South Orange station

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South Orange
So Orange sta Sloan sunny jeh.jpg
South Orange station at the southwest corner of South Orange Avenue and Sloan Street.
Owned by New Jersey Transit
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform and 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 92 and 107
Local Transit ONE Bus: 31
Construction
Disabled access yes (mini-platform)
Other information
Fare zone 5
History
Rebuilt February 1, 1916[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 3,667 (average weekday)[2]
Services
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch
toward Hackettstown
Morristown Line
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
toward Buffalo
Main Line
toward Hoboken
South Orange Station
South Orange station sunny jeh.jpg
The station house as seen from Sloan Street
South Orange station is located in Essex County, New Jersey
South Orange station
Location 19 Sloan Street,
South Orange, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°44′45″N 74°15′39″W / 40.74583°N 74.26083°W / 40.74583; -74.26083Coordinates: 40°44′45″N 74°15′39″W / 40.74583°N 74.26083°W / 40.74583; -74.26083
Area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Built 1916
Architect Frank J. Nies
Architectural style Renaissance
MPS Operating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP Reference # 84002669[3]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1984

South Orange is a New Jersey Transit station in South Orange, New Jersey along the Morris and Essex (formerly Erie Lackawanna) rail line. It is located in the business district of South Orange, near its town hall. It is one of two train stations in the small township of South Orange, Mountain Station being the other.

Station[edit]

Facility[edit]

As with all stations on the Morris & Essex Lines east of Summit with the exception of Short Hills and Millburn, there are three tracks at South Orange station. They are numbered according to the scheme that was established by the Lackawanna Railroad, which originally built the station in 1916. Track 1, the express track, is the middle of the three tracks and is bidirectional and during the morning rush hours many eastbound trains stop here whilst during afternoon peak hours express trains heading westbound use this track. Track 2, the southernmost track, serves eastbound trains heading towards Hoboken and New York Penn Station. Track 3 is the northernmost track and handles westbound trains to Dover, Gladstone, and Hackettstown.[4]

The western end of the platform for tracks 1 and 3 and the eastern end of the platform for track 2 contain high-level sections of platform. Installed in 2004, these allow those with handicaps to board and bring the station in compliance with ADA regulations.[5]

On the street level of the station (Sloan St.), directly underneath the train station, there are a number of retail stores. As of 2016, these stores are Cait & Abby's Bakery, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Super Cuts, On the Track Cleaners, Cold Stone Creamery, and Village Diner.

Service[edit]

South Orange station is served by both Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch trains of the Morris and Essex Lines on New Jersey Transit. During peak hours (6.31am-8.41am), trains to Hoboken and New York stop every 10–20 minutes,[6] whilst during off-peak hours trains to each terminus come at intervals of around every half-hour.[6] The same is true for outbound travel; trains can depart to either Dover, Hackettstown, or Gladstone.[6]

ADA accessibility and viaduct improvements[edit]

Station owner New Jersey Transit decided to perform work at South Orange station to improve accessibility for the handicapped and to repair ninety-year-old viaducts at the station.[5] At a cost of $22.9m, repair work at South Orange, along with other nearby stations commenced in 2004.[7] South Orange received a mini-high level platform as a result of the repairs, and the tracks surrounding the station were upgraded to have concrete ties and the stairways leading towards the platforms were replaced.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taber, Thomas Townsend; Taber, Thomas Townsend III (1980). The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in the Twentieth Century. 1. Muncy, PA: Privately printed. p. 88. ISBN 0-9603398-2-5. 
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS". New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Employee Timetable, 1943.
  5. ^ a b M&E station improvement and viaduct rehabilitation NJ Transit official site Retrieved 2007-08-06
  6. ^ a b c Morris and Essex Lines timetable NJ Transit official site Retrieved 2008-06-10
  7. ^ NJ Transit approves $22.9 million in viaduct repairs Progressive Railroading Retrieved 2007-08-06
  8. ^ NJ Transit breaks ground on three-station rehab project Progressive Railroading Retrieved 2007-08-07

External links[edit]

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