Plainfield station

Coordinates: 40°37′6″N 74°25′15″W / 40.61833°N 74.42083°W / 40.61833; -74.42083
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Plainfield Station from North Avenue.jpg
General information
Location145 East 4th Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
Owned byNJ Transit
Line(s)Raritan Valley Line
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsNJ Transit Bus: 59, 65, 66, 113, 114, 819, 822, 986
Bicycle facilitiesYes; bike racks
Other information
Fare zone11[1]
OpenedJanuary 1, 1839[2]
March 1901[3]
2012893 (average weekday)[4]
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Dunellen Raritan Valley Line Netherwood
Grant Avenue
Closed 1986
Former services
Preceding station Central Railroad of New Jersey Following station
toward Scranton
Main Line Netherwood
Grant Avenue
toward Somerville
Somerville – Jersey City
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
Wayne Junction
toward Chicago
Main Line Elizabeth
Bound Brook Philadelphia – Jersey City
Plainfield Station
Central Railroad Station, Plainfield, New Jersey (1906).jpg
Plainfield station in 1907
LocationNorth Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Coordinates40°37′6″N 74°25′15″W / 40.61833°N 74.42083°W / 40.61833; -74.42083
Area3.5 acres (1.4 ha)
Built1902 (1902)
ArchitectBradford L. Gilbert; Joseph Osgood
Architectural styleRenaissance
MPSOperating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference No.84002837[5]
Added to NRHPJune 22, 1984

Plainfield is a NJ Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line, in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, United States. One of two train stations in Plainfield, this station serves the central part of the city. The ticket office and waiting area are in the south side station house (the eastbound platform). It was the westernmost station on the line with ADA accessibility, until Somerville's new high-level platforms were opened on December 7, 2010.[6]


Plainfield station was originally built by Bradford L. Gilbert and Joseph Osgood for the Central Railroad of New Jersey in 1902. As with the rest of the CNJ, the station was subsidized by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in 1964 and absorbed into Conrail in 1976. The station is one of the two surviving CNJ stations in Plainfield (the other being Netherwood station), whereas the community previously had five; the other three being at Grant Avenue, Clinton Avenue, and another station named Evona. It been listed in the state and federal registers of historic places since 1984 and along with Netherwood is part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.[5][7][8] The station underwent a reconstruction project in 2010 and kept its listing.

Station layout[edit]

Plainfield station, ca. 1910

The station has two high-level side platforms.

Platform layout
Side platform
Track 1      Raritan Valley Line toward Raritan or High Bridge (Dunellen)
Track 2      Raritan Valley Line toward Newark Penn Station (Netherwood)
Side platform
G Street level Station building, parking, buses

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Raritan Valley Line Timetables" (PDF). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Wyckoff, Jane Bower (April 21, 1949). "Development of Jersey Central Spurred by Plainfield Enthusiasts". The Plainfield Courier-News. p. 17. Retrieved July 7, 2020 – via open access
  3. ^ "Central Railroad News". The Wilkes-Barre Times. March 19, 1901. p. 6. Retrieved August 28, 2020 – via open access
  4. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 19, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "National Register Information System – (#84002837)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "Somerville Station: New High-Level Platforms Open Tuesday, December 7". Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. December 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Plainfield New Jersey Transit Railroad Station Survey
  8. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved January 7, 2015.

External links[edit]

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