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The North Jersey Coast Line is one of New Jersey Transit commuter rail lines. Out of 43 inbound and 44 outbound daily weekday through trains, 7 round trips (about 16%) use the Waterfront Connection (opened September 9, 1991) to Hoboken Terminal; One round trip terminates at Newark Penn Station, while the remainder of the through trains terminate at New York Penn Station. In addition, 11 of those inbound through trains are represented by an electric train north of Long Branch, and a diesel train south of that point. Likewise, 17 southbound through trains are presented by an electric train north of Long Branch, and a diesel train south of that point. Five of the inbound electric trains and four of the outbound electric trains use South Amboy as their southern terminus, while two of the inbound electric trains and one of the outbound electric trains uses Aberdeen-Matawan as their southern terminus. Weekend and holiday service is much more simple. 23 inbound and 24 outbound trains represent the full schedule, with three round trips to Hoboken, with the rest running to New York. of those, 18 inbound and 19 outbound trains are represented by both electric and diesel service. Passengers can transfer at Newark Penn Station or Secaucus Junction to reach the other destinations, if necessary.
The line is only electrified north of Long Branch. Electrified operation began between Rahway and South Amboy on March 11, 1936. Electrification was extended to Matawan in 1983 and to Long Branch in 1988. Some diesel trains operate through to Hoboken (via the Waterfront Connection) or Newark. There are also Bay Head-Long Branch shuttles which connect to Long Branch-New York Penn Station electric trains.
Commuter Clubs Edit
The line is also home to the last remaining Commuter Club in the state of New Jersey. The Jersey Shore Commuter Club has use of half of Comet II car 5459 for their own activities. The club end of the car is furnished similar to Amtrak's Horizon Fleet cars which are based upon the Comet design. The club's old car (PRR 1734) is being preserved by the URHS. Numerous other clubs had operated on the line using various cars including an ex-Florida East Coast observation car. However most of these clubs disappeared due to declining membership.
See Northeast Corridor Line for stations between New York/Hoboken and Perth Amboy Junction.
|20||Rahway||Perth Amboy Junction||NJT Northeast Corridor Line splits|
|Perth Amboy||Woodbridge Junction/Long Branch Junction|
|1.5||South Amboy||South Amboy||NJT|
|16.5||Red Bank||Red Bank||NJT|
|19||Little Silver||Little Silver||NJT|
|22.5||Long Branch||Long Branch||NJT|
|28||Asbury Park||Asbury Park||NJT|
|29||Bradley Beach||Bradley Beach||NJT|
|33||Spring Lake||Spring Lake||NJT|
|37||Point Pleasant Beach||Point Pleasant Beach||NJT|
|38||Bay Head||Bay Head||NJT|