Transit Operators

  • New Jersey Transit: The agency operates the service on our Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton Rail Lines, as well as all of the other rail lines, light rail, and most of the bus service in New Jersey. This includes rail and bus service into New York City and bus service to Philadelphia.
  • PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson): PATH trains are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and operate between the two states.  PATH trains connect with our M&E and Montclair-Boonton Line trains at Hoboken.  They take our riders to the Financial District, the Village, and lower Midtown in Manhattan, as well as Jersey City and Newark.
  • Amtrak: Our national rail passenger network, connecting with our rail lines at Penn Station, New York.  Amtrak operates service in the Northeast Region to Boston, Washington, and intermediate points, as well as branches to Harrisburg and Springfield, Massachusetts.  There is also service to New York State and long-distance trains to Canada, Chicago, Florida, and New Orleans.  Other trains connect at Chicago and New Orleans for the West Coast.
  • New York City Transit: From New York Penn Station, you can go anywhere in the city on the subways and buses. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates transit in the city, also operates the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and buses on Long Island.
  • The American Public Transportation Association: (APTA) is the trade association for the transit industry. APTA’s web site has all the information you will ever want about transit in the U.S.A. and Canada, as well as links to all local transit web sites and many sites for transit advocacy groups in other states.

Passenger Advocacy Groups

  • New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers (NJ-ARP): NJ-ARP is our sibling organization and has been concerned with rail issues on a statewide basis since 1980. Their site contains “hotline” updates and other information about the rail scene in the Garden State. Formerly at
  • Regional Rail Working Group: This is an alliance of rail advocates in New York and New Jersey, whose goal is improved service on a regionwide basis. The Lackawanna Coalition is a member of the alliance, which includes local and statewide organizations.
  • Rail Passengers Association, formerly National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP)NARP is the largest and oldest national rail-advocacy organization, dedicated to the preservation and improvement of rail service on Amtrak and the development of new long-distance and corridor rail services.  Several Lackawanna Coalition members are active at NARP, and former Coalition Chair Albert L. Papp has served as Vice President of NARP; as of May 2021, he is one of three N.J. members on the Association’s Council of Representatives.
  • Rail Users’ Network (RUN): RUN is a national organization that advocates for improvements in local transit, as well as for an improved experience on Amtrak trains.  Advocacy coalitions, transit advisory committees, and individual rail advocates comprise the membership of RUN.
  • Save Our Stops: Protesting service cuts to Mount Tabor Station.  The community of Mount Tabor has started a campaign for the restoration of trains that were eliminated from the schedule, an initiative which we support. Formerly at

Rail-Oriented Publications

For Railfans


OpenRailwayMap is a global map of railways detailed online map of the world’s railway infrastructure, built on OpenStreetMap data.  The project was founded in 2011 and has been available since mid-2013. it covers all rail-mounted and automotive vehicles, e.g. railways, subways, trams, miniature railways and funiculars. The map does not include aerialways, monorails, and maglevs.  Click here for a link to our local area in northern New Jersey.