Mountain View station

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Mountain View-Wayne
Mountain View Station.jpg
Mountain View station facing northbound at the station canopy. The grade crossing with U.S. Route 202 is visible in the distance.
Location 40 Erie Avenue
Wayne, New Jersey 07470
Coordinates 40°54′50″N 74°16′03″W / 40.91389°N 74.26750°W / 40.91389; -74.26750Coordinates: 40°54′50″N 74°16′03″W / 40.91389°N 74.26750°W / 40.91389; -74.26750
Owned by New Jersey Transit
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 871
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code 1773 (Erie Railroad)[1]
Fare zone 9
History
Rebuilt 1963
Electrified Not electrified
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 146 (average weekday)[2]
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

Mountain View, signed on the platform as Mountain View–Wayne, is a station maintained by New Jersey Transit in Wayne, New Jersey. The station is located on the Montclair-Boonton Line, a merge of the Boonton Line and Montclair Branch in 2002. Prior to the Montclair Connection in 2002,[3] the station was served by the Boonton Line. The station maintains one high-level side platform for the lone revenue service track. The station is located on Erie Avenue, just off of U.S. Route 202 and New Jersey Route 23 in downtown Wayne. Since January 2008, Mountain View station is the second of two stations in Wayne, the other being the Wayne Route 23 Transit Center, a station off the Westbelt interchange.[4] The station boasts 389 parking spaces on four different lots maintained by New Jersey Transit throughout Wayne. Bike lockers are also available.

The station is located in New Jersey Transit's ninth fare zone. Service southbound from the station terminates at Hoboken Terminal. Transfers at Newark Broad Street allow for travel to New York Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The station is served by one bus line, the No. 871, a former Morris County Metro Bus Line. Mountain View is accessible for handicapped persons under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As of the July, 2014, five inbound (to Hoboken) trains stop at Mountain View on weekday mornings, while ten outbound trains (from Hoboken) stop on weekday afternoons/evenings. There is no weekend service to Mountain View, as all service terminates at Bay Street station in Montclair, New Jersey. However, during holidays, three of extra trains heading to Lake Hopatcong stop at Mountain View along with three heading to Hoboken Terminal. Trains continuing northbound next stop at Lincoln Park Station in its namesake town of Lincoln Park.

Station layout and services[edit]

The Mountain View station facing northbound from the high-level platform

Mountain View station has a large station complex, consisting of four parking lots maintained by New Jersey Transit totaling up to 389 parking spaces, eight of which are handicap-accessible. The first of these lots is the main station lot, which has 228 parking spaces on Erie Avenue. All eight handicap spaces are located in that lot. The second lot has seventeen spaces located at Williams Street and Greenwood Avenue. A third lot is also located on this block, consisting of 26 spaces. A fourth and final parking lot is present on Greenwood Avenue near New Jersey Route 23, which makes up the final 118 spaces. There is no parking fee for any of the four lots.[5] The station receives bus service from one line, the No. 871, which was one of the Morris County Metro lines.[6][7]

Train service to Mountain View is limited to rush hour trains. On weekday mornings, heading to Hoboken Terminal, Mountain View sees only five trains in three hours, running from 6:10 am to 9:24 am. On weekday afternoons, heading away from Hoboken Mountain View sees ten trains in ten hours, starting at 2:58 pm and ending at 1:46 the next morning. A transfer for the last train is required at Montclair State University Station to approach Mountain View. No weekend service is provided to Mountain View, as Montclair-Boonton line weekend service ends at Bay Street station in Montclair. Six special holiday trains that run to Lake Hopatcong station do stop at Mountain View. There is a ticket vending machine available. Tickets cost $9.25 to go to New York Pennsylvania Station and $8.25 to go Hoboken Terminal.[6]

History[edit]

Erie Railroad & Erie-Lackawanna Railroad[edit]

The Mountain View station was one of two stations in Wayne built on the New York and Greenwood Lake Railway, run by the Erie Railroad. The line ran from the Erie's Pavonia Terminal in Jersey City to Sterling Forest station on the New JerseyNew York state line. There was a second station constructed in Wayne, north of Mountain View at the Ryerson Avenue crossing.[8] In 1935, train service was cut back to Wanaque-Midvale station in Wanaque, New Jersey. After the Erie Railroad and Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad merged in October 1960, plans started in 1963 to abandon the former Lackawanna Boonton Branch, a freight railroad built in 1869. This line also had a second Mountain View station. That year, the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad tied the Boonton Line and Greenwood Lake lines together at Mountain View Junction. The portion of the Boonton Branch east of the junction was abandoned and the Greenwood Lake was reduced to shuttle service north of Mountain View.[9]

At that time, the wooden station depot at Mountain View built by the Erie was demolished and replaced by an Armco metal building on the platform, which boasted two tracks. One track served as the new Boonton Line, which turned westward to Lincoln Park. The other track served as the transfer for the now Wanaque-Midvale shuttle, serving the old Greenwood Lake north of Mountain View, including the Ryerson Avenue station. The shuttle service was discontinued in October 1966, along with the Ryerson Avenue station.[9] The track was torn up south of Pequannock and as a result, the station shelter and canopy resides on the old shuttle track. The track redirected onto the Boonton Branch is still in use and is the lone track through Mountain View.

Lackawanna Railroad station[edit]

The former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad station in Mountain View in February 2011

There was a second station in Mountain View, used by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad for its Boonton Branch. This station was reconstructed in 1909 out of concrete and located 20.8 miles (33.5 km) from Hoboken Terminal. The station was located 0.3 miles (0.48 km) from the junction with the Greenwood Lake Branch, with a wooden tower built in 1904. Originally, two tracks were present at the station, but in the 1920s, a third and fourth track were installed along the line, as well as the creation of a new shelter and a tunnel to keep people from having to cross the tracks to reach opposite platforms.[10] Service on this line was discontinued on October 25, 1963 as the latter part of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad's Passaic Plan and evidence of the freight house platforms, stairways, track dividers, etc. are still visible.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS". New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Montclair-Boonton Line" (PDF). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center Opens January 12, 2008". New Jersey Transit. January 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Station Park & Ride Guide - Mountain View". New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Montclair-Boonton Line Timetables (PDF) (November 7, 2010 ed.). New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 2010. pp. 1–4. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "NJ Transit Further Improves Morris County Bus Service" (Press release). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Map of Erie Railroad Stations (Map). Cartography by Erie Railroad. Erie Railroad. 1920. 
  9. ^ a b Yanosey, Robert J. (2006). Erie Railroad Facilities (In Color). Volume 1: New Jersey. Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Morning Sun Books Inc. p. 76. ISBN 1-58248-183-0. 
  10. ^ Taber, Thomas Townsend; Taber, Thomas Townsend III (1981). The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in the Twentieth Century. 2. Muncy, PA: Privately printed. p. 753. ISBN 0-9603398-3-3. 
  11. ^ Google (16 November 2010). "Aerial of Parish Drive over former Lackawanna Railroad tracks" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 

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