"One Seat" Raritan Valley Line Service Commences
(One Seat Ride = No Change in Newark)
One Step in the Right Direction
Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak (C) and Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski and Bruce Bergen were at the Cranford Station when the first NJ TRANSIT train offering “one-seat” direct rail service to Penn Station in New York City arrived Monday morning (4/3/14). The service on the Raritan Valley Line includes stops in the Union County municipalities of Plainfield, Fanwood, Westfield, Garwood, Cranford, Roselle Park and Union. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)
“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.