Branch Brook Park (NLR station)

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Branch Brook Park
Branch Brook Park Station - April 2015.jpg
Branch Brook Park station in April 2015 from the ramp to Heller Parkway.
Location Anthony Place
(formerly North 5th Street)
Newark, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°46′47″N 74°10′29″W / 40.7797°N 74.1748°W / 40.7797; -74.1748Coordinates: 40°46′47″N 74°10′29″W / 40.7797°N 74.1748°W / 40.7797; -74.1748
Owned by New Jersey Transit
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 27
(on Heller Parkway)
74, 90, 92, 93
(directly at the station)
Construction
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 2001
Electrified 750 V (DC) overhead lines
Services
Preceding station   Newark Light Rail   Following station
toward Grove Street
Grove Street – Newark Penn

Branch Brook Park Station is a station located at Anthony Place (formerly North Fifth Street) north of Heller Parkway on the Newark City Subway branch of the Newark Light Rail. This station was opened in 2001 to replace a previous streetcar loop at this stop, then called Franklin Avenue Station to allow for longer vehicles to be used that replaced the PCC streetcars that previously ran the line,[1] and also replaced the now-shuttered Heller Parkway Station The station was named for Branch Brook Park and is the northernmost Newark Light Rail station along the west side of the park.

Prior to the opening of the line to Grove Street in Bloomfield, this stop was the final stop on the Newark City Subway. Some rush hour service still terminates here on a tail track north of the station. An 80 space park and ride lot is located one block from the station.

Heller Parkway station[edit]

Heller Parkway station in February 2015 with all facilities intact

Heller Parkway station was originally opened in 1935, and was the northern terminus of the Newark City Subway system until 1940 when North Sixth Street Station was built. Heller Parkway station continued to operate until June 21, 2002. Access to the Heller Parkway bridge is available through a long ramp between the bridge and the south end of one of the platforms.

Franklin Avenue station[edit]

A former Route #7 PCC Streetcar at Franklin Avenue station in 1985.

Originally known as North Sixth Street Newark City Subway station, it was built in 1940. Later as the turning loop was built, the station was moved closer to Anthony Street and named Franklin Avenue NCS station in 1953. When New Jersey Transit replaced the PCC cars with longer and more modern Kinki Sharyo light rail vehicles, Franklin Avenue station was closed on August 25, 2001 and replaced with an elongated ramp leading to the current station.

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