April will be a big month for the Lackawanna Coalition. We will be celebrating 40 years of service to the train riders in our region and their communities, and we would like you to celebrate with us.
The Coalition began as the Millburn Commuter Watchdog Committee, in response to deteriorating conditions and service on the Morris & Essex Line and other nearby rail lines. Our founders changed the name to the Lackawanna Coalition in honor of the Lackawanna Railroad, our heritage railroad, and to establish a more-regional orientation. At first, we represented riders on the Morris & Essex Line, as well as the Montclair and Gladstone Branches, and their communities. Today our purview has expanded to include the entire Montclair-Boonton Line, and our area of interest comprises all transit that connects with our primary lines of concern. That means North and Central Jersey and New York City, because riders on our primary lines go to all those places.
Come and learn more about us, our history and our railroad. Throughout the month of April, we will present a small museum-style display of artifacts from the Coalition, the Lackawanna Railroad and the town. The artifacts come from members’ collections, as well as the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. The exhibit will be on view at the Millburn Library until the end of the month. To view it, look for the display case to the right after you enter the library.
We also invite you to come to our regular meeting on Monday, April 22 at Millburn Town Hall, starting at 6:45 p.m. Our meeting will feature a celebration of our special anniversary, with stories and refreshments. We hope you will come and celebrate with us, and we hope that you will join the Lackawanna Coalition and help us advocate for better train service on NJ Transit.