• Lower Boonton to become the Essex-Hudson Greenway?

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

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  by Ken W2KB
 
Maverickstation1 wrote: Sun Feb 20, 2022 4:50 pm Here is the story from the Kearny Observer this past November where Kearny's Mayor Santos stated he has issues
with the rail trail project that have not been addresses.
Thanks. >>>"or reconstruction of the Passaic and Hackensack River bridges."<<< Passaic is unclear, but the project specifically does not intend to utilize the Hackensack RR bridge. The trail at the river diverts to the south and will utilize the sidewalk on the recently constructed and opened new Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge to cross the Hackensack.
  by JohnFromJersey
 
NJ moves rather quickly with rail trails for some reason. The one on the former Barnegat Branch IIRC materialized very very very fast, same with the Henry Hudson Trail.
  by JasW
 
erie910 wrote: Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:11 pm The subject really should be "Lower Greenwood Lake to become …." This section of the railroad never was a part of the Lackawanna Boonton Line.
This morning's NYT article on the Greenway called it "the old Boonton Line," which stuck in my craw. Even the official project doc linked in the article refers to it as "the Old Boonton Line." No, the DL&W's "old Boonton Line" ran through Paterson. The EL specifically referred to the new route it cobbled together after the merger as the "Greenwood Lake-Boonton Line." And as you say, the Greenway is all on the Greenwood Lake portion. Why can't they be accurate and call it the "old Greenwood Lake Line"?
  by Dcell
 
Let's see if the Bergen Arches rail/bike trail moves along as fast. Here's hoping.
  by Bracdude181
 
JohnFromJersey wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 9:09 pm NJ moves rather quickly with rail trails for some reason. The one on the former Barnegat Branch IIRC materialized very very very fast, same with the Henry Hudson Trail.
It materialized fast but was built in sections that took years to do. Lacey didn’t get the trail until 2013.
  by nomis
 
Mod Note: Merged concurrent threads from NJT and Jersey Railfan forums.
  by JohnFromJersey
 
Bracdude181 wrote: Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:49 pm It materialized fast but was built in sections that took years to do. Lacey didn’t get the trail until 2013.
I am of the opinion that the Barnegat Branch Rail Trail should've been preserved as a railroad ROW. The area has become pretty dense and developed since the Barnegat Branch was abandoned 40-ish years ago, and would make a pretty good commuter line, especially in the summers.

That being said, that ship has sailed, and I doubt the local and county governments, much less the residents of that area, will give up that rail trail.