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Pascack Valley Line

  Pascack Valley Line
#4109 pushes Train #1628 out of Essex Street in Hackensack, en route to Hoboken Terminal.
Type Commuter rail line
System New Jersey Transit and Metro-North Railroad
Locale Northern New Jersey and Hudson Valley, New York, United States
Termini South: Hoboken Terminal in Hudson County, New Jersey
North: Spring Valley in Rockland County, New York
Stations 18
Owner New Jersey Transit
Operator(s) New Jersey Transit
Rolling stock F40PH-2CAT/GP40PH-2/GP40FH-2/PL42AC locomotives
Comet coaches
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
Hudson River
0.0 Hoboken Terminal
Hoboken Yard
Bergen Tunnels
Morris & Essex Lines diverge
Secaucus JunctionNortheast Corridor
NJ Turnpike E Spur
Main Line diverges
5.6 Hackensack River via HX Draw
NJ Turnpike W Spur
NJ Route 3
7.6 Bergen County Line diverges
Meadowlands Rail Line diverges
9.6 Wood-Ridge
Hasbrouck Heights
11.2 Teterboro
U.S. 46
Interstate 80
12.4 Essex StreetHackensack
NYS&W mainline
Center Street
13.5 Anderson StreetHackensack
Fairmount Avenue
NJ Route 4
14.7 New Bridge Landing
16.4 River Edge
New Milford
17.8 Oradell
19.3 Emerson
20.5 Westwood
21.4 Hillsdale
Hillsdale Manor
22.7 Woodcliff Lake
23.6 Park Ridge
24.2 Montvale
New Jersey
New York
25.4 Pearl River
27.9 Nanuet
New York State Thruway
30.6 Spring Valley
31.2 Woodbine

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, New Jersey, 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.


  • Description 1
  • History 2
  • Rolling stock 3
  • Stations 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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 bidirectional service on the line. A siding in Oradell was also planned for increased service and reliability, but the project was halted due to local opposition.[1][2] Service on this line operates seven days a week.[3]


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 the 1960 merger that created the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

In 1976 the Erie Lackawanna was merged with several other railroads to create Conrail. 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. See the article, Port Jervis Line, for the Erie's service west of Suffern.

Rolling stock

All service on this line is diesel, using either GP40PH-2, F40PH, PL42AC, or ALP-45DP locomotives. Comet series passenger cars are used on this line; Bombardier MultiLevel Coaches are occasionally used on this line. Some train sets use equipment owned by Metro-North, which are so marked.


Station[4] Miles (km)
from HOB
Connections / notes[4]
1 Hoboken Terminal Handicapped/disabled access 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)
Bus transport 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 Handicapped/disabled access 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
Bus transport NJT Bus: 2, 78, 129, 329, 353
Main Line diverges
Bergen County Line diverges
Meadowlands Rail Line diverges
3 Wood-Ridge 9.6 (15.4) c. 1860 Formerly Wood-Ridge-Moonachie
Hasbrouck Heights
4 Teterboro
(limited service)
11.2 (18.0)
5 Essex Street Handicapped/disabled access 12.4 (20.0) 1860 Bus transport NJT Bus: 76, 712, 780
Formerly Hackensack
Center Street
Anderson Street 13.5 (21.7) 1869[5] Bus transport NJT Bus: 175, 770
Fairmount Avenue 1869[6] 1983[7]
6 New Bridge Landing 14.7 (23.7) 1870[6] Bus transport NJT Bus: 175, 762
Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11
Formerly Cherry HIll,[6] then North Hackensack
River Edge 16.4 (29.4) 1900 Bus transport NJT Bus: 175, 762
Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11
New Milford
7 Oradell 17.8 (28.6) Bus transport NJT Bus: 175, 762
Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11
8 Emerson 19.3 (31.1) Bus transport NJT Bus: 165
Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11
9 Westwood Handicapped/disabled access 20.5 (33.0) Bus transport NJT Bus: 165
Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11, 14, 46, 84
Hillsdale 21.4 (34.4) 1869 Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11
Hillsdale Manor
10 Woodcliff Lake 22.7 (36.5)
Park Ridge 23.6 (38.0)
Montvale Handicapped/disabled access 24.2 (38.9) Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11
New Jersey / New York state line
MNR Pearl River 25.6 (41.2) Bus transport Transport of Rockland: 92
Operated by Metro-North Railroad
Nanuet Handicapped/disabled access 27.9 (44.9) Bus transport Transport of Rockland: 92
Bus transport Rockland Coaches: 11
Operated by Metro-North Railroad
Spring Valley 30.6 (49.2) Bus transport Transport of Rockland: 59, 91, 92, 94, Monsey Loop 3, Tappan ZEExpress
Rockland Coaches: 11, 45
Operated by Metro-North Railroad
Woodbine 31.2 (50.2)


  • The Pascack Valley Line: A History of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, Wilson E. Jones; ISBN 0-941652-14-9
  1. ^ Pascack Valley Line Right-of-Way Improvement Project
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ PASCACK VALLEY LINE CUSTOMERS TO GET IMPROVED SERVICE THIS FALL, New Jersey Transit Press Release August 16, 2007 Accessed September 13, 2007
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Hackensack and New-York Railroad" (PDF). The New York Times (New York, New York: TimeWarner). September 9, 1869. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Jones, Wilson E. (1996). The Pascack Valley Line - A History of the New Jersey and New York Railroad.  
  7. ^ Pascack Valley Line Timetables.  

External links

  • Pascack Valley Line History
  • Some additional history
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