Cranford station

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Cranford Station in August 2014.
Location South Avenue East,
Cranford, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°39′20″N 74°18′10″W / 40.6555°N 74.3028°W / 40.6555; -74.3028Coordinates: 40°39′20″N 74°18′10″W / 40.6555°N 74.3028°W / 40.6555; -74.3028
Platforms 2 side platforms (formerly island platforms)
Tracks 3 (formerly 6)
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 59 and 113
Commuter Bus Olympia Trails: Westfield Commuter Service
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 7
Opened 1839[1]
Rebuilt 1844, 1865, 1906, August 11, 1929[1]
Previous names French House (1839–c. 1865)[1]
Passengers (2012) 1,264 (average weekday)[2]
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
toward High Bridge
Raritan Valley Line

Cranford is a New Jersey Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line, in Cranford, New Jersey. The current Cranford station was built in the mid-1930s by the Central Railroad of New Jersey on an embankment as part of a grade crossing elimination project. Three stations preceded the current building. The station building has a ticket office, waiting area, and offices. The platforms are accessed by stairs and elevators.

The New York/Newark-bound train is on the south side, while the train to points west is on the north side. [3] Buses to New York, including rush hour express buses that are non-stop to NYC, stop on the north side of the station as well.[4]

Following the implementation of the Aldene Plan in 1967, the station served as the western terminus of the Cranford-Bayonne Shuttle. The station is the eastern-most station on the old main line of the Central Railroad of New Jersey still serving as station. Like several other New Jersey Transit lines a once a week freight train can be seen in the early morning hours at Cranford station (which the plan has been currently scrapped due to NJ Transit train delay issues).

Cranford Station has been identified as a stop on the Union go bus expressway, a proposed bus rapid transit line utilizing the a portion of the abandoned Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) right-of-way between it and Midtown Station, a transit hub combining the NJT station and the former CNJ station in Elizabeth.[5] [6][7]

Station layout[edit]

   Raritan Valley Line toward High Bridge (Garwood)
   Raritan Valley Line toward Hoboken or New York (Roselle Park)


  1. ^ a b c Bernhart, Benjamin L. (2004). Historic Journeys By Rail: Central Railroad of New Jersey Stations, Structures & Marine Equipment. Outer Station Project. p. 59. ISBN 1891402072. 
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ Location of westbound platform.; location of eastbound platform.
  4. ^ Location of the bus stop to NYC.
  5. ^ "Union County Go bus expressway" (PDF). NJ Transit Bus Service: The Next Generation. New Jersey Transit. April 26, 2020. Retrieved 2012-03-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Bollwage supports construction of new midtown train station by NJ Transit", Suburban News, March 16, 2012, retrieved 2012-02-01 
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Downtown Multi-Modal Integration Study". North Jersey Transportation Planning Organization. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Cranford (NJT station) at Wikimedia Commons