Newark Broad Street station

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Newark Broad Street
Broad St Sta Newark tower jeh.jpg
LocationLackawanna Avenue and Broad Street, Newark, NJ
Coordinates40°44′51″N 74°10′19″W / 40.74750°N 74.17194°W / 40.74750; -74.17194
Owned byNJ Transit
Line(s)Hoboken Division
PlatformsCommuter rail: 1 island, 1 side
Light rail: 1 island
Tracks3 (Commuter Rail)
2 (Light rail)
ConnectionsNJT Bus NJT Bus: 11, 13, 27, 28, 29, 30, 41, 72, 76, 78, and 108
Construction
Platform levels2
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone2 (commuter rail only)[1]
History
OpenedNovember 19, 1836[2]
Rebuilt1903, 2008
Passengers
20172,996 (average weekday)[3][4]
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
East Orange
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch Secaucus Junction
Hoboken
Terminus
Watsessing Avenue Montclair-Boonton Line Secaucus Junction
Hoboken
Terminus
East Orange Morristown Line Secaucus Junction
Hoboken
Terminus
Washington Park Broad Street – Newark Penn Terminus
Riverfront Stadium
One-way operation
Former services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Watsessing
toward Bay Street
Montclair Branch Hoboken
Terminus
Ampere
toward Bay Street
Roseville Avenue
toward Bay Street
Montclair Branch
until 1984
Harrison
toward Hoboken
Grove Street
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch
until April 7, 1991
Hoboken
Terminus
Grove Street Morristown Line
until April 7, 1991
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
Roseville Avenue
toward Buffalo
Main Line Hoboken
Terminus
Roseville Avenue
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch
Roseville Avenue
toward Montclair
Montclair Branch Harrison
toward Hoboken
Newark Broad Street Station
Newark Broad Street station is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Newark Broad Street station
LocationBroad St and University Ave., Newark, NJ 07102
Coordinates40°44′50″N 74°10′20″W / 40.74722°N 74.17222°W / 40.74722; -74.17222Coordinates: 40°44′50″N 74°10′20″W / 40.74722°N 74.17222°W / 40.74722; -74.17222
Area1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Built1901
ArchitectFrank J. Nies
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Renaissance
MPSOperating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference No.84002662[5]
Added to NRHPJune 22, 1984

Newark Broad Street is a NJ Transit commuter rail and light rail station at 25 University Avenue in Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. Built in 1903, the station's historic architecture includes an elegant clock tower and a brick and stone façade on the station's main building.

History[edit]

The current station is the second on the site. The original station opened on November 19, 1836 at the east end of the opening segment of the Morris and Essex Railroad to Orange; for the first couple of decades trains east of Newark ran over the New Jersey Rail Road to Jersey City. The present station opened in 1903 after two years of construction, located on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad main line from Hoboken to Denville, Scranton and Buffalo The Newark Drawbridge connecting to the station and crossing the Passaic River to the east also opened in 1903. A number of western expansions were built, and Hoboken Terminal, the current eastern end of the line, opened in 1907. In 1945, the Morris and Essex Railroad officially merged into the Lackawanna Railroad, which had leased it since 1868 (though the Morris and Essex' separate identity had been largely lost years before). DL&W merged with the Erie Railroad in 1960 to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, which was absorbed by Conrail in 1976; NJ Transit has operated all passenger service since 1983.

The station had served several Lackawanna and then Erie Lackwanna passenger trains. These included the Lake Cities, Owl/New York Mail, Twilight/Pocono Express and the DLW flagship train, the Phoebe Snow.[6][7] However, all intercity service ended by 1970.

The station building has been listed in the state and federal registers of historic places since 1984[8] and is part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.[9]

Renovation[edit]

From 2004 to 2008 the station was renovated. The station changed from having 2 outside low platforms, with walkways across one track to the middle track, to having 2 high platforms, one of them an island platform, to facilitate cross-platform transfers. The historic westbound shelter was removed in the project and new westbound waiting areas were built.

Station layout and services[edit]

Broad Street Station is currently served by the Montclair-Boonton Line and both branches of the Morris and Essex Lines –– the Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch. All three lines either proceed to Secaucus Junction en route to New York Penn Station or terminate in Hoboken.

This station is also the northern terminus of the Newark Light Rail Broad Street Extension line from Newark Penn Station. Service on this line opened on July 17, 2006, although light rail service was unavailable from March through July 2008 due to a partial collapse of the former Westinghouse factory adjacent to the station during demolition. This allows passengers on the two commuter lines serving Broad Street to easily transfer to Newark Penn, and vice versa. Previously, passengers wishing to transfer in Newark had to make their own way (usually by bus or taxi) between the two stations.

P
Platform level
Track 3      Morristown Line toward Dover or Hackettstown (East Orange)
     Gladstone Branch toward Gladstone (East Orange)
     Montclair-Boonton Line toward Bay Street, Montclair State University or Hackettstown (Watsessing Avenue)
Island platform
Track 1      Morristown Line toward Dover or Hackettstown (East Orange)
     Gladstone Branch toward Gladstone (East Orange)
               Morristown, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton lines toward Hoboken (Terminus)
               Morristown, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton lines toward New York Penn Station (Secaucus Junction)
Track 2                Morristown, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton lines toward Hoboken (Terminus)
               Morristown, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton lines toward New York Penn Station (Secaucus Junction)
Side platform
G Street level Station house, buses
Light Rail      Broad Street – Newark Penn toward Newark Penn Station (Washington Park)
Island platform
Light Rail      Broad Street – Newark Penn toward Newark Penn Station (Washington Park)

Gallery[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Douglass, A.M. (1912). The Railroad Trainman, Volume 29. Cleveland, Ohio: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Retrieved April 4, 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morris and Essex Timetables" (PDF). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Douglass 1912, p. 339.
  3. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  6. ^ 1954 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad timetable http://viewoftheblue.com/photography/timetables/DLW042554.pdf
  7. ^ 1961 Erie-Lackawanna timetable https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/ERIE_TABLE1_19610625.png
  8. ^ Essex County Listings, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed July 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Newark Broad Street Station New Jersey Transit Railroad Station Survey

External links[edit]

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