Cedar Street Subway

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The Cedar Street Subway is a rail tunnel in Newark that allowed street cars (and later buses) access to the subterranean level of the Newark Public Service Terminal. It was built by the Public Service Corporation in 1916, as part of the terminal building, to reduce streetcar congestion at nearby Broad and Market streets, and provided access for a number of surface lines. The tunnel starts at street level at Washington Street and extends two blocks under Cedar Street and across Broad Street.

The subway line opened on April 30, 1916 [1] At that time, four street car lines, which served Central Avenue, Orange, South Orange and Springfield. At its height in 1927, fourteen lines used the subway. An inbound station stop was added inside the tunnel under Cedar Street and Broad Street on January 27, 1927, serving Kresge's Department Store. Later, across the tracks, an outbound platform was added serving McCrory's 5 & 10 store.

On May 8, 1966, the last three bus lines using the Cedar Street Subway, Line 62 to Perth Amboy, Line 128 to Paterson and Line 134 to New Brunswick, operated final service through the tunnel. Since the demolition of the Public Service Terminal in 1981, it has ended at a wall under Broad Street.

As of 2016, the tunnel portal and track stubs is still visible from Washington Street.


Subway portal at Washington Street (2015)
Station Location Notes Date Opened
Public Service Terminal Newark April 30, 1916
Kresge-Broad Street Newark Served the Kresge-Newark department store January 27, 1927
Washington Street Newark April 30,1916


  1. ^ Riley, John Harrington. The Newark City Subway Lines. J.H. Riley, 1987

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