Richard Street (HBLR station)

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Richard Street
The signage for the former Morris Canal with the station for Richard Street in March 2015.
Location Richard Street & Garfield Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
Coordinates 40°41′57″N 74°04′43″W / 40.6991°N 74.0787°W / 40.6991; -74.0787Coordinates: 40°41′57″N 74°04′43″W / 40.6991°N 74.0787°W / 40.6991; -74.0787
Owned by New Jersey Transit
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1
Opened April 22, 2000
Electrified 750 V (DC) overhead catenary
Preceding station   Hudson–Bergen Light Rail   Following station
toward 8th Street
8th Street–Hoboken
toward Hoboken

Richard Street is a station on the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) located east of Garfield Avenue adjacent to Bayside Park in the Greenville section of Jersey City, New Jersey. There are two tracks and an island platform.


Direct southbound service travels through Bayonne where it terminates at 8th Street.

Direct northbound service travels to Hoboken Terminal, where connection to PATH to midtown Manhattan and to commuter trains are available. The line travels via Liberty State Park, where transfer to the West Side Branch is available, and Downtown Jersey City. Connections to the PATH Newark–World Trade Center line and the Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal are available at Exchange Place.

Continuing northbound service to Hoboken and North Hudson, (at the Weehawken waterfront, Bergenline and the Tonnelle Avenue terminus) requires a transfer at stations between Liberty State Park and Pavonia-Newport.[1]


The station opened on April 22, 2000. It is located along the former Central Railroad of New Jersey right of way, which terminated at Communipaw Terminal. During excavations for its construction, workers came across what appear to be the petrified remains of luggage, which were also found at nearby Danforth Avenue stop.[2][3]

On August 1, 2010, gunfire erupted at the station, sending a group of people running for cover as they were chased by a gunman on the platform. Police arrived at 10:32pm (EST). The gunman and the group were gone, but police recovered three spent bullet casings at the scene, and one bullet projectile at the base of the steps leading to the platform. One of the railings of the steps was struck by one of the bullets. A witness who had been walking about 50 feet behind the group on the platform stated he saw another man run past him and fire three or four shots into the group. No one was shot or injured. The gunman, was described as being in his late teens, 5-foot-8, wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt.[4]


  1. ^ HBLR Lines and Transfers Map
  2. ^ Richard Street station photos
  3. ^ From a plaque located at the Danforth Avenue (HBLR station):
    Immigrant Remnants Found Remains Appear Petrified, Luggage Among Items Unearthed During excavations for the construction of stations along the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System, workers this morning came across what appear to be the petrified remains of luggage and other items buried under many feet of earth. Digging was immediately suspended at two sites after it was noticed that some of the exposed rock looked like old pieces of luggage. As a gathering crows looked on bewildered workers carefully pulled familiar shapes from the ground. By noon a trunk, a violin case, a hat box, a suitcase and some parcels had been counted among the unearthed items. Construction managers at the two affected stations, the Richard Street station and the Danforth Avenue station, declined to officially comment on the bizarre findings. however, witnesses to the events of this morning seem convinced that the delicately articulated rocks were not really rocks at all, but petrified luggage. Dr. Chip Travertine, Associate Professor
  4. ^ Conte, Michaelangelo (August 3, 2010). "Terrifying Gunfire at Light Rail". The Jersey Journal. pp. 1 & 5. 

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