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Paterson-Newark Transit Market Study

Paterson-Newark Transit Market Study 

Public Comment on the Paterson Newark Market Study is being accepted until August 8, 2021.  Please send all comments to Supervising Planner, Andras Holzmann (andrash@passaiccountynj.org)

July 8, 2021 Public Hearing Presentation


Paterson-Newark Transit Market Study Map

The Paterson-Newark Transit Market Study is the first phase in determining the feasibility and scope of improving transit service connecting New Jersey’s first and third most populous cities. This one-year study will explore opportunities to run transit service between Paterson in Passaic County and Newark in Essex County along a combination of dedicated (off-street) corridors, as well as possible shared and mixed-traffic operations.

The study is seeking to identify regional solutions to reduce traffic congestion, improve mass transit service, and support economic development through increased access to jobs, education, healthcare, and commercial development.

This study is funded under the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Subregional Studies Program and is being led by Passaic County in partnership with Essex County. Studies funded under this program may conduct planning-level analysis. This study will not identify a locally preferred alternative.

Study Progress

The Final Report for the Transit Market Study is now ready after a series of technical exercises that identified potential modes (types of travel such as bus and light rail) and alignments between along the Newark Industrial Track between Paterson and Newark. The options were tested in partnership with New Jersey Transit and representatives from each of the municipalities along the alignment in both Passaic and Essex Counties. The findings and recommendations were presented to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) earlier in May 2020 and were made available to the public for review and comment.

The following presentations provide an overview of the study, technical findings, and preliminary recommendations to be included in the final report. The presentations can be found in English and Spanish and the Final Report can be downloaded under Documents.

Study Area

The study corridor includes Paterson and Clifton in Passaic County and Nutley, Belleville and Newark in Essex County. The study will focus on the immediate area surrounding the Newark Industrial Track, but will also identify potential options to connect to Newark Broad Street Station and Paterson Station, as well as exploring the feasibility of connecting the region to the Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson.

Study Goal and Objectives

The goal of the study is to determine the market feasibility of transit service between Paterson in Passaic County and Newark in Essex County. The objectives of the study are to:

  1. Identify potential station stops and alignment options connecting Paterson and Newark that serve key employment and activity centers;
  2. Prepare projections of potential ridership, capacity, and preliminary capital and general operating costs;
  3. Provide a preliminary assessment and screen for environmental issues; and
  4. Identify next steps and potential funding sources.


Final Report
Executive Summary
Factsheet (English)
Factsheet (Spanish)
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting #1 Presentation 9/10/19
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting #2 Presentation  1/10/20
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting #3 Presentation 4/28/20


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