Four Steps to the Ultimate "One-seat" Ride

(One Seat Ride Means No Change in Newark)

  • Step One: Off peak, mid day (launched March 3rd, 2014)  
  • Step Two: After 8 pm, week day (coming Nov. 2014)  
  • Step Three: Week-end service for entire line  
  • Step Four: Two Trains Peak Hour AM and PM  


(L to R) Plainfield Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Dunn, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Cranfor Executive Director of Business and Economic Development Kathleen Miller Prunty, RVRC Chairman Peter Palmer, RVRC Vice Chairman Tom Jardim.
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Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Presents Outcome of Meeting with NJ TRANSIT at Quarterly Meeting


WESTFIELD, NJ – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) held their quarterly meeting in the Westfield Council Chamber on Monday morning to share with the public the outcome of their recent meeting with NJ Transit executives and to hear about the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) taking place in Cranford, a stop along the Union County portion of the Raritan Valley Line.

The RVRC has been advocating for the Raritan Valley Line to receive direct access to New York for nearly twenty years, and in March of this year the first “one seat” ride was achieved in a limited off peak schedule through the use of dual powered locomotives. The "one seat ride" refers to the commuter being able to stay in one seat instead of having to transfer in Newark.

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“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 weekend service.