Somerville station

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Somerville
Somerville Station Construction.jpg
The new Somerville station with high-level platform in construction during May 2011.
Location100 South Bridge Street,
Somerville, NJ 08876
Coordinates40°33′58″N 74°36′51″W / 40.5661°N 74.6141°W / 40.5661; -74.6141Coordinates: 40°33′58″N 74°36′51″W / 40.5661°N 74.6141°W / 40.5661; -74.6141
Owned byNJ Transit
Line(s)
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsNJT Bus NJT Bus: 65, 114
Construction
ParkingYes, free
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone17[1]
History
OpenedJanuary 1, 1842[2]
RebuiltNovember 28, 1856,[3] May 1867,[4] 1891[5]
Traffic
Passengers (2012)677 (average weekday)[6]
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Raritan Raritan Valley Line Bridgewater
Finderne
Closed 2006
Former services
Preceding station Central Railroad of New Jersey Following station
Raritan Main Line Manville–Finderne
Terminus Somerville – Jersey City
Local
Roycefield
toward Flemington
South Branch Terminus

Somerville is a NJ Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line, located south of the downtown center of Somerville, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. The historic station building on the north side of the tracks has been restored and now is used by a law firm. Parking lots are located to the south of the station and there is a tunnel there to access the platforms. Like many of the stations on the Raritan Valley Line, Somerville was not a wheelchair accessible station until December 7, 2010.

In 2004, the station's parking lot was expanded, toward the two railroad tracks, from the south side, to include parking for another 68 cars. These spaces are no longer available as a construction project is in progress.

Historical building, former train station, 2008

At some point, the stationhouse and the train tracks were on the same level. An historical photo of the Somerville station with the tracks in front of it can be seen in the Arcadia Publishing historical photo book Somerset County in Postcards, by Alan A. Siegel, Somerset County Historical Society (ISBN 0-7385-0078-X). In 2009, a reconstruction project began at the station to install high-level platforms and make the station handicap accessible. This project includes new ramps, renovations to the existing tunnel, rehabilitation of the existing freight elevator shafts, a new tunnel headhouse, and demolition of the two existing waiting rooms. It was announced on December 1, 2010 that the high level platforms will open on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 to allow for demolition of the low level platforms and continued platform construction.[7] The historic station depot is being kept.[8]

Starting January 12, 2015, NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line started mid-town direct service between New York City and Somerville and its surrounding area.

Station layout[edit]

The station has two high-level side platforms.

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

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bianculli, Anthony J. (2001). Trains and Technology: Track and Structures. University of Delaware Press. ISBN 9780874138023.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raritan Valley Line Timetables" (PDF). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "Original Route of New Jersey Central Railroad Followed Old Post Road Between Plainfield, Elizabethport, Historian Says". The Plainfield Courier-News. December 31, 1938. p. 7. Retrieved March 27, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ Bianculli 2001, p. 152.
  4. ^ Bianculli 2001, p. 151.
  5. ^ Morrison, Cheryl (April 3, 1972). "Commuters Make Way for Urban Renewal". The Plainfield Courier-News. p. 17. Retrieved March 26, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  7. ^ "Somerville Station: New High-Level Platforms Open Tuesday, December 7". Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  8. ^ "NJ Transit Begins Reconstruction of Somerville Station" (Press release). New Jersey Transit. 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2010-02-14.

External links[edit]

Media related to Somerville (NJT station) at Wikimedia Commons