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8th Street (HBLR station)

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Owned by  New Jersey Transit
Bicycle facilities  Yes
Owner  NJ Transit
Platforms in use  1
Platform levels  1
Opened  31 January 2011
Level  1
Tracks  2
8th Street (HBLR station)
Location  40 West 8th Street Bayonne, NJ
Line(s)  8th Street–Hoboken   Bayonne Flyer
Connections  NJT Bus: 81, 120 Broadway Bus (on Broadway)
Address  Bayonne, NJ 07002, United States
Similar  22nd Street, Tonnelle Avenue, 34th Street, Liberty State Park, West Side Avenue

8th Street is a station on the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) located at Avenue C and West 8th Street in Bayonne, New Jersey. It is the southern terminus for the route traveling northbound towards Hoboken Terminal, where it terminates.

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History

The station is located in the Bergen Point neighborhood of Bayonne. It was once served by a stop on the Central Railroad of New Jersey's main line, as trains made their way from the main CNJ terminal in Jersey City to points in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This ended in 1967 when CNJ passenger service was diverted to Newark Penn Station as part of the Aldene Plan. Shuttle service from 8th Street ran south across the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge and continued until August 6, 1978. The headhouse is reminiscent of the earlier station. Baltimore and Ohio passenger trains passed through until its passenger operations northeast of Baltimore ceased operation in 1958.

On April 18, 2008, NJ Transit awarded a $58.4 million contracts to George Harms Company to begin the process of extending the line to 8th Street from 34th Street. This contract paid for foundations, viaducts, tracks and a new station building. The extension follows the Conrail right of way along Avenue E; a viaduct was constructed to take the trains above local streets to a station served by an elevator and stairs. Ground was broken for the station on October 15, 2008. Originally scheduled to open in late 2010, the new station opened January 31, 2011.

Extension

Any further extensions to Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to the south would likely continue to Staten Island over the Bayonne Bridge. The raising of the bridge does not exclude a future light rail.

Nearby attractions

  • The nearby Bayonne Community Museum at 9th street and Broadway is currently under construction.
  • Bergen Point and Kill Van Kull Park
  • References

    8th Street (HBLR station) Wikipedia


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