An important anniversary recently passed with very little notice, but we remember. New Jersey Transit Rail Operations celebrated its 35th birthday at the start of the year. While NJT started in 1979 by taking over much of the state's bus service and the Newark City Subway, it entered the rail side of transit when the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) was forced to stop operating local trains throughout the Northeast Region at the end of 1982.

 

Beginning in 1983, NJT Rail consolidated a number of disparate rail lines under its umbrella, became an industry leader in rail transit, and built a number of improvements. They included completing the re-electrification of the Morris & Essex Lines in 1984 and opening Midtown Direct service to Penn Station in 1996.

 

 Happy Birthday, NJT Rail!