Monday, May 11, 2009

NJ Transit, Susie-Q talk MOU for “Cross-County” service

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New Jersey Transit’s Board of Directors has formally approved efforts to reach a Memorandum of Understanding with regional railroad New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway (Susie-Q) to use the latter’s right-of-way within New Jersey’s densely populated northeastern sector for NJT’s Passaic-Bergen Rail Service project.

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The proposed NJT service would provide east-west service linking Hawthorne and Paterson, in Passaic County, with Hackensack, the Bergen County seat, and include nine stations. The service would connect with existing NJT Main Line operations at Hawthorne, with possible links in the future to NJT’s Bergen and Pascack Valley lines. Those three lines provide transfer service to Midtown Manhattan on their way to and from Hoboken, N.J.

NJT plans to use diesel multiple-unit (DMU) equipment for the run, which would be its first commitment to DMU equipment; NJT says it has secured an FRA grant for such equipment.