North Bergen Yard

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The North Bergen Yard is freight rail yard and intermodal terminal in North Bergen, New Jersey parallel to Tonnelle Avenue between 49th and 69th Streets. Located within the North Jersey Shared Assets Area, the facility is part of CSX Transportation (CSXT) and the origination point of its CSX River Subdivision at the southern end of the Albany Division. On its west side, the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYSW) runs the length of the yard and operates a bulk transloading operation immediately adjacent to it.

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A rail right of way was laid at the foot of the western slope of the Hudson Palisades in 1859 by the Northern Railroad of New Jersey to Croxton, Jersey City, and by 1874 the Hudson Connecting Railway had parallel alignment, now part of NYSW. In 1883 the West Shore Railroad had also laid tracks. The lines travelled to Marion Junction where using the New Jersey Railroad (later the Pennsylvania (PRR)) they passed through the Bergen Hill Cut to the Pennsylvania RR Depot at Exchange Place. Passenger service passing through yard was provided by the Erie Railroad's Northern Branch, which along with NYSW for a time stopped at Susquehanna Transfer, about a half mile to the south of the yard before proceeding to the Pavonia Terminal. After 1886, and until discontinuation of service in 1959, West Shore Railroad trains travelling to and from Weehawken Terminal would join the right of way at a rail junction at the yards southern end just west of its tunnel under Bergen Hill. This tunnel was also later used by Conrail's River Line until in an agreement with New Jersey Transit the trackage was upgraded and freight shifted to the west side of the Hudson Palisades.[1]


The new trackage south of yard travels into Jersey City. Known as the Northern Running Track,it junctions with the National Docks Secondary which travels southeast through the Long Dock Tunnel to Port Jersey. At Marion Junction it becomes the Marion Running Track to the Passaic and Harsimus Line which travels southwest across the Hackensack River, the Kearny Meadows and the Passaic River to Oak Island Yard. The running track also provides a connection to Norfolk Southern's intermodal operations at Croxton Yard from the south.

NYSW operations terminate at the Landbridge Terminal. near Secaucus Road.[2]

HBLR Northern Branch[edit]

The current northern terminus of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) is a balloon loop just west of the Tonnelle Avenue station directly adjacent to the yard. The Northern Branch Corridor Project is a proposed restoration of passenger service through an extension of the HBLR. Plans call for a flyover over the yard and light rail trackage along it western side.[3]

69th Street Bridge[edit]

At the northern end of the yard, work has begun on a bridge to replace the current grade crossing at 69th Street between Tonnelle Avenue and West Side Avenue, parallel to the Cromakill Creek.[4] Significant delays caused by long trains create considerable congestion for those working and shopping in the area.[5] Located midway between the current terminus near 49th Street and the first proposed station at 91st Street, the site was at one time planned to be a stop along the HBLR Northern Branch Corridor,[6] though current plans do not include one.[4]

Estimated to cost $67 million in 2005, the project has had sporadic funding since its inception.[7] In May 2006, NJT announced that $38 million had been allocated for the project.[8] Approval for construction was given in 2007.[9] and ground was broken in October 2008.[5] The New Jersey Department of Transportation has allocated multi-year funding for the project in its Capital Program: $10 million in 2009,[10] $15 million in 2010[11] $10 million in 2011[12][13] at which time remaining construction costs were estimated to be $55 million.[13] There was no allocation made for 2012.[14]


Above 69th Street trackage continues north to the former Granton Junction and Babbitt Station[15] CSX's stub-ended Northern Branch continues north as a spur line to the New York State Line. The right of way shared by CSX and NYSW mainlines veers to the northwest to the Little Ferry Yard,[16] which despite its name is located in Ridgefield, New Jersey under the New Jersey Turnpike. It then crosses Overpeck Creek, passing Ridgefield Park (NYCRR/NYS&W station) into Bogota, where CSX and NYSW diverge.

CSX trackage to this point was formerly part of the Bergen Subdivision, The River Line continues north along the original West Shore Railroad alignment through Bergen County, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York reaching the river for which it is named after passing through a tunnel at Haverstraw, and continuing north to a point near Selkirk Yard where it junctions with the Port Subdivision and Castleton Subdivision.

The NYSW at Bogota veers west crossing the Hackensack River, and at Paterson, the Passaic River to Sparta. It crosses the state line into New York at Warwick.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Berliner, Harvey L; Campo, David W.; Dickerson, Charles N.; Mack, Glenn. "Design and Construction of the Weehawken Tunnel and Bergenline Avenue Station for the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail Transit System" (PDF). Civil Design. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  2. ^ NYSW in North Bergen "North Bergen, NJ" Check |url= value (help). New York Susquehanna and Western. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
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  4. ^ a b "69th Street Bridge" (PDF). Final Scoping Document Northern Branch Corridor Project. USDOT, FTA, NJT. March 2008. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b "WORK BEGINS ON 69TH STREET IMPROVEMENTS IN NORTH BERGEN New overpass will enhance safety and relieve traffic congestion" (Press release). New Jersey Transit. October 17, 2008. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Proposed West Shore Map". New Jersey Transit. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  7. ^ Hague, Jim (June 6, 2005), "Proposed $67M overpass in jeopardy", The Hudson Reporter, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  8. ^ Hague, Jim (May 9, 2006), "Finally - a bridge over the trains 69th Street overpass gets $38M state funding approval", Hudson Reporter, retrieved 2011-12-24 
  9. ^ "NJ Transit Gives 69th Street Bridge Improvements Project "Green Light"" (Press release). New Jersey Transit. July 11, 2007. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  10. ^ "69th Street Bridge (02311)" (pdf). FY 2009 TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL PROGRAM New Jersey Department of Transportation Projects. New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  11. ^ "69th Street Bridge (02311)" (pdf). FY 2010 TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL PROGRAM New Jersey Department of Transportation Projects. New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  12. ^ "69th Street Bridge (02311)" (pdf). FY 2011 TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL PROGRAM New Jersey Department of Transportation Projects. New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  13. ^ a b McDonald, Terrence (March 28, 2011), "$551M in transportation plan for Hudson County", The Jersey Journal, retrieved 2011-12-24 
  14. ^ "FY 2011 TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL PROGRAM New Jersey Department of Transportation Projects" (pdf). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  15. ^ Kaminski, Edward S. (2010), NEW YORK, SUSQUEHANNA & WESTERN RAILROAD IN NEW JERSEY, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 9780738573670 
  16. ^ "Regional Intermodal Rail Facilities". Guide to Port of New York and New Jersey. PANYNJ. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 

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Coordinates: 40°47′35″N 74°01′48″W / 40.793°N 74.030°W / 40.793; -74.030