Metropark (NJT station)

Metropark (NJT station)
Metropark Station
View from south/westbound platform, facing SW. Station was renovated after this picture was taken.
Station statistics
Address 100 Middlesex-Essex Turnpike
Iselin, NJ 08830
Coordinates 40°34′05″N 74°19′47″W / 40.56808°N 74.329795°W / 40.56808; -74.329795Coordinates: 40°34′05″N 74°19′47″W / 40.56808°N 74.329795°W / 40.56808; -74.329795


New Jersey Transit:

Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 801–805
(Metropark loops)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 3,615 spaces
Other information
Opened 1972
Rebuilt 2007–2010 (refurbishment)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Code MET
Fare zone 10 (New Jersey Transit)
Passengers (2010) 7,145 (average weekday) decrease 3.18% (NJT)
Passengers (2010) 388,371[1] increase 5.1% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
Acela Express
toward Harrisburg
Keystone Service
toward Newport News or Lynchburg
Northeast Regional
toward Boston South Station or Springfield
weekends only
toward St. Albans
NJ Transit Rail
toward Trenton
Northeast Corridor Line

Metropark Station is the name of a train station in Edison Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, which is served by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains on the Northeast Corridor Line. Metropark Station takes its name from a nearby office park in Iselin, a neighborhood in Woodbridge Township.


Station layout and location

The station lies near Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, north of the intersection of Thornall Street and Wood Avenue. It is accessible via Exits 130, 131, 131A, or 131B of the Garden State Parkway.


Metropark was first proposed in late 1968, under a plan introduced by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).[2] The plan was part of the larger Metroliner Service being rolled out by the Penn Central Railroad and (later) Amtrak. As businesses and people fled the urban cores the Metropark station was conceived to serve this new suburban market. The location was right off of the Garden State Parkway to allow for easy access by automobile and a large business park was constructed adjacent to the station to further induce demand for rail services.

The Metropark station was dedicated on November 11, 1971 by Amtrak.[3] Commuter trains began stopping at Metropark in 1972 and the nearby Iselin station was closed (and, a few years later, Colonia). In a similar move suburban ring stations were opened at New Carrollton, Maryland near Washington, DC and Route 128 near Boston, Massachusetts about the same time.


In January 2007, NJ Transit announced a nearly $30 million renovation plan for the station, to be completed by 2010.[4] Reconstruction was completed in summer 2009, and cost $47 million. Climate-controlled shelters and LCD train information system were installed, platforms and canopies were lengthened and the station building was enlarged as part of the project.[1] As part of the renovation new signage has been installed; all of the new signs refer to the station by its full name of "Metropark Station".

Available service

The Metropark station is served by these Amtrak routes:

The station is also served by New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor commuter rail line, as well as NJ Transit Bus Number 62 [1].



While Amtrak trains skip many stations between Trenton and Newark Penn Station, most Amtrak trains stop at Metropark, despite having to switch to the outside (local) tracks in order to do so. Two switching points (interlockings MENLO and ISELIN) before and after the station make this task more convenient than at the other NJ stations.

Of the six New Jersey stations served by Amtrak, Metropark was the third-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 1050 passengers daily.[1]

New Jersey Transit

Metropark is the busiest New Jersey Transit station apart from the city terminals; it has held this distinction since 2001.[5] Along with Princeton Junction in 2006, Metropark was the first non-terminal station to have over 7,000 weekday boardings.[5]

Metropark Loops

These rush hour loops servicing office parks around Metropark are operated from Academy Express LLC's Perth Amboy garage.

Route Serving Terminal
801 Lincoln Highway
Oak Tree Road
JFK Hospital
802 Green Street
Gill Lane
Woodbridge Corporate Park
803 Gill Lane
Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge Center OR
Woodbridge Railroad Station
804 Wood Avenue Edison
Wood Ave/Inman Ave.
805 Thornall Street
Ford Avenue
Menlo Park Mall OR
Ford Ave/Main St.


Metropark has a multi-story[6] parking facility that is open at all times. The parking fee is $5 for up to 12 hours, $7 for up to 16 hours, and $9 for up to 24 hours. Annual, semi-annual, and quarterly parking permits are available for discounted rates ($70.00 per month). Drivers may park in either of the two multi-level parking decks using their proximity card for entry and exit. Daily parking users take a ticket upon entry, which must be paid for before exiting the facility. Several self-service kiosks within the garages allow users to pay their daily parking fee before returning to their vehicle.



External links

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