The rail yard contains 33 acres (13 ha) of wetland inside the loop formed by the tracks used to turn around the trains.[4] The rail yard borders Twilight Lake. Parking is free at the Bay Head station although the lot is only about a fourth of the size of the lot at the next station, Point Pleasant Beach, which requires payment.[5]

A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train at the yard in 1971

This station is not listed as disabled accessible by NJ Transit. Passengers must use the train stairs to climb up to the cars or descend to street level. There is no ramp or platform to aid the handicapped in boarding. Weekend ridership to the Bay Head station rises during the summer as beachgoing vacationers take the train to the beach. [6] In May 2011, ticket vending machines were installed next to the station building at Bay Head.

Station layout[edit]

The station has a low-level side platform serving trains in both directions, most trains also use track one, the doors open at the street.

platform level
Track 1      North Jersey Coast Line termination track
Track 2      North Jersey Coast Line toward Long Branch, Hoboken or New York (Point Pleasant Beach)
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Street level Station building, ticket machine and parking


  • United States Congress (1884). The Executive Documents of the House of Representatives for the First Session of the Forty-Eighth Congress, 1883-'84. Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office. Retrieved April 21, 2021.


  1. ^ United States Congress 1884, p. 487.
  2. ^ "Then and Now". The Asbury Park Press. January 21, 1979. p. 60. Retrieved September 26, 2017 – via open access
  3. ^ "Quarterly Ridership Trends Analysis" (PDF). NJ Transit. December 27, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 19, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Bay Head planning to fight state's rail yard plan in court. Asbury Park Press. Nina Rizzo. June 25, 2002.
  5. ^ Ordinance will set train station parking fees. Asbury Park Press. Tristan J. Schweiger. April 15, 2007.
  6. ^ 'Benny' or not, here they come, Natives grin and share the weekly trip to Shore. Ana M. Alaya. The Star-Ledger. July 1, 2005.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bay Head (NJT station) at Wikimedia Commons