Journal Square Transportation Center
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Owned by||Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Connections|| NJT Bus: 1, 2, 6, 10, 64, 67, 80, 83, 84, 87, 88, 119, 125, 319
A&C Bus Corporation (Bergen Avenue, 440 Shopper, Society Hill)
|Parking||464-car parking garage|
|Rebuilt||1968 to mid-1970s|
|Electrified||600V (DC) Third Rail|
|Passengers (2015)||8,175,580 1.2%|
The Journal Square Transportation Center is a multi-modal transportation hub located on Kennedy Boulevard at Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. Owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the complex includes a ten-story tower, a retail plaza, a bus terminal, a two-level parking facility, and the Journal Square station of the PATH rail transit system. The underground station has a high ceiling and a mezzanine level connecting the platforms. The upper level of the station contains a bank of escalators leading to street level, elevators to parking, and a series of escalators leading to the street-level bus bays.
History and vicinity
The JSTC was originally the site of the Summit Avenue Station of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad. Summit Avenue station was built on April 14, 1912. The district was renamed Journal Square in the 1920s.
The open-spandrel concrete arch bridge carrying Kennedy Boulevard and the station, built in 1926, is a pared-down version of a more ambitious elevated plaza scheme proposed by consulting engineer Abraham Burton Cohen. Passageways were suspended from the arches to connect the railroad station to bus stops on the bridge deck above. The original mid-roadway bus stop islands have since been removed.
The H&M was acquired by PATH in 1962, and reconstruction of the station began in 1968. Though the cornerstone was installed on September 20, 1972, the center itself was opened in stages in 1973, 1974, and 1975 during the late phases of the Brutalist architecture movement. It is constructed over the Bergen Hill Cut, an excavated ravine, originally opened in 1834 and later used by the Jersey City Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Freight trains on the Passaic and Harsimus Line occasionally make use of the cut to traverse the Palisades along tracks north of the mass transit system.
The center is sometimes viewed as having contributed to the decline of the district by moving the train-bus interchange, and thus pedestrians, away from other commercial activities around the square.
The Loew's Jersey Theater, the Stanley Theater, Hudson County Community College, Journal Squared, Hudson County Courthouse and Hudson County Administration Building are in the immediate vicinity. Nearby are the neighborhoods Bergen Square, India Square, Marion Section, Five Corners, the Hilltop, and McGinley Square site of Beacon and Saint Peter's College.
|Ground||Street level||PATH exit/entrance, bus terminal|
|Mezzanine||Mezzanine||Entrance/Exit, automatic ticket dispensing machines, one-way faregates|
|Platforms||Westbound||← NWK-WTC toward Newark (Harrison)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Westbound||← JSQ-33 JSQ-33 (via HOB) alighting passengers only|
|Eastbound||→ JSQ-33 toward 33rd Street (Grove Street) →
→ JSQ-33 (via HOB) toward 33rd Street (Grove Street) →
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Eastbound||→ NWK-WTC toward World Trade Center (Grove Street) →|
The Journal Square PATH station opened on April 14, 1912, as the Summit Avenue Station of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad. Currently it is served by two lines of the Port Authority Trans Hudson, being the terminus of the Journal Square–33rd Street and Journal Square–33rd Street (via Hoboken) lines on weekdays and weekends/late nights respectively. At the platform level, the inside tracks are typically used by trains on the Journal Square–33rd Street and Journal Square–33rd Street (via Hoboken) lines, while the outside tracks are used by trains on the Newark–World Trade Center line.
Regular frequent bus service is provided by New Jersey Transit and private enterprises for points throughout Hudson County and to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. There is also service to Newark, Hackensack, the Jersey Shore and Atlantic City . Bus arrivals and departures use platforms accessible from within the station or via Pavonia or Sip Avenues.
- "PATH Ridership Report" (PDF). pathnynj.gov. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
-  Wikipmapia JSQ Trans Ctr
- Cohen, A. Burton. "Hudson County Boulevard Bridge Plaza." Purdue Engineering Review 21, No. 4 (May 1926): 3-6, 22.
- Construction of The PATH Journal Square Transportation Center; 1968
- Port Authority:JSQ Trans Ctr history
- Angel, Karen. "Journal Squared: A Jersey City neighborhood's housing multiplies." The New York Daily News. Friday November 13, 2009. 1. Retrieved on November 13, 2009.
- Robinson statue and marker
- Port Authority: JSQ Trans Ctr
- Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
- JSQ carriers and routes
- NJT bus 1 schedule
- NJT bus 2 schedule
- NJT bus 6 schedule
- NJT bus 64 schedule
- NJT bus 67 schedule
- NJT 80 schedule Archived July 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- NJT 83 schedule
- NJT 84 schedule
- NJT bus 87 schedule
- NJT bus 88 schedule
- NJT bus 125 schedule
- NJT bus 319 schedule
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