"One Seat" Raritan Valley Line Service Commences
(One Seat Ride = No Change in Newark)
One Step in the Right Direction
FANWOOD, NJ - NJ Transit’s new weekday “One Seat” off-peak weekday service on the Raritan Valley Line kicked off today. Boarding the train for the inaugural trip were Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover.
Until today, passengers on the Raritan Valley line have ridden diesel-fueled trains into Newark Penn Station, where they exit and usually switch tracks to board an electric-powered train into New York City.
“While a one-seat ride may seem like just a convenience for some commuters, the reality is that it would foster great economic growth along the whole corridor. These are fateful decisions for the Raritan Valley. We need a groundswell of support from the people living along the Raritan Valley Line – in fact, we need a crusade!”
-Peter Palmer, Somerset County Freeholder and RVRC Chairman
Facts About the Raritan Valley Rail "One Seat Ride"
Raritan Valley Line is NJ TRANSIT’s only major line with track connectivity to NYC without access to a “One Seat Ride” and it represents 10% of total ridership of all lines with connectivity.
Alternative plans to give Raritan Valley access to a “One Seat Ride” such as new rail tunnels are uncertain, costly and at best, many years in the future.
“One Seat Ride” currently possible without major construction by using NEW dual powered locomotives.
“One Seat Ride” will decrease travel time and increase property values. (When the Morris and Essex line got the “One Seat Ride” in 1996 property values along the line rose significantly.)
NJ Transit will soon initiate a “pilot” “One Seat Ride” on the Raritan Valley Line to Penn Station New York for midday, off-peak weekday trains.
ACTION: We need NJ Transit to permanently and with deliberate speed,
expand the "One Seat Ride" service on the Raritan Valley Line to include
Peak Hour as well as all off-peak weekday and weekend service.