photos courtesy of Bill
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood has removed several shade trees c along the Ridgewood Train station .
The Ridgewood Train station is a major New Jersey Transit rail station hub. It is located in downtown Ridgewood in the Central Business . It is served by the NJT Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line. Ridgewood is one of two transfer options presented at the time of ticket purchase (Secaucus Junction is the other) and is widely used for that purpose.
The Erie Railroad built the Ridgewood station in 1916 as a grade-separated elevated station. It has been listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places since 1984 and is part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.
Ridgewood Train station survived a major $40 million renovation project in which high-level platforms were installed. The project moved forward after the Village and New Jersey Transit agreed to work together and preserve the historic station.
The renovation allows for easier boarding, as customers are now able to walk directly onto the train from the platform instead of having to climb into the train cars using their steps, as well as making Ridgewood station handicap accessible.
As part of the reconstruction, the side platform along Track 1 was demolished to make way for an island platform that would also serve Track 3 and replace that track’s side platform, which was fenced off. Wheelchair ramps were installed on both high level platforms and in a major faux pas elevators were installed to carry passengers from the platforms to the floor of the underpass on Franklin Avenue. Access to that underpass entrance is completely non ADA compliant with no wheelchair access.