Montclair State University station

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Montclair State University Station
at Little Falls
MSU station.JPG
Montclair State University station parking deck
Coordinates 40°52′10″N 74°11′51″W / 40.8695°N 74.1975°W / 40.8695; -74.1975Coordinates: 40°52′10″N 74°11′51″W / 40.8695°N 74.1975°W / 40.8695; -74.1975
Owned by NJ Transit
Platforms 1 high level island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Shuttle Bus MSU campus shuttles
Parking 1530 spots
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 6
Opened October 20, 2004[1]
Electrified yes
Passengers (2017) 583 (average weekday)[2][3]
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
toward Hackettstown
Montclair-Boonton Line
toward Hackettstown
Montclair-Boonton Line

Montclair State University, signed as Montclair State University Station at Little Falls, is a NJ Transit rail station in the Great Notch area of Little Falls, New Jersey on the Montclair-Boonton Line.[4] The station, which opened on October 20, 2004, is located on Clove Road near Route 46 and the Montclair State University campus,[1] and was built at a cost of US$26 million,[5] following the completion of the Montclair Connection. Although the station itself was not officially open, a temporary platform was built to allow the under-construction station to serve one of its main purposes as the Montclair-Boonton Line's primary transfer station.

On weekdays, every train on the Montclair-Boonton Line stops here. Midtown Direct service to New York Penn Station terminates here, as the line west of the nearby yard is not electrified. The station is a major transfer point for riders because many trains terminate here, it is the first station on the line with service to New York Penn Station, and it is the first local stop of express trains. The station is a sheltered, two-tracked island platform with an elevated walkway over the tracks connecting it to the parking deck and the college campus. The station is equipped with ticket machines and DepartureVision monitors displaying arrivals and departures. It is accessible as the platform is fully elevated and elevators are available in addition to stairs. The station was intended to be a park-and-ride, near a highway and with a large parking deck.

There is no connecting bus service directly to the station, as the university's bus stop is on the opposite side of campus near the Montclair Heights station. Campus shuttles, however, do serve the station.

Station layout and service[edit]

Although the Montclair-Boonton Line recently[when?] added weekend service, Montclair State University is not served on weekends as Bay Street is the weekend terminus for trains to and from Hoboken.[6]

The station has one high-level island platform serving trains on both tracks.

M Overpass Connection between platform and parking
Platform level
Outbound Montclair–Boonton Line weekday rush hours toward Hackettstown (Little Falls)
Montclair–Boonton Line weekday other times alighting passengers only
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Inbound Montclair–Boonton Line weekdays toward Hoboken or New York (Montclair Heights)



  1. ^ a b "MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY STATION AND 1,500-SPOT PARKING DECK OFFICIALLY OPENS: "See More Spots" marketing campaign begins". New Jersey Transit. October 20, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  4. ^ "Station Information: Montclair State University". New Jersey Transit. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  5. ^ "NJ TRANSIT AWARDS CONTRACT FOR NEW TRAIN STATION AT MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: $26 Million Project will Support New Direct Rail Service to New York". New Jersey Transit. June 12, 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-07. The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today awarded a $26 million contract to Prismatic Development Corporation of Plainfield, NJ, to design and build a new station, a 1,300-space parking facility and traffic improvements near Montclair State University (MSU) on the Boonton Line in Little Falls.
  6. ^ "Montclair-Booton Line Extends its Trail: MSU Not on the Stop List". The Montclarion (MSU newspaper). 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-18.

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