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  by M&Eman
 
Remember when I emailed NJT about ridership? Well... I got my response. Here it is:


Rank

Station

Line
2005 Average Weekday Boardings

1. New York Penn Terminal 69,506
2. Newark Penn Terminal 18,610
3. Hoboken Terminal 17,335
4. Princeton Jct NEC 7,040
5. Metropark NEC 6,876
6. Trenton NEC 5,898
7. New Brunswick NEC 5,354
8. Elizabeth NEC 4,162
9. Metuchen NEC 3,745
10. Hamilton NEC 3,570
11. Summit M&E 3,218
12. Aberdeen-Matawan Coast 3,096
13. Edison NEC 2,998
14. South Orange M&E 2,906
15. Rahway NEC 2,840
16. Maplewood M&E 2,781
17. Newark Airport NEC 2,652
18. Linden NEC 2,157
19. Westfield RVL 2,049
20. Morristown M&E 2,007
21. Newark Broad M&E 1,982
22. Secaucus Jct Terminal 1,907
23. Middletown Coast 1,881
24. Jersey Avenue NEC 1,653
25. Woodbridge Coast 1,624
26. Red Bank Coast 1,600
27. Millburn M&E 1,517
28. Dover M&E 1,394
29. Madison M&E 1,370
30. Long Branch Coast 1,369
31. Brick Church M&E 1,337
32. Chatham M&E 1,319
33. Short Hills M&E 1,281
34. Ridgewood MLBC 1,268
35. Convent M&E 1,207
36. Radburn MLBC 1,198
37. Atlantic City ACL 1,145
38. South Amboy Coast 1,102
39. Perth Amboy Coast 1,044
40. Princeton NEC 1,030
41. Cranford RVL 1,030
42. Plainfield RVL 1,003
43. Hazlet Coast 992
44. Suffern MLBC 917
45. Little Silver Coast 916
46. Orange M&E 914
47. Fanwood RVL 890
48. Dunellen RVL 847
49. Ramsey Main St MLBC 835
50. Glen Ridge M-B 819
51. Glen Rock MLBC 817
52. Walnut Street M-B 816
53. Roselle Park RVL 778
54. Bloomfield M-B 723
55. Rutherford MLBC 693
56. Union RVL 689
57. Bay Street M-B 665
58. Somerville RVL 663
59. Bound Brook RVL 660
60. Raritan RVL 660
61. Morris Plains M&E 643
62. Watchung Ave M-B 636
63. Asbury Park Coast 611
64. Mountain Station M&E 557
65. Netherwood RVL 557
66. Lindenwold ACL 551
67. North Elizabeth NEC 527
68. New Providence M&E 508
69. Murray Hill M&E 497
70. Berkeley Hts M&E 485
71. Denville M&E 465
72. Philadelphia ACL 463
73. Lyons M&E 462
74. Upper Montclair M-B 453
75. Clifton MLBC 453
76. Ho-Ho-Kus MLBC 447
77. Passaic MLBC 441
78. Allendale MLBC 420
79. Waldwick MLBC 418
80. Lyndhurst MLBC 417
81. Point Pleasant Coast 413
82. Broadway MLBC 412
83. Paterson MLBC 397
84. East Orange M&E 392
85. Hawthorne MLBC 379
86. River Edge Pascack 376
87. Belmar Coast 369
88. Mountain View M-B 327
89. No. Hackensack Pascack 324
90. Delawanna MLBC 316
91. Hillsdale Pascack 308
92. Westwood Pascack 304
93. Mahwah MLBC 282
94. Oradell Pascack 269
95. Anderson Street Pascack 263
96. Cherry Hill ACL 258
97. Montclair Hts M-B 256
98. Allenhurst Coast 255
99. Kingsland MLBC 255
100. Highland Ave M&E 254
101. Bay Head Coast 244
102. Spring Lake Coast 232
103. Netcong M-B 229
104. Broadway MLBC 226
105. Little Falls M-B 226
106. Bradley Beach Coast 224
107. Manasquan Coast 219
108. Bernardsville M&E 219
109. Route 17 MLBC 212
110. Millington M&E 204
111. Hammonton ACL 202
112. Wood-Ridge Pascack 201
113. Egg Harbor ACL 197
114. Essex Street Pascack 194
115. Absecon ACL 193
116. Garfield MLBC 185
117. Gladstone M&E 183
118. Elberon Coast 180
119. Far Hills M&E 174
120. Emerson Pascack 169
121. Watsessing M-B 166
122. Lincoln Park M-B 163
123. Gillette M&E 159
124. Park Ridge Pascack 145
125. MSU M-B 143
126. Lake Hopatcong M-B 143
127. Atco ACL 142
128. Mountain Ave M-B 135
129. Plauderville MLBC 134
130. Avenel Coast 124
131. Mount Tabor M&E 123
132. Hackettstown M-B 117
133. Towaco M-B 115
134. Montvale Pascack 111
135. Stirling M&E 107
136. White House RVL 103
137. Basking Ridge M&E 102
138. Woodcliff Lake Pascack 100
139. Annandale RVL 85
140. Boonton M-B 82
141. Teterboro Pascack 75
142. Great Notch M-B 74
143. North Branch RVL 71
144. Garwood RVL 65
145. High Bridge RVL 60
146. Mount Olive M-B 46
147 Mountain Lakes M-B 42
148. Peapack M&E 40
149. Finderne RVL 28
150. Lebanon RVL 17

