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NJ TRANSIT ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF GREAT NOTCH STATION
Station will close January 16 due to low ridership
December 21, 2009
NEWARK, NJ —NJ TRANSIT today announced that Great Notch Station, located in Little Falls on the Montclair-Boonton Line, will close January 16, 2010, due to low ridership.
Last year, NJ TRANSIT conducted a public hearing on September 3, at the Little Falls Township Municipal Building, to gather public input regarding consideration being given to the possibility of closing the station.
In response to community requests, NJ TRANSIT increased train service at Great Notch Station in April 2009 and began a trial period to build better ridership at the station. Throughout the trial period, NJ TRANSIT monitored ridership at the station, with the goal of encouraging 75 average weekday riders by the end of six months, and 100 over a year of the trial. However, ridership counts at the station remained anemic, with fewer than 10 customers boarding from Great Notch on a typical weekday.
Since Montclair State University Station opened in 2004, demand at Great Notch Station has steadily declined. In Fiscal Year 2009, there were nine average weekday boardings at Great Notch Station, compared to 203 and 597 at the nearby Little Falls and Montclair State University stations, respectively.
Great Notch Station customers are encouraged to visit njtransit.com for station and schedule information for Montclair State University Station, located about one mile away from Great Notch, and Little Falls Station, which is less than two miles away.
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