Montclair Heights station
A westbound train departs Montclair Heights station in February 2015. The campus of Montclair State University is visible on the right side.
|Owned by||New Jersey Transit|
|Platforms||2 low level side platforms with mini-high sections|
|Connections|| NJT Bus: 28, 191, and 705
|Bicycle facilities||parking racks|
|Station code||1745 (Erie Railroad)|
|Electrified||30 September 2002|
|Passengers (2012)||336 (average weekday)|
Montclair Heights is a New Jersey Transit station in Montclair, New Jersey along the Montclair-Boonton Line. The name of the station comes from the nearby community, which consists of parts of both Montclair and neighboring Clifton that share the Montclair Heights name.
Montclair Heights is also the highest station in Montclair by elevation, at approximately 365 feet (111 m) above sea level, and is along the First Watchung Mountain, two blocks from Mills Reservation, a park on the top of the mountain.
Depending on from where one takes the train, it is either the first or last stop of the six train stations in Montclair. The station is mile point 14.9 on the line. The station is between 36 and 53 minutes away from New York Penn Station, depending on how many stops the train makes, and between 35 and 45 minutes from Hoboken. The station is located on Normal Avenue at Carlisle Road, near the southwestern corner of Montclair State University's campus, and has several signs located trackside that call the station "Home of Montclair State University".
Prior to the construction of the Montclair State University station, Montclair Heights was used as a transfer station for trains heading west towards Dover and Hackettstown on the Montclair-Boonton Line. The reason for this was that all trains going to points north of the station were required to be diesel-powered, while trains going to New York Penn Station are all electric because of problems with diesel fumes in the tunnels under the Hudson River.
The present station was built by NJ Transit in 1998 and is accessible with a mini-high loading platform and ramp at the south end on both tracks.
Most Montclair-Boonton trains stop here. Some trains after noon traveling between Hoboken and places between Dover and Hackettstown skip this station. All of the trains to or from New York, except the first inbound train in the early morning, stop here, and all trains going between Montclair State University and Hoboken stop here.
Weekend service is not provided.
While not directly served by any buses, connections can be made from the station by walking one block to either nearby Montclair State University's bus stop or Valley Road. New Jersey Transit's 28, 191, and 705 buses as well as DeCamp's 66 bus all stop near the station.
Two routes of the Montclair State University shuttle stops at the Montclair Heights station and goes to points around the campus.
Bus number 28 goes between Newark Penn station and Montclair State University, on weekends to Willowbrook Mall. This bus also stops at the next three train stations, Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, and Watchung Avenue, and also three more down the line.
DeCamp Bus Lines' route 66 stops on nearby Valley Road or at the University's bus stop, where some of the NJ Transit buses also go. It goes to New York City, and does not accept passengers to intermediate places, only New York.
- Shaw, William H. (1884). History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. 2. Essex County, New Jersey: Everts & Peck.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Montclair Heights (NJT station).|