Walnut Street station (NJ Transit)

Walnut Street (formerly known as Montclair[2]) is a New Jersey Transit station on Walnut Street at Depot Square in Montclair, New Jersey along the Montclair-Boonton Line. It is the most used station on the Montclair–Boonton Line. Walnut Street is the second or fifth (depending the station of origin) of six stops that are in Montclair along the Montclair-Boonton line. It gets its name from the street that crosses the railroad tracks next to the station. It has a farmers' market in its parking lot from the summer to the early fall.

Walnut Street
Walnut Street Station - February 2015.jpg
Walnut Street station in February 2015.
Location25 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
Coordinates40°49′02″N 74°12′35″W / 40.8173°N 74.2098°W / 40.8173; -74.2098Coordinates: 40°49′02″N 74°12′35″W / 40.8173°N 74.2098°W / 40.8173; -74.2098
Owned byNew Jersey Transit
Platforms2 low level side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsCommuter Bus DeCamp: 33
Construction
Parking198 spots in 4 lots
Bicycle facilitiesparking rack
Disabled accessno
Other information
Station code1737[1]
Fare zone5
History
OpenedJanuary 1, 1873[3][4][5]
RebuiltOctober 27, 1953[6]
ElectrifiedSeptember 30, 2002
Previous namesMontclair[2]
Key dates
July 1, 1981Station agency closed[7]
Passengers
20171,208 (average weekday)[8][9]
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Watchung Avenue Montclair-Boonton Line Bay Street
Former services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Watchung Avenue Boonton Line
until 2002
Benson Street
toward Hoboken
Preceding station Erie Railroad Following station
Watchung Avenue New York and Greenwood Lake Railway Glen Ridge

The station house, built in 1953, has been leased out as a restaurant for many years. The most recent tenant to occupy the space, Mezoco Mexican Taqueria, opened in 2016.

HistoryEdit

 
The former Erie Plaza station in Montclair as viewed in 1909. This station was demolished in 1953

Built in 1873 by the Montclair Railway, the station was the Erie Railroad's main station in Montclair. The station was formerly known as Montclair.[2] In 1953, the current building was erected and the old station was demolished.[6] On October 23, 1973, a freight train derailed at the station.[10] The Montclair Connection, which merged the Montclair Branch and the Boonton Line, is a few streets after the station.

Station layoutEdit

The station's low-level side platforms are not accessible. The station is located at the corner of Walnut Street and Depot Square, and is in the Walnut street business district.[11]

Ground/
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound      Montclair-Boonton Line weekdays toward Montclair University or Hackettstown (Watchung Avenue)
Inbound      Montclair-Boonton Line weekdays toward Hoboken or New York (Bay Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Street level Ticket machine and parking

BibliographyEdit

  • Baxter, Raymond J.; Adams, Arthur G. (1999). Railroad Ferries of the Hudson: And Stories of a Deckhand. Fordham, New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 9780823219544.
  • Catlin, George L. (1873). Homes on the Montclair Railway, for New York Business Men. A Description of the Country Adjacent to the Montclair Railway, Between Jersey City and Greenwood Lake. New York, New York: Montclair Railway Company.
  • Whittemore, Henry (1894). History of Montclair Township, State of New Jersey: Including the History of Families who Have Been Identified with Its Growth and Prosperity. New York, New York: The Suburban Publishing Company. Retrieved February 6, 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Shepard, Royal F.; Shepard, Elizabeth. Images of America: Montclair. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 24. ISBN 9780738513492.
  3. ^ Catlin 1873, p. 33.
  4. ^ Whittemore 1894, p. 47.
  5. ^ Baxter & Adams 1999, p. 147.
  6. ^ a b "Walnut Street Station Opens". The Montclair Times. October 29, 1953. pp. 1, 15. Retrieved January 28, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  7. ^ "Township's Position Clairified on Railroad Property Proposals". The Montclair Times. June 18, 1981. p. 15. Retrieved March 11, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ "Quarterly Ridership Trends Analysis" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "How Many Riders Use NJ Transit's Hoboken Train Station?". Hoboken Patch. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  10. ^ Cook, Joan (October 23, 1973). "11‐Car Night Derailment Damages Bloomfield Home". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  11. ^ Walnut Street, New Jersey Transit, accessed April 27, 2007.

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