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Does anyone know why there is two routes split between Secaucus Junction and Ridgewood? I am referring to one train go toward Rutherford and the other go to Kingsland then meet together at Ridgewood. How this happen and why?

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Well, according to Wikipedia, it was originally intended as a bypass so the freight trains wouldn't clog up the commuter line through PAssaic & Paterson. Then as the towns along the line got built up, eventually passenger service grew on that line.

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The current Main line is not the original one. It used to connect into the Montclair line. Also note that the Bergen line used to run through Croxton yard, and was reconfigured when Secaucus opened.

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