New Jersey Transit Rail Operations

New Jersey Transit Rail Operations
New Jersey Transit Rail Operations

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New Jersey Transit rail operations sampler.jpg
New Jersey Transit provides rail service throughout northern New Jersey and along Route 30 in New Jersey, and in the lower Hudson Valley west of the Hudson River.
Reporting mark NJTR
Locale North and Central Jersey, White Horse Pike corridor, Hudson Valley
Dates of operation 1983–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters 1 Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105

New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (reporting mark NJTR) is the rail division of New Jersey Transit. It provides regional rail service in New Jersey, with most service centered around transportation to and from New York City, Hoboken, and Newark. New Jersey Transit also operates rail service in Orange and Rockland counties in New York State under contract to Metro-North Railroad.



New Jersey Transit's commuter rail network consists of 11 lines and 162 stations[1] primarily concentrated in northern New Jersey, with one line running between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. These lines are listed below.

Operations are in two divisions:

Newark Division
Lines Terminals
Northeast Corridor Line New York Penn Station Trenton
Princeton Branch Princeton Jct. Princeton
North Jersey Coast Line New York Penn Station
(service also to Hoboken
during rush hours)
Bay Head
(electric service ends
at Long Branch)
Raritan Valley Line Newark Penn Station High Bridge
(most service ends
at Raritan)
Atlantic City Line 30th Street Station Atlantic City
Hoboken Division
Main Line
(via Paterson)
Hoboken Terminal Suffern
(Port Jervis Line continues
to Port Jervis)
Bergen County Line
(via Radburn)
Pascack Valley Line Spring Valley
Meadowlands Rail Line Meadowlands
Montclair-Boonton Line
New York Penn Station
(electric via Midtown Direct)
Hoboken Terminal
(diesel and electric service)
(electric service ends
at Montclair State)
Morris &
Morristown Line Dover
(diesel service
to Hackettstown)
Gladstone Branch Gladstone

Not included in the above table is the Atlantic City Express Service route. While this route is operated with Newark Division employees, the service is not owned by New Jersey Transit. Rather, it is operated by New Jersey Transit under contract to Caesars Entertainment Corporation and the owners of the Borgata, collectively ACES, LLC, which fund the route.


New Jersey Transit Rail owns most of its tracks, infrastructure, bridges, tunnels, signals, and right-of-way. The exceptions are:

  • Atlantic City LinePhiladelphia 30th Street Station to Frankford Junction (owned by Amtrak) and Frankford Junction to Pennsauken Delair Junction (owned by Conrail)
  • Northeast Corridor Line – entire line except Morrisville Yard (owned by Amtrak)
  • Port Jervis Line – Suffern to Port Jervis (owned by Norfolk Southern and leased by Metro North)
  • Raritan Valley LineAldene to Hunter (owned by Conrail)
  • Montclair-Boonton Line – West of Netcong (owned by Norfolk Southern)

NJ Transit has a fleet of maintenance crews and vehicles that repair tracks, spread ballast, deliver supplies and inspect infrastructure. There are 8 non-revenue work diesels used for these purposes.

Non-operated lines

New Jersey Transit also owns the right of way of several branch lines that it does not operate, some of which are leased to freight railroads to serve freight customers.

  • Harrison-Kingsland Branch
  • Western extension of the Raritan Valley Line from High Bridge to Alpha (track is gone from Ludlow to Bloomsbury)
  • Southern Secondary from Red Bank to South Lakewood. The part from South Lakewood to Lakehurst, New Jersey is owned by Conrail, and from Lakehurst to Woodmansie is owned by Clayton Sand. NJ Transit also owns the final stretch from Woodmansie to Winslow Junction.
  • Beesley's Point Secondary from Winslow Junction to Ocean City
  • Cape May Branch from Tuckahoe to Cape May, plus a branch to Cape May Point
  • Former Bergen County Line from HX Interlocking (Hackensack River) to Croxton Yard, realigned for Secaucus Junction
  • Freehold Secondary from Freehold to Farmingdale
  • Freehold Branch from Freehold to Matawan

Freight contracts

Several railroads hold trackage rights agreements to operate freight service on NJT-owned lines. Conrail, CSX, Norfolk Southern and several short lines (Cape May Seashore Lines, Morristown & Erie Railway, Southern Railroad of New Jersey) currently have trackage rights contracts to operate freight service on NJT lines. The M&E must use NJT rails to travel between its own trackage. A similar situation exists for Conrail on the Atlantic City Line.[citation needed] Details as follows:

  • Hoboken Division
    • Morris & Essex Lines
      • Morristown Line: NS, M&E (West End to Hackettstown)
      • Gladstone Branch: NS
    • Montclair-Boonton Line: NS, M&E
    • Harrison Cut-off (unused by NJ Transit): NS
    • Main Line: NS, M&E (West End to Rutherford Junction)
    • Bergen County Line: NS, M&E (Rutherford Junction to Passaic Junction)
    • Pascack Valley Line: NS
  • Newark Division
    • Raritan Valley Line: Conrail (Aldene to Bound Brook), NS (west of Bound Brook)
    • Northeast Corridor Line: Conrail (west (geographic south) of Waverly)
    • North Jersey Coast Line: Conrail
  • Atlantic City Line: Conrail (north (geographic west) of Pennsauken Junction), SRNJ
    • Beesley's Point Secondary (unused by NJ Transit): Conrail
      • Cape May Branch (unused by NJ Transit): CMSL, SRNJ
  • Southern Secondary: Conrail (northern part, east (geographic north) of South Lakewood)
    • Freehold Secondary: Conrail

The former Boonton Line east of the new Montclair Connection is now owned by Norfolk Southern.[citation needed]

Movable bridges

NJ Transit operates numerous drawbridges, or movable bridges, especially in the northeastern part of the state.

