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The Pascack Valley Line is a commuter rail line operated by the Hoboken Division of New Jersey Transit, in the United States. The line runs north from Hoboken Terminal, through Hudson County and Bergen County in New Jersey, and into Rockland County in New York, terminating at Spring Valley. Service within New York State is operated under contract with Metro-North Railroad. The line is named for the Pascack Valley region that it passes through in northern Bergen County. The line parallels the Pascack Brook for some distance. The line is colored purple on system maps, and its symbol is a pine tree.

Pascack Valley Line
River Edge, NJ, train station.jpg
A Hoboken Terminal-bound train at River Edge.
TypeCommuter rail
SystemNew Jersey Transit Rail Operations
Metro-North Railroad
LocaleNorthern New Jersey and Hudson Valley, New York, United States
TerminiSouth: Hoboken Terminal in Hudson County, New Jersey
North: Spring Valley in Rockland County, New York
Daily ridership7,200 (weekday average, FY 2012)[1]
OwnerNew Jersey Transit
Operator(s)New Jersey Transit
Rolling stockF40PH-3C/GP40PH-2/GP40FH-2/PL42AC/ALP-45DP locomotives
Comet V
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map

0.0 mi
0 km
Hoboken Terminal
NY WaterwayHudson–Bergen Light RailPort Authority Trans-Hudson
Hoboken Yard
Secaucus Junction
I-95 / N.J. Turnpike (
5.6 mi
9 km
I-95 / N.J. Turnpike (
7.6 mi
12.2 km
9.6 mi
15.4 km
11.2 mi
18 km
12.4 mi
20 km
Essex Street – Hackensack
Center Street
13.5 mi
21.7 km
Anderson Street
14.7 mi
23.7 km
New Bridge Landing
16.4 mi
26.4 km
River Edge
New Milford
17.8 mi
28.6 km
19.3 mi
31.1 km
20.5 mi
33 km
21.4 mi
34.4 km
22.7 mi
36.5 km
Woodcliff Lake
23.6 mi
38 km
Park Ridge
24.2 mi
38.9 km
25.4 mi
40.9 km
Pearl River
27.9 mi
44.9 km
30.6 mi
49.2 km
Spring Valley
31.2 mi
50.2 km
Woodbine Yard


The Pascack Valley Line runs between Spring Valley, New York, and Hoboken Terminal. The line is 31 miles (50 km) long, of which the northernmost 6 miles (9.7 km) are in New York State. The entire line is owned by NJ Transit, but the Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley stations are leased to Metro-North Railroad. The line is single tracked, but sidings at points along the line, including the Meadowlands, Hackensack and Nanuet, permit bi-directional off-peak service. A siding in Oradell was also planned for increased service and reliability, but the project was halted due to local opposition.[2][3] Service on this line operates seven days a week.[4]


The line was originally chartered as the Hackensack and New York Railroad in 1856. It later became the New Jersey and New York Railroad, which was bought by the Erie Railroad in 1896. The New Jersey and New York Railroad continued to exist as an Erie subsidiary until October 17, 1960 merger that created the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.[5][citation needed]

On April 1, 1976 the Erie Lackawanna was merged with several other railroads to create Conrail.[6][7] In 1983, after several years under operation by Conrail, operations of the Pascack Valley Line were transferred to NJ Transit Rail Operations.

The line used to continue north of Spring Valley to Haverstraw, New York. This portion of the line has been abandoned and most of the right-of-way has been sold off. Part of the line (between Spring Valley and Nanuet) was once part of the main Erie Railroad line from Piermont, New York to Buffalo, New York.[citation needed] Into the 1930s there had been Erie passenger service from Spring Valley at the end of the Pascack line to Suffern station on the newer Erie Main Line.[8]

September 2016 crashEdit

On September 29, 2016, Pascack Valley Line Train 1614 crashed into Hoboken Terminal injuring 108 and killing one.[9]

Rolling stockEdit

All service on this line is diesel, using either GP40PH-2, PL42AC, or ALP-45DP locomotives. Most trains on the line use Comet series passenger cars, although Bombardier MultiLevel coaches are sometimes used on this line.

Some train sets use equipment owned by Metro-North, which are so marked.


