Mobilizing the Region
Issue 169April 10, 1998

The Line on NJ Rail Politics

v Montclair town officials settled their long-standing fight with NJ Transit this week, opening the way for the 1,200 foot Montclair Connection project first proposed decades ago. The connection will permit trains on NJ Transit's Boonton Line to reach NY Penn Station via the Morris & Essex line and Kearny connection. Until completion of signal work, rail congestion on the route into Penn Station will limit Boonton Line access to Penn Station to only three trains in each direction per day.

v NJ Transit and Bergen County officials were scheduled to present rail options from the West Shore major investment study to NJ Transportation Commissioner John Haley yesterday. Bergen County officials favor an east-west option between Saddle Brook and Edgewater. NJ Transit reportedly backs reviving commuter service on the north-south West Shore line. Ironically, Metro-North RR may be strengthening Bergen County's hand because it hasn't anted up its share of the study's costs. Thus, potential West Shore passengers between W. Nyack and W. Haverstraw are not being counted in ridership comparisons between the various options.

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