NJ Transit movable bridges

  • Dock Bridge, Newark (Passaic River) – Northeast Corridor Line (vertical lift) (owned and operated by Amtrak)
  • Portal Bridge, Secaucus (Hackensack River) – Northeast Corridor Line (swing) (owned and operated by Amtrak)
  • Newark Draw, Newark (Passaic River) – Morristown Line (swing)
  • Lower Hack Lift, Jersey City (Hackensack River) – Morristown Line (vertical lift)
  • Upper Hack Lift, Secaucus (Hackensack River) – Main Line (vertical lift)
  • HX Draw, Secaucus (Hackensack River) – Bergen County Line (bascule)
  • Lyndhurst Draw, Lyndhurst (Passaic River) – Main Line (swing)
  • River Draw, South Amboy (Raritan River) – North Jersey Coast Line (swing)
  • Morgan Draw, Old Bridge (Cheesequake Creek) – North Jersey Coast Line (bascule)
  • Oceanport Draw, Oceanport (Oceanport Creek) – North Jersey Coast Line (swing)
  • Shark River Draw, Belmar (Shark River) – North Jersey Coast Line (bascule)
  • Brielle Draw, Brielle (Manasquan River) – North Jersey Coast Line (bascule)
  • Beach Bridge, Atlantic City (Beach Thorofare) – Atlantic City Line (swing)
  • Delair Bridge, Pennsauken (Delaware River) – Atlantic City Line (vertical lift) (owned and operated by Conrail)

Active rolling stock



These locomotives carry NJTR markings for revenue service, except for units in bold, which carry MN markings for Metro-North's West-of-Hudson fleet. Not included are the EMU cars, which are technically locomotives, but are listed in the Passenger Cars roster below.

Builder and model Photo Numbers Built Acquired Type Power Notes
Current stock
EMD GP40PH-2 NJTR 4109 pushes Train 1628.jpg 4100–4112 1968 1983
(inherited at inception)
Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Former CNJ units, Rebuilt by Conrail 1991–93.
  • Assigned to Hoboken Division.
EMD F40PH-2CAT New Jersey Transit train 1165.jpg
MTA Metro-North 4192 pulls NJT train 1027.jpg
4113–4122, 4124, 4126–4129, 4193–4194, 4907–4908, 4913 1979–1981
  • NJTR:1982
  • MN: 2003 (4193–94); 2010–2011 (4907–4908, 4913)
Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • 4117, 4118 on lease to AMT in Montreal.
  • MN 4907 and 4908 rebuilt from 4191 and 4192, respectively. 4913 rebuilt from NJTR 4123.
  • MN 4912 and 4914 are currently being rebuilt from MN 4116 and NJTR 4125, respectively.
EMD GP40FH-2 NJTR 4138 pushes Train 5440.jpg
New Jersey Transit train 53 to Port Jervis.jpg
4135–4144, 4900–4905 1966–1970 1987–1990 Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Current active locomotives: 4138–4139, 4141–4142, 4900–4905.
  • 4135, 4137, 4140 and 4143-44 on lease to AMT in Montreal.
EMD GP40PH-2A New Jersey Transit train 5427 enters Plainfield.jpg 4145–4147, 4149–4150, 4219, 4906 1967–1970 1992–1993 Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
  • Replacements for the U34CHs.
  • 4148 wrecked 1996, rebuilt as 4219 by Conrail 1997.
EMD GP40PH-2B NJ Transit GP40PH-2B 4216 waits to pull Train 4622.jpg 4200–4218 1965–1969 1993–1994 Diesel 3,000 hp (2,237 kW)
ABB ALP-44 ALP44 4406.jpg 4400–4419 1990
Electric 7,000 hp (5,220 kW)
  • Replacements for the E60s.
  • Currently being retired.
ABB ALP-44M NJ Transit ABB ALP-44M 4430.jpg 4420–4431 1996–1997 Electric 7,000 hp (5,220 kW)
  • Microprocessor-equipped braking and controls
  • Purchased for service increases related to Midtown Direct.
  • Currently being retired.
Bombardier ALP-46 New Jersey Transit 6662-1.JPG 4600–4628 2001–2002 Electric 7,100 hp (5,294 kW)
  • Purchased for service increases related to Midtown Direct.
Alstom PL42AC PL42AC-NJT.jpg 4000–4032 2005–2006 Diesel 4,200 hp (3,132 kW)
3,680 hp (2,744 kW) available for traction
  • Used in all diesel service.
GE Transportation P40DC Atlantic City Express Service (ACES) train 7163.jpg 4800–4803 1993 2007 Diesel 4,250 hp (3,169 kW)
3,875 hp (2,890 kW) available for traction
ALP-46A 4629 at Convent Station.JPG 4629–4664 2010–2011 Electric 7,500 hp (5,593 kW)
  • Newer version of ALP-46, delivery started in 2010.[2]
  • Entered service June 2, 2010.[3]
Bombardier ALP-45DP at Innotrans 2010.jpg 4500–4535
36 ordered
53 options
2011–2012 Dual-mode
(electric and diesel)
Electric mode
5,365 hp (4,001 kW)

