Montclair Heights station

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Montclair Heights
Montclair Heights Station - February 2015.jpg
A westbound train departs Montclair Heights station in February 2015. The campus of Montclair State University is visible on the right side.
Coordinates 40°51′27″N 74°12′09″W / 40.8576°N 74.2026°W / 40.8576; -74.2026Coordinates: 40°51′27″N 74°12′09″W / 40.8576°N 74.2026°W / 40.8576; -74.2026
Owned by New Jersey Transit
Line(s)
Platforms 2 low level side platforms with mini-high sections
Tracks 2
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 28, 191, and 705
Commuter Bus DeCamp: 66
Construction
Parking 67 spots
Bicycle facilities parking racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code 1745 (Erie Railroad)[1]
Fare zone 6
History
Opened by 1884[2]
Rebuilt 1998
Electrified 30 September 2002
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 336 (average weekday)[3]
Services
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
toward Hackettstown
Montclair-Boonton Line
Preceding station   Erie Railroad   Following station
New York and Greenwood Lake Railroad

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.

Service[edit]

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.

Bus connections[edit]

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.

Bus Number 191 Goes from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to Clifton, New Jersey and Willowbrook Mall. It also stops at Great Notch Station and Little Falls station.

Bus Number 705 goes between Passaic, New Jersey and Willowbrook Mall. It also stops at the Little Falls station.

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.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Shaw, William H. (1884). History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. 2. Essex County, New Jersey: Everts & Peck. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Shaw 1884, p. 100.
  3. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS". New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 

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