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Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Morris County, in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), is hosting a virtual public meeting on the Dover & Rockaway Railroad Study on Thursday May 28.

This is the final public meeting for the three-year study, which explored ways to improve safety and efficiency along the six miles of track on the county-owned freight line that run at-grade through Dover and Rockaway townships.

photo shows train coming through tight downtown crossing in Dover between buildings

Train comes through tight downtown crossing in Dover

 

There are 18 ungated at-grade crossings, including 13 in Dover and five in Rockaway Township. Currently trains must stop at each of these crossings with railroad personnel getting off the train and using flags to stop vehicular and pedestrian traffic to allow the train to pass.

Various options considered as part of this study, as well as the preferred option for addressing safety concerns, will be addressed at the virtual meeting.

“This meeting will detail a plan to address safety concerns along the Dover and Rockaway Railroad,” said Morris County Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo, Chair of the NJTPA Board of Trustees. “I encourage the public to join us during the virtual meeting to learn about the study’s findings and provide us with feedback. Even though we cannot meet in person, your input is vital to this project.”

photos shows tracks runnig between buildings

Tracks run tightl;y between buildings

This meeting was originally scheduled for March 17 but was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To comply with statewide social distancing requirements, this meeting will instead be held online.

Information on how to participate will be posted to the project website, www.DoverRailStudy.org, prior to the meeting. The event will include a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. A Spanish language interpreter will be available to provide translations if needed.

The Dover and Rockaway Railroad line connects to the NJ Transit Morristown line west of Dover. This study explored alternatives for relocating the junction to the east of Dover to potentially eliminate the ungated crossings.

The alternatives explored as part of this study are located within the Dover, Rockaway Borough, Denville, Randolph, and Rockaway Township.

This study is being conducted as part of the NJTPA’s Pilot Freight Concept Development Program. Once studies complete the concept development phase they move on to Preliminary Engineering for further development and refinement, which enables them to secure environmental documents required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

For additional information about this study visit www.DoverRailStudy.org.