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The New Jersey side of the New York metropolitan area (west of the Hudson River) does not have as much rail infrastructure as its more famous neighbor, New York City, but still features various systems including the Newark Light Rail, PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and New Jersey Transit Commuter Rail.

This light rail subway, originally built as a downtown subway where many streetcar routes converged, became over time the last remaining part of the system. Up through 2001, PCC tram/streetcars were used, but they have recently been replaced by modern LRV's. The tunnels travel through what was once the Morris Canal, a major trade artery in the area that ceased being used with the introduction of railways and became an unsanitary and unpleasant feature. In November 1929, construction of the line began, and on October 3, 1934, the tunnel began taking trains between Warren St and Heller Parkway.

A new segment, referred to as Newark Light Rail, from Newark-Penn Station to Newark-Broad Street Station opened in July 2006. This segment is partly underground and then continues at-grade. Eventually, the line is planned to connect to Newark-Liberty International Airport, south of the city.

Penn Station  © Bob Barrows Newark City Subway at Orange St © Robert Barrows


18 Nov 1929: construction begins
03 Oct 1934: Warren St - Heller Parkway (now closed)
20 Jun 1937: Warren St - Penn Station

22 Nov 1940: Heller Parkway - Franklin Ave (now Branch Brook Park)
22 Jun 2002: Branch Brook Park - Grove St
17 July 2006: Penn Station - Broad Street Station

U-Bahn, S-Bahn & Tram in New York
Newark Light Rail Newark Light Rail

PATH at Newark © Robert BarrowsPATH, one of the faster metro systems in the United States, has its origins in the Hudson River Tunnel Railroad founded by DeWitt Clinton Haskin and Trenor W. Park in 1874. A court injunction was obtained by the local ferry company, and work on the project finally commenced five years later. Less than a year after that, 20 workers were killed when the tunnel flooded. At the beginning of 1881, construction was resumed but repeatedly stopped while an injection of money was sought after. In August 1891, the company went bankrupt and finally the north tunnel of the north crossing was completed in 1904. The next year, the south tunnel was opened. In 1908, service began on the line, with the southern river crossing opening in 1909.


26 Feb 1908: Service begins Hoboken - 6th Ave/19th St
15 Jun 1908: 19th St - 23rd St
19 July 1909: Hudson Terminal [WTC] - Exchange Place
02 Aug 1909: Exchange Place - Hoboken
06 Sept 1910: Exchange Place - Grove St
10 Nov 1910: 23rd St - 33rd St
01 Oct 1911: Grove St - Manhattan Transfer
26 Nov 1911: Manhattan Transfer - Newark (Park Place)

1962: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey renames the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad 'PATH'
11 Sept 2001: Service suspended from Grove St to World Trade Center
23 Nov 2003: Service reopened to a temporary World Trade Center station
03 Mar 2016: new World Trade Center station opened
PATH 33rd Street PATH Hoboken

This relatively new light rail system features electric, low-floor cars that operate along the corridor between Bayonne and Hoboken.


22 Apr 2000: Exchange Place - West Side Ave/34th St
18 Nov 2000: Exchange Place - Newport
29 Sept 2002: Newport - Hoboken

15 Nov 2003: 34th St - 22nd St
07 Sept 2004: Hoboken - Lincoln Harbor
29 Oct 2005: Lincoln Harbor - Port Imperial Ferry (weekends only)
25 Feb 2006: Lincoln Harbor - Tonnelle Ave
31 Jan 2011: 22nd St - 8th St (Bayonne)

Hudson-Bergen LR at Harbor Side © Robert Barrows Bergenline Ave © Bob Barrows


Northern extension to Tenafly planned (Project Website)

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

New Jersey Transit has information on the Subway, the Light Rail, and the Commuter Rail

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - operates PATH

nycsubway.org has information on these various systems

Hudson Tubes (PATH) by Bob Klapouchy

SubwayNut - many photos of rail transit around New York

Allen Morrison's photos of the Broad Street Station Line

PATH at Wikipedia

Newark Light Rail at Wikipedia

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail at Wikipedia

Jon Bell's New Jersey pages

Robert Barrows' New Jersey Gallery

U-Bahn, S-Bahn & Tram in New York






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