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A 40-Year Celebration of NJ Transit’s Rail Operations

On January 1, NJ Transit assumed control and management of the operations of New Jersey’s commuter rail network, which had previously been run by Conrail under contract to NJ Transit and the state of New Jersey.

Shortly after midnight on January 1, 1983, the first NJ Transit trains with crews who were now officially NJ Transit employees departed Hoboken and Penn Station New York. Over the past four decades, NJ Transit has invested in modernised equipment, rebuilt the infrastructure and right-of-way, increased service to Midtown Manhattan, introduced one-seat rides to Penn Station New York on three rail lines, increased overall capacity, and extended electrification along two heavily travelled rail corridors, among other improvements.

“Congratulations to the men and women of rail operations for a job well done,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and chairperson of the NJ Transit board. I am proud of NJ Transit’s dedication over the past four decades to provide safe and dependable rail travel to millions of consumers throughout the state. In addition, we continue to utilise and invest in cutting-edge technologies and innovations to improve service and safety.”

NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin S. Corbett congratulated and thanked the entire NJ Transit rail operations team, both past and present, on the occasion of the company’s 40th anniversary. “With a proud legacy behind us, an extraordinary team now in place, major rail infrastructure projects like the Portal North Bridge Replacement Project currently underway, and 138 new multi-level rail cars beginning to arrive in 2024, the future looks very bright for this vital division of NJ Transit — and, more importantly, for the millions of customers who rely on it each year,” said the NJ Transit executive.

In honour of this milestone, NJ Transit has commemorated the predecessor railways and employees who comprise the system by painting four locomotives with vintage paint schemes. For example, ALP46A 4636 wears a paint scheme inspired by the Pennsylvania Railroad, while GP40PH-2 4109 resembles its original Central Railroad of New Jersey paint scheme. On January 1, NJ Transit assumed control and management of the operations of New Jersey’s commuter rail network, which had previously been run by Conrail under contract to NJ Transit and the state of New Jersey.

Shortly after midnight on January 1, 1983, the first NJ Transit trains with crews who were now officially NJ Transit employees departed Hoboken and Penn Station New York. Over the past four decades, NJ Transit has invested in modernised equipment, rebuilt the infrastructure and right-of-way, increased service to Midtown Manhattan, introduced one-seat rides to Penn Station New York on three rail lines, increased overall capacity, and extended electrification along two heavily travelled rail corridors, among other improvements.

“Congratulations to the men and women of rail operations for a job well done,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and chairperson of the NJ Transit board. I am proud of NJ Transit’s dedication over the past four decades to provide safe and dependable rail travel to millions of consumers throughout the state. In addition, we continue to utilise and invest in cutting-edge technologies and innovations to improve service and safety.”

NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin S. Corbett congratulated and thanked the entire NJ Transit rail operations team, both past and present, on the occasion of the company’s 40th anniversary. “With a proud legacy behind us, an extraordinary team now in place, major rail infrastructure projects like the Portal North Bridge Replacement Project currently underway, and 138 new multi-level rail cars beginning to arrive in 2024, the future looks very bright for this vital division of NJ Transit — and, more importantly, for the millions of customers who rely on it each year,” said the NJ Transit executive.

In honour of this milestone, NJ Transit has commemorated the predecessor railways and employees who comprise the system by painting four locomotives with vintage paint schemes. For example, ALP46A 4636 wears a paint scheme inspired by the Pennsylvania Railroad, while GP40PH-2 4109 resembles its original Central Railroad of New Jersey paint scheme.

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