Friday, October 10, 2014

A new station for NJT's RVL?

(Train sightings on 10-6-14.)

According to the Courier News (10/6) the Bridgewater Township Council will vote this Monday night (October 6th) whether to take the first step in asking NJ Transit to build a train station on Milltown Road. The council will conduct a hearing ordinance to purchase an option to buy a 5-acre tract at 360 Milltown Road for $1.5 million if NJ Transit finds the proposal feasible, Mayor Dan Hayes said. The option to buy the property for $1.5 million would cost the township about $15,000 over the next 18 months. Hayes noted that the train station would be next to the Vanderhaven Farms community. "It's already a transit village," he said. After the ordinance is adopted, Hayes said he would request NJ Transit conduct a feasibility study. If NJ Transit finds the project is feasible, then the township and NJ Transit would work out the details, including the design and ownership of the station. "It's a big project. It will take a long time," the mayor said. "There are a lot of options." The train station, the mayor said, would make Bridgewater more competitive in attracting 25- to 35-years-old residents, whom most major employers are looking to hire. Bridgewater already has one station on the Raritan Valley Line next to the TD Bank Ballpark in the Finderne section. The potential station location is about one and a half miles east of the North Branch Viaduct, seen here with NJT 5175 making its scheduled North Branch station stop.