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Backers and Critics Spar Over a Rail Plan


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Backers and Critics Spar Over a Rail Plan

WHILE some towns in central New Jersey are eagerly anticipating a New Jersey Transit plan to build a rail line intended to ease traffic congestion, others are refusing to climb on board.

 

“The overwhelming majority of our town is against it,” said Mayor Anthony LaMantia of Jamesburg, whose town is in Middlesex County. “The towns that are overwhelmingly for it are in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. So if they want it, give it to them — just don’t bring it to Jamesburg.”

 

Jack Kanarek, the senior director of project development for New Jersey Transit, said that the agency is studying three possibilities for laying one set of new tracks that would originate in Lakehurst. How it will make connections to New York City, and what cities will play host to the transit stations, is what is at issue. Mr. Kanarek said that the agency, which has been conducting studies on the matter since 1996, “is not leaning in any particular direction at this time.”

 

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It would have to come out near Red Bank to Merge with the NJCL.

It would go through Freehold(Jamesburg is just west of Freehold),then continue on towards Farmingdale,and take a turn North on a Conrail Secondary that goes into Red Bank. And it will empty out just before Red Bank station.

Or it could go north from Freehold to be just outside of Aberdeen-Matawaan,but the track is set up so it would bring you back south,so NJT would have to construct a wye there.The first scenario was the proposed route.

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It would have to come out near Red Bank to Merge with the NJCL.

It would go through Freehold(Jamesburg is just west of Freehold),then continue on towards Farmingdale,and take a turn North on a Conrail Secondary that goes into Red Bank. And it will empty out just before Red Bank station.

Or it could go north from Freehold to be just outside of Aberdeen-Matawaan,but the track is set up so it would bring you back south,so NJT would have to construct a wye there.The first scenario was the proposed route.

 

 

Yes that is correct. The Matawan Freehold proposal is out because portions of the railroad Right Of Way have already been converted into a rail trail (Henry Hudson Trail) Each proposal has its own pros and cons.

 

Eric

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