Suprisingly, Finderne gets higher ridership than Lebanon.

  by jersey_emt
 
Cool...thanks for posting this!
  by Frogger
 
M&Eman wrote: 22. Secaucus Jct Terminal 1,907

49. Ramsey Main St MLBC 835
109. Route 17 MLBC 212

125. MSU M-B 143
Nice to see that Ramsey - Main St. has 4x the riders of the Elephant. MSU also with really impressive numbers. So they spent what, $60MM for 355 extra riders?

Secaucus surprisingly has that many people that start there. How many did Harmon Cove have in the past? I guess direct service into NYP has helped the people of Secaucus, even if there isn't any parking.
Atlantic City Line
37. Atlantic City ACL 1,145
115. Absecon ACL 193
113. Egg Harbor ACL 197
111. Hammonton ACL 202
127. Atco ACL 142
66. Lindenwold ACL 551
96. Cherry Hill ACL 258
72. Philadelphia ACL 463
Last edited by Frogger on Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:34 pm, edited 2 times in total.

  by M&Eman
 
Those arent the two Glen Rocks you are comparing; that is the Glen Rock stations combined and Glen Ridge. 817+819=1636, way too much for a town with the size and demographics of Glen Rock.

  by Frogger
 
Wasn't paying attention. Apparently they combine the two stations into one number.

  by Bay Head Local
 
Thanks a lot for posting this. How'd you get in contact with NJ Transit? I mean like when you have questions like this, what E-Mail address do you use to contact them?

  by M&Eman
 
Bay Head, just click on contact on the main page of the NJT website. Follow the instructions from there.

  by gravelyfan
 
A couple of points to keep in mind...

These are average weekday boardings at the noted station for the fiscal year 2005 (which ended June 30, 2005 — over a year ago).

Some stations (East Orange, Newark Broad, Highland, etc. on the M&E and Perth Amboy and Paterson on other lines come to mind) have large "reverse peak" ridership, with outbound boarding riders in the AM. Those riders are counted just the same as a "traditional" inbound AM rider is in these statistics.

Local riders (those not going to a major terminal) are included in these counts also. NEC and M&E stations in particular have large local ridership. I've seen it written that the number of NJT's local riders (just on rail, not bus or light rail) is greater than the total ridership on Caltrain (San Francisco) or MARC (Washington/Baltimore area).

At Secaucus, I believe there is a slight overcounting due to the Metro-North Mail-Tik monthly riders; since their MN monthly is a Metrocard, it cannot be used in the Secaucus turnstiles, so those riders are given a Secaucus-NY monthly in addition to their Metrocard ticket. Perhaps someone closer to the subject can clarify this.

I think it's kind of interesting that there are almost twenty stations with less ridership than the much-maligned Mount Tabor station.

  by geoffand
 
gravelyfan wrote:I think it's kind of interesting that there are almost 20 stations with LESS ridership than the much-maligned Mount Tabor station.
And I think it is interesting that Morristown has more boardings than Secaucus. Yet Morristown is a crapshoot compared to Secaucus.

  by nick11a
 
That is a pretty darn cool list! Thanks!

Nick

  by Frogger
 
geoffand wrote:
gravelyfan wrote:I think it's kind of interesting that there are almost 20 stations with LESS ridership than the much-maligned Mount Tabor station.
And I think it is interesting that Morristown has more boardings than Secaucus. Yet, Morristown is a crapshoot compared to Secaucus.
But that doesn't count transfers at Secaucus, except the possible previously mentioned Metro-North issue.

  by Bay Head Local
 
Why is Lebanon even kept open? I know school bus stops that get more ridership than that :-D

  by nick11a
 
Just you wait.... NJT within a year or two will have more frequent service to High Bridge plus they are going to be opening up soon a HUGE condo building which is just next to the train station. High Bridge's ridership wasn't the greatest until recently and I expect with Lebanon, the tides will soon turn.

  by M&Eman
 
How come Hazlet got high level platforms and Little Silver is getting high level platforms when Morristown and South Orange get only mini-highs and Maplewood and Jersey Avenue get nothing? The ridership at those stations dwarf those at Hazlet and Little Silver.

  by Bay Head Local
 
I was suprised to see that South Orange has higher ridership than Maplewood. IIRC, the reason those stations (South Orange/Maplewood)don't have high-level platforms is for historical reasons or something like that. Also I think there are plans to turn Jersey Avenue into a full time high-level station.