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The Montclair-Boonton Line is a commuter rail line on New Jersey Transit Rail's Hoboken Division. It is a consolidiation of the Montclair Branch and the Boonton Line, formed when the Montclair Connection opened on September 30, 2002. Out of 33 inbound and 37 outbound daily weekday trains, 19 inbound and 20 outbound Midtown Direct trains (about 55%) use the Kearny Connection (opened June 10, 1996) to Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station; the rest go to Hoboken Terminal. Passengers can transfer at Newark Broad Street Station, Montclair State University or Dover to reach the other destination if necessary. This line operates weekday service only. There are also plans for electrification from Dover to Lake Hopatcong due to capacity issues at the yard in Dover.

When the Montclair Connection was built, the Boonton Line, which had previously featured all-diesel operation, was electrified from the Connection to Great Notch Yard (west of the Montclair State University Station). The town of Montclair wanted diesels removed from the line, but electrification could only extend as far west as Great Notch Yard due to cost concerns (building eletrification to Denville would also require an additional substation; Great Notch Yard represents the extent of the existing substation), so passengers to/from west of Montclair State University must transfer at that station. Passengers had originally transferred at Montclair Heights and a station listed as Transfer Platform on the schedules (the MSU Station platform, in fact) before the Montclair State University Station officially opened on October 20, 2004.

HistoryEdit

Following the 1960 merger of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and Erie Railroad into the Erie-Lackawanna Railway, the new entity formed its Boonton Line in 1963 from the east end of the Erie's Greenwood Lake Branch between Hoboken and Wayne and the west end of the DL&W's Boonton Line from Wayne to Denville, orignally calling it the Greenwood Lake-Boonton Line from the consolidation of the two lines. When New Jersey Transit assumed operation of commuter rail operations in 1980, it used the name Boonton Line (service to Greenwood Lake having been long since abandoned), and following the opening of the Montclair Connection and permanent consolidation of the Boonton Line with the former DL&W Montclair Branch, renamed the new artery as the Montclair-Boonton Line.

Three passenger stations, all of which were on the former Erie Railroad's Greenwood Lake Branch east of Montclair, were abandoned when the Montclair Connection opened in 2002 and the "Lower Boonton" reverted to Norfolk Southern control:

Station listingEdit

Milepost City Station Oper Connections
0HobokenHoboken TerminalNJTPATH and New York Waterways to New York City, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to local points, NJT 22, 23, 64, 68, 85, 87, 89, 126 buses
Meadows Maintenance ComplexNJTMain Overhaul and Maintenance Shop, employee stop
Midtown Direct trains join
5KearnyKearny JunctionMidtown Direct trains from New York Penn Station and Secaucus Junction join the line via the Kearny Connection
NewarkNewark Broad Street StationNJTNewark Light Rail service, NJT 11, 13, 27, 28, 29, 39, 41, 43, 72, 76, 78, 108 buses
Roseville AvenueNJT Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch splits, abandoned station
East OrangeAmpereNJTabandoned
BloomfieldWatsessing AvenueNJTNJT 94 bus
BloomfieldNJTNJT 11, 28, 29, 34, 92, 93, 709 buses
Glen RidgeGlen RidgeNJTNJT 11, 28, 29 buses, Community Shuttle
MontclairBay StreetNJTNJT 11, 28, 29, 34 buses, Community Shuttle
12Walnut StreetNJT
13Watchung AvenueNJTNJT 28 bus
14Upper MontclairNJTNJT 28 bus
14.5Mountain AvenueNJTNJT 28 bus
15Montclair HeightsNJTNJT 28, 191, 705 buses
Little FallsMontclair State UniversityNJTMontclair State University
16.5Great NotchNJTelectric storage yard; only diesel trains permitted beyond this point, all trains go to Hoboken Terminal or Montclair State University as its western terminal
NJT 191, 195, 705 buses
18.5Little FallsNJTNJT 11, 191, 704, 705 buses
WayneWayne-Route 23NJTProposed Station
21.5Mountain ViewNJTNJT 75, 194, 197, 748 buses, MCM1
Lincoln ParkLincoln ParkNJTMCM1
MontvilleTowacoNJTMCM1
MontvilleNJTabandoned
BoontonBoontonNJTMCM1
Mountain LakesMountain LakesNJT
DenvilleDenvilleNJTNJT Morristown Line joins
MCM10
DoverDoverNJTMorristown Line electric train storage yard
MCM 2, 10 buses
Mount ArlingtonMount Arlington, under constructionNJT
RoxburyLake HopatcongNJT
Port MorrisNJTDiesel Train Storage Yard and future Lackawanna Cutoff split
NetcongNetcongNJT
Mount OliveMount OliveNJTInternational Trade Center
HackettstownHackettstownNJTNJT 973 bus, WHEELS Shuttle
Midtown Direct service
0New York CityNew York Penn StationNJTLong Island Rail Road, Amtrak, New York City Subway, New York City Bus, MTA Bus
SecaucusSecaucus JunctionNJTAll NJT Rail lines except the Atlantic City Line and Raritan Valley Line, NJT 2, 129, 172 buses

External linksEdit


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New Jersey Transit Rail (website)
Hoboken Division Erie Lines: Bergen County LineMain LinePascack Valley LinePort Jervis Line
Morris & Essex Lines: Gladstone BranchMorristown Line
Montclair-Boonton Line
Newark Division North Jersey Coast LineNortheast Corridor LinePrinceton BranchRaritan Valley Line
South NJ and light rail Atlantic City LineHudson-Bergen Light RailNewark Light RailRiver LINE
Connections Aldene ConnectionHunter ConnectionKearny ConnectionMontclair ConnectionSecaucus JunctionWaterfront Connection
Other List of New Jersey Transit stationsRetired New Jersey Transit rail fleet
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New Jersey Transit Corporation
Bus Bus OperationsBus fleet
Rail Atlantic City Line
Main and Bergen County lines, including the Port Jervis LinePascack Valley Line
Montclair-Boonton LineMorris and Essex Lines (Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch)
North Jersey Coast LineNortheast Corridor Line and Princeton BranchRaritan Valley Line
StationsRetired fleet
Light Rail Hudson-Bergen Light RailNewark Light RailRiver LINE
Official websites New Jersey TransitHudson-Bergen Light RailRiver LINE

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