Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The Morris County Freeholders and the county’s Board of Transportation are calling for a study into the feasibility of reestablishing commuter rail service on the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway along the Route 23 corridor in Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties.

The NYS&W halted its commuter trains along that corridor in the 1960’s, but continues freight service.

The freeholders, in a resolution adopted July 27, said the Route 23 corridor in Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties has become increasingly congested over the years.

The resolution states reestablishing commuter service would “alleviate commuter traffic; reduce the impact on state, county and municipal infrastructure; and lower carbon emissions to benefit the environment.”

The freeholders, in the resolution, said resumption of commuter rail service would also benefit the economic future of the region; enhance the quality of life for the residents of Morris County and the region; and increase property values.

The freeholders are asking NJ Transit, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and Sussex and Passaic counties to join them in initiating the study.