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 Jan. 2015)  
  • Step Three: Week-end service for entire line  
  • Step Four: Two Trains Peak Hour AM and PM  

(L to R) Ken Wedeen, Somerset Planner and RVRC Secretary; Cameron Black, Union County Transportation Intern; Peter Palmer, RVRC Chairman; Kathleen Miller Prunty, Director of Business Development for Cranford; Liza Betz, Union County Transportation Planning Manager; Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood; Tom Drabic, Transportation Planner, Sussex County.



Raritan Valley After 8pm “One Seat” Ride Back On for Jan 2015


CRANFORD, NJ - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) held an Open House meeting in Cranford on Monday evening to inform commuters and residents about the campaign for an equitable number of ‘one seat’ trains (direct into NYC).

“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said RVRC Chairman and Somerset Country Freeholder Peter Palmer. “We were even more pleased with NJ TRANSIT’s announcement that they will find the money somehow to institute after 8 pm ‘one seat’ service as of January 2015. This brings us one step closer to the ultimate goal of ‘one seat’ service during peak hours.”

In an interview with Transportation Radio, RVRC Vice Chairman Tom Jardim said “We need to motivate and rally every single rider along the Raritan Valley Line and beyond. . . because it affects all of us in every community. They need to start pushing legislators and NJ TRANSIT to give us a complete ‘one seat’ ride…it’s a matter of fairness and equity.”

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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.