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Summit is a train station in Summit, New Jersey, served by New Jersey Transit's Morris & Essex Lines (the Gladstone Branch and Morristown Line). The station sits between Union Place on the north and Broad Street on the south, with station access via either side, and between Summit Avenue on the east and Maple Avenue on the west. Constructed in 1904-05 by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in a mile-long open cut, it is one of the few NJ Transit stations with platforms below street level.

Summit
Summit NJT station 2.jpg
Gladstone train waits on the Wall Track in view from east end.
Coordinates40°42′59.6″N 74°21′27.9″W / 40.716556°N 74.357750°W / 40.716556; -74.357750Coordinates: 40°42′59.6″N 74°21′27.9″W / 40.716556°N 74.357750°W / 40.716556; -74.357750
Owned byNew Jersey Transit
Platforms2 (1 island platform, 1 side platform)
Tracks3
ConnectionsNJT Bus NJT Bus: 70, 986
Intercity Bus Lakeland: 78
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone9[1]
History
Opened1905
Traffic
Passengers (2017)3,880 (average weekday)[2][3]
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
New Providence
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch Short Hills
Chatham Morristown Line
Former services
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
Chatham
toward Buffalo
Main Line Short Hills
toward Hoboken
New Providence
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch Roseville Avenue
toward Hoboken

HistoryEdit

The station had served several Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and then Erie-Lackwanna Railroad, named passenger trains. These included the Lake Cities, Owl/New York Mail, Twilight/Pocono Express and the DLW flagship train, the Phoebe Snow.[4][5]

The station was cosmetically renovated for the 2005 PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in nearby Springfield. Status screens were installed on the platforms to show the next train and the platforms and fittings were painted. The screens are still present. During that time, buses were used as the connection to go to and from the PGA Championship.[citation needed]

In 2017, NJ Transit will complete construction of a pocket track to help trains turn around during rush hour and free up tracks. The new track will accommodate 12-car trains, allowing NJ Transit to haul more riders to New York and Hoboken.[6]

On December 20, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy chose the station as the venue to sign legislation to reform the management of NJ Transit.[7]

Station layout and servicesEdit

There are two platforms and three tracks: Track 1 is served by a side platform, while Tracks 2 and 3 (also known as the "Wall Track") are served by the island platform. The side platform is accessible via the station overpass or directly from the Union Place parking lot, while the island platform can only be accessed via the overpass.

In the early morning hours, trains on the Gladstone Branch originate at Gladstone Station with a final destination to Hoboken Terminal. Trains going to New York Pennsylvania Station (New York Penn Station) originate in Dover.

On weekends, the Gladstone Branch trains only operate between Summit and Gladstone, requiring passengers wishing to travel further east to transfer across the platform to a Morristown Line train, which operates between Dover and New York (as well as Hoboken via a transfer at Newark Broad Street station).

The station has a small parking lot on its property that slopes down from Union Place. Another large lot is across Summit Avenue, accessible from Broad Street. In the 1990s, a multistory parking garage was built on part of the Broad Street lot. In the days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the city made daily chalk marks on the tires of the many unclaimed vehicles to help identify those missing.[citation needed]

The station also has a waiting room with a small coffee and newspaper shop that is open at morning commute time and then through the afternoon rush hour.

M Overpass Walkway between platforms and station building
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 1      Morristown Line weekdays toward Dover or Hackettstown (Chatham)
     Gladstone Branch weekdays toward Gladstone (New Providence)
Track 2      Morristown Line weekends toward Dover (Chatham)
     Morristown Line toward Hoboken (weekdays only) or New York (Short Hills)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Track 3      Gladstone Branch weekdays toward Hoboken or New York (Short Hills)
     Gladstone Branch weekends toward Gladstone (New Providence)
     Gladstone Branch weekend termination track →
G Street level Station building, ticket machines, parking

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Morris and Essex Timetables" (PDF). Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Transit Rail Operations. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 19, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  4. ^ 1954 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad timetable http://viewoftheblue.com/photography/timetables/DLW042554.pdf
  5. ^ 1961 Erie-Lackawanna timetable https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/ERIE_TABLE1_19610625.png
  6. ^ "Turn-around track to allow more NJ Transit train cars for NYC commute". Nj.com. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  7. ^ "Murphy Signs Historic NJ Transit Reforms, Vows It Will Improve". Summit, NJ Patch. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2019-07-17.

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