Dcell wrote:https://jerseydigs.com/land-sale-could- ... montclair/
Maverickstation1 wrote: ↑Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:31 am
That would be one beyond complicated rail trail to put together.
You have (2) ancient movable bridges, WR & DB that were in barely usable condition when NJ Transit still used
I can only imagine the push back from Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville and Kearny.
Given the investment needed on the line, I could see a Light Rail service being justified, not a rail trail.
Probably the only part that could justify light rail would be an extension of the Newark Light Rail to Montclair - maybe. Given the state of light rail in New Jersey, that seems a long way off. The HBLR extension to Tenafly - how long has that been on the table? For the main part of HBLR, which has been open for nearly two decades, there are twenty-minute midday headways on the branches (wasn't it originally fifteen minutes?). That's pretty mediocre for an urban rail service.
There already is rail service from Montclair to Hoboken via Newark Broad Street. That seems adequate for the moment.
As for a trail: I could see that working for Montclair to the Passaic River. If the bridge situation is resolved, then there could be an extension to about Schuyler Avenue. But all the way to Jersey City? Sure, there are always a few people who will walk and especially bike almost any distance. I'm not sure there would be enough of them to justify a trail that long.