Station[10] Miles (km)
from HOB
Connections / notes[10]
1 Hoboken Terminal   0.0 (0.0) 1903   NJ Transit: Bergen County, Gladstone, Main, Meadowlands, Montclair-Boonton, Morristown, North Jersey Coast, and Raritan Valley Lines
  Metro-North: Port Jervis Line
  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail: 8th Street-Hoboken, Hoboken-Tonnelle
  PATH: HOB-WTC, HOB-33, JSQ-33 (via HOB)
  NJT Bus: 22, 22X, 23, 54, 68, 85, 87, 89, 126
  New York Waterway to Battery Park City
Morris & Essex Lines (Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch) diverge
Secaucus Junction   3.5 (5.6) 2003   NJ Transit: Bergen County, Gladstone, Main, Meadowlands, Montclair-Boonton, Morristown, North Jersey Coast, Northeast Corridor, and Raritan Valley Lines
  Metro-North: Port Jervis Line
  NJT Bus: 2, 78, 129, 329, 353
Main Line diverges
Bergen County Line diverges
Meadowlands Rail Line diverges
Wood-Ridge 9.6 (15.4) c. 1860 Formerly Wood-Ridge-Moonachie
Hasbrouck Heights
4 Teterboro 11.2 (18.0)
5 Essex Street   12.4 (20.0) 1860   NJT Bus: 76, 712, 780
Formerly Hackensack
Central Avenue
Anderson Street 13.5 (21.7) 1869[11]   NJT Bus: 175, 770
Fairmount Avenue 1869[12] 1983[13]
6 New Bridge Landing 14.7 (23.7) 1870[12]   NJT Bus: 175, 762
  Rockland Coaches: 11
Formerly Cherry HIll,[12] then North Hackensack
River Edge 16.4 (29.4) 1900   NJT Bus: 175, 762
  Rockland Coaches: 11
New Milford
7 Oradell 17.8 (28.6)   NJT Bus: 175, 762
  Rockland Coaches: 11
8 Emerson 19.3 (31.1)   NJT Bus: 165
  Rockland Coaches: 11
9 Westwood   20.5 (33.0)   NJT Bus: 165
  Rockland Coaches: 11, 14, 46, 84
Hillsdale 21.4 (34.4) 1869   Rockland Coaches: 11
Hillsdale Manor
10 Woodcliff Lake 22.7 (36.5)
Park Ridge 23.6 (38.0)
Montvale   24.2 (38.9) 1871[14]   Rockland Coaches: 11
New Jersey / New York state line
MNR Pearl River 25.6 (41.2)   Transport of Rockland: 92
Operated by Metro-North Railroad
Nanuet   27.9 (44.9)   Transport of Rockland: 92
  Rockland Coaches: 11
Operated by Metro-North Railroad
Spring Valley 30.6 (49.2)   Transport of Rockland: 59, 91, 92, 94, Monsey Loop 3, Tappan ZEExpress
Rockland Coaches: 11, 45
Operated by Metro-North Railroad


  • The Pascack Valley Line: A History of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, Wilson E. Jones; ISBN 0-941652-14-9
  2. ^ Pascack Valley Line Right-of-Way Improvement Project. New Jersey Transit, January 2006.
  3. ^ NJ TRANSIT RAMPS UP PROJECT TO PROVIDE BI-DIRECTIONAL, OFF-PEAK SERVICE ON PASCACK VALLEY LINE: Project also makes way for rail service to the Meadowlands, press release dated May 11, 2005
  4. ^ PASCACK VALLEY LINE CUSTOMERS TO GET IMPROVED SERVICE THIS FALL, New Jersey Transit Press Release August 16, 2007 Accessed September 13, 2007
  5. ^ "Conrail merger family tree | Trains Magazine". Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "Erie Lackawanna Historical Society". Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  7. ^ Grant, H. Roger (October 1, 1996). Erie Lackawanna: The Death of an American Railroad, 1938-1992. Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804727983.
  8. ^ 'Official Guide of the United States,' August !936, Erie Railroad Section, Table 47
  9. ^ A New Jersey Train Crash Has Left at Least 100 People Injured Esquire By Associated Press; September 29, 2016
  10. ^ a b c "Pascack Valley Line Timetables - November 19, 2014 edition" (PDF). New York, New York: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "Hackensack and New-York Railroad" (PDF). The New York Times. New York, New York: Time Warner. September 9, 1869. Retrieved January 9, 2010.
  12. ^ a b c Jones, Wilson E. (1996). The Pascack Valley Line - A History of the New Jersey and New York Railroad. East Hanover, New Jersey: Railroadians of America. p. 44. ISBN 0-941652-14-9.
  13. ^ Pascack Valley Line Timetables. Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit. 1982.
  14. ^ Cheslow, Jerry (April 1, 1990). "If You're Thinking of Living in: Montvale". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2017.

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