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Pascack Valley Line
New Jersey Transit's Pascack Valley line is a commuter train service that runs north from Hoboken, New Jersey through Bergen County and into Rockland County, New York, terminating at Spring Valley, New York. Its total run is 31 miles (50 km), the last 6 (10 km) of which are in New York. Metro North Railroad owns and operates the stations in New York state.
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 limited to predominant-traffic commuter service since it has only one track for the majority of its run. Occasionally, Norfolk Southern uses the line for freight service.
(from south to north)
- Hoboken - connection to PATH train, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, other NJ Transit lines
- Secaucus Junction, Secaucus - connection to other NJ Transit lines, service to Penn Station
- Essex Street, Hackensack
- Anderson Street, Hackensack
- North Hackensack, River Edge at Kinderkamack Rd. and Grand Ave. near NJ Route 4
- River Edge
- Woodcliff Lake
- Park Ridge
- Montvale, New Jersey
- Pearl River, New York
- Nanuet, New York
- Spring Valley, New York
This 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.
The line used to continue north of Spring Valley to Thiells, New York, but is not in service currently. 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.
- The Pascack Valley Line: A History of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, Wilson E. Jones; ISBN 0941652149
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