NJ Transit provides rail service throughout northern New Jersey, between Philadelphia and Atlantic City in southern New Jersey, and in the lower Hudson Valley west of the Hudson River.
|Locale||North and Central Jersey, White Horse Pike corridor, Hudson Valley|
|Dates of operation||1983–present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Electrification||12.5 kV 25 Hz AC Catenary|
25 kV 60 Hz AC Catenary
|Headquarters||1 Penn Plaza East|
Newark, NJ 07105
NJ Transit Rail Operations (reporting mark NJTR) is the rail division of NJ Transit. It operates commuter rail service in New Jersey, with most service centered on transportation to and from New York City, Hoboken, and Newark. NJ Transit also operates rail service in Orange and Rockland counties in New York under contract to Metro-North Railroad. The commuter rail lines had an average weekday ridership of 306,892 from June 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. This does not include NJ Transit's light rail operations.
As of 2012[update], NJ Transit's commuter rail network consists of 11 lines and 164 stations, primarily concentrated in northern New Jersey, with one line running between Atlantic City and Philadelphia.
Operations are in two divisions:
|Northeast Corridor Line||New York – Penn Station||Trenton|
|Princeton Branch||Princeton Junction||Princeton|
|North Jersey Coast Line|
|Raritan Valley Line|
|Atlantic City Line||Philadelphia – 30th Street Station||Atlantic City Rail Terminal|
|Bergen County Line|
|Pascack Valley Line||Spring Valley|
|Port Jervis Line||Port Jervis|
|Meadowlands Rail Line||Meadowlands|
Although NJ Transit itself does not carry freight, NJTR allows freight service to be operated over its lines via trackage rights agreements with several railroads. Conrail (CSAO), CSX, Norfolk Southern (NS) and several short lines (Cape May Seashore Lines (CMSL), Morristown & Erie Railway (M&E), Chesapeake and Delaware, LLC and Southern Railroad of New Jersey (SRNJ)) currently have trackage rights contracts to operate freight service on NJ Transit lines. The Morristown & Erie Railway can only use NJT trackage to get between its owned trackage; it cannot serve customers on NJ Transit trackage. A similar situation exists for Conrail on the Atlantic City Line.
Below is a list of NJ Transit lines and freight lines that operate on them:
NJTR also owns several lines not used for regular passenger service. These lines were purchased by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in the late 1970s for railbanking purposes, with ownership transferring to NJ Transit upon its creation in 1979. These lines are either leased for freight/tourist service, interim rail trail use, or remain derelict:
NJT owns most of its tracks, infrastructure, bridges, tunnels and signals. The exceptions are:
NJ Transit's main storage and maintenance facility is the Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny, New Jersey. Other major yard facilities are located at Hoboken Terminal. Amtrak's Sunnyside Yard in Queens, New York serves as a layover facility for trains to New York Penn Station. Additional yards are located at outlying points along the lines. These include:
NJT has a fleet of maintenance crews and vehicles that repair tracks, spread ballast, deliver supplies and inspect infrastructure. There are eight non-revenue work diesels used for these purposes.
NJT utilizes numerous moveable bridges:
All NJ Transit Rail Operations equipment in both revenue and non-revenue service carry AAR reporting marks of NJTR without exception. Equipment owned by Metro-North carries AAR reporting marks MNCW without exception.
These locomotives carry NJTR reporting marks for revenue service. 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|
(inherited at inception)
|Diesel||3,000 hp (2,237 kW)||
|EMD GP40PH-2B||4200–4219||1965–1969||1993–1994||Diesel||3,000 hp (2,237 kW)|
|Bombardier ALP-46||4600–4628||2001–2002||Electric||7,100 hp (5,294 kW)||
|Alstom PL42AC||4000–4032||2005–2006||Diesel||4,200 hp (3,132 kW)
3,680 hp (2,744 kW) available for traction
|4629–4664||2010–2011||Electric||7,500 hp (5,593 kW)||
(electric and diesel)
5,365 hp (4,001 kW)
4,200 hp (3,132 kW)
3,000 hp (2,237 kW) available for traction
|Builder and model||Photo||Numbers||Built||Acquired||Retired||Type||Power||Notes|
2018 (see notes)
|Diesel||3,000 hp (2,237 kW)||
|GE U34CH||3351, 3360, 3366-3368, 3370-3373, 3376, 3380-3381, 4151-4183||1970–1971||1976||1994||Diesel||3,600 hp (2,700 kW)||
|EMD GP40FH-2||4130–4144||1966–1967||1987||2012||Diesel||3,000 hp (2,237 kW)||
|EMD GP40PH-2A||4145–4150||1967–1971||1992–1993||2014||Diesel||3,000 hp (2,237 kW)||
|GE P40DC||4800-4803||1993||2007||2015||Diesel||4,250 hp (3,170 kW)|
|ABB ALP-44O||4400–4414||1989||1990||2011||Electric||7000 hp (5.2 MW)||
|ABB ALP-44E||4415–4419||1995||1995||2012||Electric||7000 hp (5.2 MW)|
|ABB ALP-44M||4420–4431||1996||1996||2011||Electric||7000 hp (5.2 MW)|
|GE E60CH||958-973||1973||1984||1998||Electric||6,000 hp (4.5 MW)||
|GE/Altoona Works GG1||4972-4884||1934-1943||N/A||1983||Electric||4,620 hp (3,450 kW)-8,500 hp (6,300 kW)||
|EMD F7||417-418, 420, 422-425||1949-1993||N/A||1984||Diesel||1,500 hp (1,100 kW)||
|EMD E8||4320,4322-4328, 4330-4334||1949-1954||N/A||N/A||Diesel||2,250 hp (1,678 kW)|
|EMD F40PH||270, 274, 293, 302, 311, 400||1975-1992||N/A||2006||Diesel||3,000–3,200 hp (2.2–2.4 MW)||
All non-revenue locomotives are diesel-powered and legally carry the same "NJTR" AAR reporting marks as all other equipment without exception. As these locomotives lack HEP, they do not haul trains in passenger service unless performing a rescue.
|EMD GP40-2||4300–4303||1965–1968||Ex-Conrail and New York Central.|
|EMD GP40PH-2||4102-4104, 4106, 4108||1968||Modified starting in 2014. The HEP motor was removed, unlit number boards were drilled in, the rear ladder was replaced with steps, and LED markers were applied to the rear end replacing their original tri-color class lights. Units are now mechanically standard GP40-2s.|
|MotivePower MP20B-3||1001–1005||2008||Rebuilt from 1967 EMD GP40FH-2s 4130–4134.|
|EMD F40PH-2CAT||4119-4120||1979–1981, 2018-present||Regulated to work service since 2013. Recently reactivated in place of cab cars during shortage due to PTC installation.|
NJ Transit has a fleet of over 1,000 passenger cars. The fleet and examples are described below.
Except for the Comet II (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.
|5300–5396, 5441–5458, 5460||
|5011–5031, 5235–5264, 5535–5582||
|6000–6083, 6200–6213, 6500–6601||
|7000–7051, 7200–7298, 7500–7677||
|Bombardier MultiLevel Coach II||7052–7061, 7678–7767||
|Bombardier MultiLevel Coach III||?||2022-|
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