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South Jersey

River Line

Carlos Bortos uses a jack to raise the tracks at a light rail construction site in Camden last month. PARIS L. GRAY/Courier-Post
PARIS L. GRAY/Courier-Post file
Carlos Bortos uses a jack to raise the tracks at a light rail construction site in Camden.
                The South Jersey light rail line, recently renamed the River Line, is scheduled to commence running along a 34-mile route from Camden to Trenton Sunday Mar. 14.
        Riders can board at any of its 20 stops and ride to any other on the line for $1.10, a rate well below bus service for comparable trips.
        The bargain rate is intended to attract riders to a line that has been controversial from its inception in the summer of 1995.
        The line is expected to carry less than 6,000 fares on an average weekday, an amount, that combined with the lower fare, will make it the poorest performing rail line in the nation in terms of the fare box.
        Fares generated will cover less than five percent of the line's operating cost.
        The 34-mile line, which cost more than $1 billion to build, will run every half hour from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days, with extended service to midnight on Saturdays when it does not have to relinquish the tracks to freight service after 10 p.m.
        Transit officials see it as an important link to other rail service. Riders can debark at Camden and get on the PATCO high-speed line to Philadelphia or get off in Trenton to take NJTransit or Amtrak trains to North Jersey and New York.
        State and local officials hope the line will stimulate economic growth in addition to providing transportation.
        A trip from the E-center in Camden to the Amtrak station in Trenton will take 73 minutes.

March 12, 2004 - River Line to debut amid hopes, criticism
Riders will face a learning curve
Burlco to expand shuttle bus system
Ads draw on past to stress low fares
Things to know about the River Line
Line took shape by fits and starts
Video
  • South Jersey Light Rail testing - RealVideo | QuickTime

    Follow up stories
    October 13, 2003 - Long-delayed light rail line set to begin operations on Feb. 15
    October 12, 2003 - Light rail line to get new name, date for opening
    September 23, 2003 - Troubled light rail line running late
    September 18, 2003 - Legislators urge probe of builder of light rail line
    September 14, 2003 - Exhibit showcases art projects for light rail line
    September 3, 2003 - Burlington County to provide shuttle buses to rail line
    June 25, 2003 - Camden wants N.J. to pay for test of tainted soil
    June 7, 2003 - Source of Florence dirt sought
    June 6, 2003 - Florence rail line section fenced
    June 5, 2003 - Roberts: Remove rail dirt in city
    June 1, 2003 - Contaminated dirt trucked into city
    May 29, 2003 - Light rail's signals stir anger along line
    May 25, 2003 - NJ Transit threatened with suit
    May 21, 2003 - Light rail-shore link worth further study
    May 17, 2003 - Light rail link to shore line proposed
    May 16, 2003 - Plans changed on trackside dirt unearthed by light rail project
    May 13, 2003 - Agency: Florence dirt also has toxins
    May 12, 2003 - State: Dirt piles near rail line contain toxins
    April 9, 2003 - Rail helping spur growth in Delanco
    March 23, 2003 - Light rail could drain too much money away
    March 13, 2003 - Next stop: development
    November 18, 2002 - Light rail to cross milestone
    October 17, 2002 - Shuttles to expand rail service
    September 30, 2002 - Light rail line not all bad
    September 25, 2002 - Officials criticize, vow to aid rail line
    September 24, 2002 - Light rail needs even more gimmicks
    September 22, 2002 - S.J. Light Rail Line already in trouble
    August 2, 2002 - Toot! Toot! Take ride on Boondoggle Express
    August 1, 2002 - S.J. Rail Line builders file $140M lawsuit
    July 24, 2002 - Problems slow Light Rail
    June 25, 2002 - Riverton housing proposal stalls
    May 20, 2002 - Riverton residents wary of development plans
    May 16, 2002 - Burlco to buy four houses on rail line
    April 14, 2002 - Schools in towns near light rail line getting safety lessons
    April 9, 2002 - S.J. assemblyman named to light-rail panel
    August 20, 2001 - Rail line too close for comfort
    August 1, 2001 - Rancocas bridge will be secured early today
    July 28, 2001 - Railroad bridge righted
    Bridge buffs and locals observe
    July 27, 2001 - $909M in rail, road projects OK'd for S.J.
    Salvage company to begin lifting toppled rail bridge
    July 18, 2001 - Toppled bridge nearly ready to be righted
    June 22, 2001 - Rail line may force removal of shrubs near track
    June 20, 2001 - Poor design blamed for fall of bridge
    June 16, 2001 - Toppled rail bridge to be righted
    May 31, 2001 - Rail workers hack bushes in Palmyra
    May 17, 2001 - DRPA eyeing mass transit for Route 55
    May 12, 2001 - Firm hired to fix toppled railroad bridge

    Editorial
    April 26, 2001 - It's tough to swallow the light rail boondoggle

    Video
  • Trouble Down The Line - QuickTime and Windows Media Player

    PDFs
  • See the series exactly as it appeared in the Courier-Post

    Part 1 - April 22, 2001
  • S.J. light rail line planning is fraught with questions
  • Transit officials move from government to industry
  • Opponents: NJT avoided public input
  • Few take mass transit, leading to congestion

    Part 2 - April 23, 2001
  • Rail usage doubted
  • N.J. bypasses voters on rail funding
  • Optimistic study pushed Camden-Trenton rail route

    Part 3 - April 24, 2001
  • Rail's fate linked to growth
  • NJ Transit gets proactive in bid for riders
  • Ridership low, but Hudson-Bergen line a hit

    More infomation
  • NJ Transit
  • Light Rail Central
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • ADtranz
  • Bechtel Corporation


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