Diesel mode
4,200 hp (3,132 kW)
  • Locomotives capable of running using wire or under diesel mode.[4]
  • Originally purchased for service increases related to now-cancelled Access to the Region's Core.
  • First locomotive arrived March 13, 2011, with all locomotives expected to be on property by October 2012.[5]
  • The purchase of an option for 10 locomotives was approved on July 14, 2010.[6]


All non-revenue locomotives are diesel-powered and carry NJT markings only. As these locomotives lack HEP, they cannot haul trains in passenger service.

Model Numbers Year(s) Notes
MotivePower MP20B-3 1001–1005 2008 (rebuilt from 1967 EMD GP40FH-2s 4130-34)
EMD GP40-2 4300–4303 1965–1968
EMD SW1500 502 1972 slated for use on River Line

Passenger cars

New Jersey Transit has a fleet of over 1,000 passenger cars. The fleet and examples are described below. Except for the Comet IIM (which are all trailers), all examples shown are cab cars leading or on the tail end of trains.

Car groupings are, except for the Arrow III MUs, arranged in the following order: cab cars, trailers with lavatories, and trailers without lavatories, where applicable

and model
Photo Numbers Total Built Rebuilt
Arrow III
NJ Transit Arrow III MU 1327.jpg 1304–1333
  • 30 single cars
    (no lavatory)
  • 200 paired cars
    (lavatory in odd cars)
1977–1978 1992–1995
  • Self-propelled cars
  • Cars have center doors
Comet IIM
NJTR 5446 on Train 5705.jpg 5300–5396, 5441–5458, 5460
  • 116 trailers
    (no lavatories)
1982–1983 1999–2002
  • Formerly Comet II
NJTR Bombardier 5416.jpg 5397–5440, 5459
  • 45 trailers
    (no lavatories)
  • Formerly Comet IIB
Comet III
NJTR 5003 on Train 3896.jpg 5000–5008, 5200–5205, 5500–5534
  • 9 cab cars
  • 6 trailers
  • 35 trailers
    (no lavatory)
  • First NJTR push-pull cars with center doors
  • In storage awaiting rebuild or scrapping
Comet IV
NJTR 5028 on Train 3847.jpg 5011–5031, 5235–5264, 5535–5582
  • 21 cab cars
  • 30 trailers
  • 48 trailers
    (no lavatory)
  • Cars have center doors.
  • No door at the engineer's position.
Comet V
NJT Train 6648.jpg 6000–6083, 6200–6213, 6500–6601
  • 84 cab cars
  • 14 trailers
  • 102 trailers
    (no lavatory)
  • Cars have center doors.
  • Stainless steel cars.
  • Replacement for Comet I low-platform cars
  • Purchased for Midtown Direct service increases
MTA Metro North 6710 on New Jersey Transit train 1728.jpg 6700–6714, 6750–6754, 6755–6799
  • 15 cab cars
  • 5 trailers
  • 45 trailers
    (no lavatory)
  • Metro-North cars.
  • Cars have center doors.
  • Stainless steel cars.
  • Restroom cars: 6700–6714, 6750–6754
MultiLevel Vehicle (MLV)
NJ Transit Multilevel 7014 on Train 6651.jpg 7000–7051, 7200–7298, 7500–7677
  • 52 cab cars
  • 99 trailers
  • 178 trailers
    (no lavatory)
  • Joint order with AMT (Montreal).
  • First cars with quarter-point doors.[7]
  • 45 car option exercised in June 2007.[8]
  • 50-car option exercised in August 2008.[9]
  • 7229–7236 owned by Atlantic City Express Service, LLC, for ACES duty.
Bombardier Bombardier Multilevel II No photo available. TBD 100 (breakdown TBD) 2012–2013 *A 100 car base order was announced on July 14, 2010.[6] It was finalized and awarded to Bombardier on September 1, 2010. The order includes an additional 79 car option.[10][11][12]

Retired rolling stock


NJ Transit's rail network has 161 stations, varying in size from major commuter hubs like New York Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and Newark Penn Station to small trackside plexiglas shelters or simple stops with only a small platform. New Jersey Transit owns and operates all of its rail stations except as listed below.

Owned by Amtrak

Owned by Metro-North Railroad

All of these stations are on the Port Jervis Line, where the MTA leases trackage from Norfolk Southern Railway.

Leased to Metro-North Railroad

These stations are along the Pascack Valley Line, along trackage owned by New Jersey Transit.


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