Four Steps to the Ultimate "One-seat" Ride

(One Seat Ride Means No Change in Newark)

  • Step One: Off peak, mid day (launched March 3rd, 2014)  
  • Step Two: After 8 pm, week day (coming Nov. 2014)  
  • Step Three: Week-end service for entire line  
  • Step Four: Two Trains Peak Hour AM and PM  


RVRC Chairman Peter Palmer at the Somerset County 4H Fair


Raritan Valley Rail Talks to Commuters at the Somerset County 4H Fair


BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) attended the Somerset County 4H Fair from August 6 through 8 in order to “spread the word” about progress on the “one seat” ride into NY Penn Station.

RVRC Chairman Peter Palmer talked with residents and commuters, asking them to “get involved” with the ongoing effort.

“The Coalition has been working on the “one seat” ride for twenty years,” said Chairman Palmer. “It is very gratifying to finally begin to see progress with the introduction of off-peak week day service this past March and the promise of after 8 pm “one seat” service in November.”

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“While a one-seat ride may seem like just a convenience for some commuters, the reality is that it would foster great economic growth along the whole corridor. These are fateful decisions for the Raritan Valley.  We need a groundswell of support from the people living along the Raritan Valley Line – in fact, we need a crusade!”

  -Peter Palmer, Somerset County Freeholder and RVRC Chairman

Facts About the Raritan Valley Rail "One Seat Ride" 

  • Raritan Valley Line is NJ TRANSIT’s only major line with track connectivity to NYC without access to a “One Seat Ride” and it represents 10% of total ridership of all lines with connectivity.
  • Alternative plans to give Raritan Valley access to a “One Seat Ride” such as new rail tunnels are uncertain, costly and at best, many years in the future.
  • “One Seat Ride” currently possible without major construction by using NEW dual powered locomotives.
  • “One Seat Ride” will decrease travel time and increase property values. (When the Morris and Essex line got the “One Seat Ride” in 1996 property values along the line rose significantly.)
  • NJ Transit will soon initiate a “pilot” “One Seat Ride” on the Raritan Valley Line to Penn Station New York for midday, off-peak weekday trains.

ACTION:  We need NJ Transit to permanently and with deliberate speed,

expand the "One Seat Ride" service on the Raritan Valley Line to include

Peak Hour as well as weekend service.