34th Street station (Hudson–Bergen Light Rail)

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34th Street is a station on the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey. The third of four stations in the city of Bayonne, 34th Street is located at the intersection of Avenue E and East 34th Street, the station doubles as a park and ride with access to Route 440 southbound.

34th Street
Hudson–Bergen Light Rail station
34th St HBLR Sta jeh.JPG
LocationAvenue E at East 34th Street
Bayonne, New Jersey
Coordinates40°40′19″N 74°06′29″W / 40.672°N 74.108°W / 40.672; -74.108Coordinates: 40°40′19″N 74°06′29″W / 40.672°N 74.108°W / 40.672; -74.108
Owned byNew Jersey Transit
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: S89
Boat: Cape Liberty Cruise Port (via taxi and limousine service)
Construction
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1
History
OpenedApril 17, 2000[1]
Electrified750 V (DC) overhead catenary
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
22nd Street
toward 8th Street
8th Street–Hoboken 45th Street
toward Hoboken
Bayonne Flyer
Former services
Preceding station Conrail Following station
East 22nd Street
toward Cranford
Bayonne Scoot Terminus
Preceding station Central Railroad of New Jersey Following station
East 22nd Street
toward Somerville
Somerville – Jersey City
Local
East 33rd Street
East 45th Street

HistoryEdit

Jersey Central stationEdit

34th Street station was built just north of a former Central Railroad of New Jersey station, located at Avenue E and East 33rd Street. This station was known as East 33rd Street and formerly as Bayonne. The station opened on August 1, 1864 as part of a steam connection between what would become Communipaw Terminal and the Bergen Point neighborhood. This was prior to the bridge across Newark Bay was built and connected to the mainline at Elizabethport.[2] The depot was built on the westbound platform at the time and a new eastbound station came in 1901.[3] The westbound depot was razed in 1962.[3] East 33rd Street's eastbound depot would become the main ticket agency, which would be removed on April 30, 1967 as part of the Aldene Plan, which would move passenger service to the Lehigh Valley Railroad into Newark Penn Station. Passenger service through Bayonne and Jersey City was truncated to East 33rd Street as part of the Aldene Plan.[4][5] The station depot was razed in 1969.[6] Passenger service at East 33rd Street ended on August 6, 1978 when Conrail ended the shuttle between Cranford and East 33rd Street.[7]

HBLR stationEdit

The modern station opened on April 17, 2000 as the terminus of the original minimum operating segment (MOS) of the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail.[1]

Station layoutEdit

The station has two tracks and a single island platform, along with an overhead pedestrian bridge to the parking lot on Route 440. 34th Street station is accessible for handicapped people as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As a result, there are elevators for the pedestrian bridge, along with grade-level train access on the platforms. The station serves local service between 8th Street station in Bayonne and Hoboken Terminal, along with the Bayonne Flyer, an express service between Bayonne and Hoboken.

Mezzanine Elevators to park and ride, buses
Ground/platform level
Exit/entrance
Southbound      8th Street–Hoboken toward 8th Street (22nd Street)
     Bayonne Flyer toward 8th Street (rush hours) (22nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right  
Northbound      8th Street–Hoboken toward Hoboken (45th Street)
     Bayonne Flyer toward Hoboken (rush hours) (45th Street)

ConnectionsEdit

 
New York City Transit bus #6323 pulls into 34th Street on the S89 line

Since September 2007, the S89 bus route of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of the New York City metro area provides a link from 34th Street station to Staten Island. A 397-space park and ride lot has also been built at the station.[8]

In 2005, eight PCC streetcars from the Newark City Subway were given to the Bayonne to be rehabilitated and operated along a proposed 2.5-mile (4.0 km) loop to connect the station to MOTBY, the former naval base being redeveloped as cruise port, residential and recreation area. As of 2015, plans call for a pedestrian bridge over Route 440 connecting the station to the new developments.[9] In 2017, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority allocated funds for the study of bridge plans for which the City of Bayonnne has $4 million to build.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Dunleavy, Brian (April 18, 2000). "Day One is Smooth for New Light Rail". The Bergen Record. Hackensack, New Jersey. p. 3. Retrieved October 31, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ Historical Society of Hudson County 1908, p. 18–19.
  3. ^ a b Bernhart 2004, p. 42–43.
  4. ^ "18 Stations on Railroad Cutback List". The Asbury Park Press. March 1, 1967. pp. 1, 6. Retrieved October 31, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ "Shore Commuters Gripe About Standing". The Daily Home News. New Brunswick, New Jersey. May 1, 1967. p. 13. Retrieved October 31, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ Bernhart 2004, p. 43.
  7. ^ "DOT Gives Farewell Toots to Underused 'Bayonne Scoots'". The Home News. New Brunswick, New Jersey. August 7, 1978. p. 13. Retrieved October 31, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ http://web.mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/staten/s089cur.pdf
  9. ^ What's planned for Bayonne's MOT? City officials, developers give an overview, Jonathan Lin,The Jersey Journal, October 19, 2015
  10. ^ http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2017/01/bayonne_plans_route_440_pedestrian_bridge_near_sp.html

BibliographyEdit

External linksEdit

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