CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris and borough officials met with county and state representatives recently to present its plan for a second train station in the area of River Road.
Harris, borough engineer Vince DeNave, council member Len Resto and borough administrator Steve Williams met at borough hall with Deena Leary of the Morris County Department of Planning and David Behrend of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to discuss Chatham's plan for an additional train station.
Mayor Harris sums up the meeting held with authorities about a plan for an additional Chatham train station on River Road
"The point is to get it into the planning stages," Harris said. "This is a very, very long-range project. This meeting was a long time coming. North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority is a federally funded agency that prioritizes transportation projects in North Jersey. They recognized there was a need for a study."
Harris noted that there are few specifics, except that 800 feet of right of way is needed to build the platforms. The idea would be to add a parking garage, which would take traffic "away from the center of Chatham," Harris said.
The parking garage would be open to Chatham Township and Summit residents as well.
"The train tracks are already there, so it's just a matter of building the platforms," Harris said. "We put together something that meets the criteria for a station. Hopefully, they'll come back to us and tell us whether it merits a study."