Plainfield station

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Plainfield Station from North Avenue.jpg
LocationNorth Avenue ( Route 28) between
Gavett Place and Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Owned byNJ Transit
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsNJT Bus NJT Bus: 59, 65, 66, 113, 114, 819, 822, and 986
(all buses except 986 on Watchung Avenue)
Bicycle facilitiesYes; bike racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone11[1]
Rebuilt1873, 1901[2]
Passengers (2012)893 (average weekday)[3]
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
Dunellen Main Line Elizabeth
Roselle Park (CNJ)
Grant Avenue (CNJ)
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
Plainfield station is located in Union County, New Jersey
Plainfield station
Plainfield station is located in New Jersey
Plainfield station
Plainfield station is located in the United States
Plainfield station
LocationNorth Avenue Route 28, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Coordinates40°37′6″N 74°25′15″W / 40.61833°N 74.42083°W / 40.61833; -74.42083Coordinates: 40°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 #84002837[4]
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.[5]


Plainfield station, ca. 1910

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.[4][6][7] The station underwent a reconstruction project in 2010 and kept its listing.

Station layout[edit]

The station has two high-level side platforms.

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 1      Raritan Valley Line toward Raritan or High Bridge (Dunellen)
Track 2      Raritan Valley Line toward Newark – Penn or New York (Netherwood)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Station building, ticket machine, parking

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. ^ a b Bernhart, Benjamin L. (2004). Historic Journeys By Rail: Central Railroad of New Jersey Stations, Structures & Marine Equipment. Outer Station Project. p. 61. ISBN 1891402072.
  3. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 19, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Somerville Station: New High-Level Platforms Open Tuesday, December 7". Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  6. ^ Plainfield New Jersey Transit Railroad Station Survey
  7. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 7 January 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Plainfield (NJT station) at Wikimedia Commons