'One Seat' Raritan Valley Line Service Commences

Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, and former Westfield Mayor and current Raritan Valley Rail Coalition member Tom Jardim board on the inaugural “One Seat” ride train at Fanwood station. Credits: Photo by Brian Horton
Fanwood Train Station Credits: Photo by John Mooney
Raritan Valley Line Credits: Photo by John Mooney
First dual-powered train of the "One Seat" service approaches Fanwood station Credits: Photo by John Mooney

FANWOOD, NJ - NJ Transit’s new weekday “One Seat” off-peak weekday service on the Raritan Valley Line kicked off today. Boarding the train for the inaugural trip were Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover.

Until today, passengers on the Raritan Valley line have ridden diesel-fueled trains into Newark Penn Station, where they exit and usually switch tracks to board an electric-powered train into New York City.

The schedule features five inbound trains heading into New York Penn Station that stop at Fanwood station at  9:12 a.m., 10:16 a.m.,  11:18 a.m.,  12:18 p.m., and 1:16 p.m.   Return “One Seat” train service along the Raritan Valley Line will depart New York Penn Station daily at 10:44 a.m., 11:49 a.m., 12:49 p.m., 1:47 p.m., and 2:39 p.m.

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Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover share their thoughts on the start of NJ Transit’s “One Seat” service: 

"One Seat" service trains commence in Raritan and stop in the Union County communities of Plainfield (at its two stations, including Netherwood), Fanwood, Westfield, Garwood, Cranford, Roselle Park and Union.  For now, the direct service is only offered on non-peak trains, Monday thru Friday. Weekend and rush-hour service are goals for the future because of capacity limits in the rail tunnels run by Amtrak under the Hudson River.

To download the new NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line schedule, click here.

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