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South Orange station

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South Orange is a New Jersey Transit station in South Orange, New Jersey along the Morris and Essex (formerly Erie Lackawanna) rail line. It is located in the business district of South Orange, near its town hall. It is one of two train stations in the small township of South Orange, Mountain Station being the other near the township border. South Orange station was built by the Lackawanna Railroad in 1916.

South Orange
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South Orange station at the southwest corner of South Orange Avenue and Sloan Street.
Owned byNew Jersey Transit
Platforms1 side platform and 1 island platform
ConnectionsNJT Bus NJT Bus: 92 and 107
Local Transit ONE Bus: 31
Disabled accessYes (mini-platform)
Other information
Fare zone5
RebuiltFebruary 1, 1916[1]
Passengers (2017)4,131 (average weekday)[2][3]
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch Mountain Station
Maplewood Morristown Line
Former services
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
toward Buffalo
Main Line Mountain Station
toward Hoboken
South Orange Station
South Orange station sunny jeh.jpg
The station house as seen from Sloan Street
South Orange station is located in Essex County, New Jersey
South Orange station
Location17 Sloan Street,
South Orange, New Jersey
Coordinates40°44′45″N 74°15′39″W / 40.74583°N 74.26083°W / 40.74583; -74.26083Coordinates: 40°44′45″N 74°15′39″W / 40.74583°N 74.26083°W / 40.74583; -74.26083
Area1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
ArchitectFrank J. Nies
Architectural styleRenaissance
MPSOperating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference #84002669[4]
Added to NRHPJune 22, 1984


Station owner New Jersey Transit decided to perform work at South Orange station to improve accessibility for the handicapped and to repair ninety-year-old viaducts at the station.[5] At a cost of $22.9 million, repair work at South Orange, along with other nearby stations commenced in 2004.[6] South Orange received a mini-high level platform as a result of the repairs, and the tracks surrounding the station were upgraded to have concrete ties and the stairways leading towards the platforms were replaced.[7]

Station layout and serviceEdit

As with nearly all stations on the Morris & Essex Lines east of Summit, there are three tracks at South Orange station numbered according to the scheme that was established by the Lackawanna Railroad. Track 1, the express track, is the middle of the three tracks and is served by trains in the peak rush hour direction. Track 2, the southernmost track, serves eastbound trains heading towards Hoboken and New York. Track 3 is the northernmost track and handles westbound trains to Dover, Gladstone, and Hackettstown.[8]

The western end of the platform for tracks 1 and 3 and the eastern end of the platform for track 2 contain high-level sections of platform. Installed in 2004, these allow those with handicaps to board and bring the station in compliance with ADA regulations.[5] There are a number of retail stores at street level, below the station building. As of 2017, these stores are Cait & Abby's Bakery, Starbucks, Super Cuts, On the Track Cleaners, Cold Stone Creamery, and Village Diner.

Platform level
Track 3      Morristown Line toward Dover or Hackettstown (Maplewood)
     Gladstone Branch toward Gladstone (Maplewood)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Track 1      Morristown Line toward Dover or Hackettstown (Maplewood)
     Gladstone Branch toward Gladstone (Maplewood)
     Morristown Line and      Gladstone Branch toward Hoboken or New York (Brick Church)
Track 2      Morristown Line and      Gladstone Branch toward Hoboken or New York (Mountain Station)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Station building, ticket machines, parking

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Taber, Thomas Townsend; Taber, Thomas Townsend III (1980). The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in the Twentieth Century. 1. Muncy, PA: Privately printed. p. 88. ISBN 0-9603398-2-5.
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ a b M&E station improvement and viaduct rehabilitation NJ Transit official site Retrieved 2007-08-06
  6. ^ NJ Transit approves $22.9 million in viaduct repairs Progressive Railroading Retrieved 2007-08-06
  7. ^ NJ Transit breaks ground on three-station rehab project Progressive Railroading Retrieved 2007-08-07
  8. ^ Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Employee Timetable, 1943.

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