Heights Rail Commuters Can Air Their Woes to NJ Transit Tuesday

A special forum on the topic of the Teterboro/Williams NJ Transit rail stop is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26

A special meeting has been arranged next Tuesday for those Heights rail commuters who say they have been fenced out by NJ Transit, no longer able to access the Teterboro/Williams stop by foot as a large fence has been put up on the Hasbrouck Heights side of the tracks.

Mayor Rose Heck responded to the commuters' woes recently aired at a mayor and council meeting by inviting a representative from NJ Transit to meet with the commuters.

The meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb 26 at 7:30 p.m. and will be only the topic of this rail stop, according to Heck.

Heights resident Lino Brescia was among the first of the commuters to vocalize the issue by starting a petition against NJ Transit for putting up this fence.

Brescia has said he formerly had an easy commute into New York City as he was able to easily cross over the tracks at this top in order to board from the Teterboro side.

Since this fence was put up, he and dozens of other commuters affected by this change, have to walk up a ramp to Route 46 which has no sidewalk and therefore is considered more dangerous.

During last week's mayor and council meeting Mayor Heck sided with the commuters stating that the borough has tried for years to help NJ Transit improve that location with the hopes of turning it into a Teterboro/Hasbrouck Heights stop but the transit company had refused suggested options on more than one occasion.

To view the petition visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/njtransit-pascack-valley-teterboro-access/

Click for Lino Brescia's letter to the editor on the topic.



lino brescia February 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Thank you Patch for posting this! If you are an impacted commuter or you are concerned that removing towns access to rail can affect property value, please attend on Tuesday evening.
Jeff Ross February 22, 2013 at 09:09 PM
I have asked someone from the District 38 legislative office of Connie Wagner and Timothy Eustace to attend the Tuesday meeting so they can hear the concerns of commuters and also get a ballpark estimate from NJ Transit prior to the meeting, if possible, for the cost of a simple pedestrian crossing with flashing lights and swing gate, which would be a good practical way to meet the concerns of NJ Transit and the needs of Hasbrouck Heights commuters and pedestrians.
Allie February 23, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I think the fence looks good.
lino brescia February 24, 2013 at 07:33 PM
agreed, it is esthetically pleasing and functionally purposeless.
Momalu063 February 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Matthew, your link doesn't work...perhaps the word "gate" at the beginning of it should be removed??
Ricky February 26, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Allie February 26, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Momalu, it is not a problem, you just want access to the train at your door!! If a child went down there and was run over by a train because the tracks weren't fenced in you would all be screaming - think about it this appears to be a safety issue not a "let's make the train convenient for a few commuters". You people are all selfish to think about yourselves rather than the safety of others - now let me ask - who isn't being neighborly? and by the way for the person who said our property values would go down with this fence not true the property value just went up because of the safety this fence provides. I would bet those complaining the most about this are renters and don't even own a home in town.
Jeff Ross February 26, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Allie, You are the only one on this site, who is not being neighborly. You also lost your bet. I would suggest you also reference the petition web site noted in the article that has received over 70 responses in support of the efforts to create a safe pedestrian crossing. Everyone on this site has been trying to find a safer better more cost effective solution with a pedestrian crossing that also includes a fence to prevent a child from being run over. No one is being selfish for asking for a safe pedestrian crossing at a train station. In fact, federal regulations require it. NJ Transit has been selfish in acting on its own without listening to NJ town officials and commuters, who have been politely asking for a collaborative response to address this issue and fix the problem. You should come to the Hasbrouck Heights 7:30 pm meeting tonight so that you can see how people and government officials, which includes the support of the town mayor and NJ Assembly reps for the district, can work together to fix this problem.
Ricky February 26, 2013 at 04:27 PM
> If a child went down there and was run over by a train because the tracks weren't fenced in you would all be screaming< Stop with your theory and speculation. This area of the train is bounded by Rt. 17, Green St/ Rt 46 a non-residential area. Besides, there are miles of tracks not fenced in that go through residential areas in towns such as Hackensack along Railroad Ave, that are far more dangerous than this location which is an industrial area.
Allie February 26, 2013 at 05:57 PM
70 out of how many in town?
Allie February 26, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Listen if you go back you will see that all I said was I thought the fence looked good and you had the nerve to jump down my throat. Guess that was being a tad selfish of you not allowing me to have an opinion that doesn't agree with you. The NJ Transit has every right to build that fence it is their property. So now I am going to say it - if you need to be in the city that bad that you can't get up a few minutes earlier to catch the train at another location than maybe you should consider moving there!
Allie February 26, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Wow you guys really only care about yourselves what a shame for you.
lino brescia February 26, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Allie: Please come to the meeting. If you want, I will have someone pick you up at your door so you can join us.
lino brescia February 26, 2013 at 07:31 PM
please come to the meeting instead of trolling on the internet.
Matthew Maginley February 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM
http://www.catellus.com/pdfs/teterbororetailflyer.pdf Teterboro Landing Development
Matthew Maginley February 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Teterboro has 67 residents and has a train station. Wood-Ridge has 7,626 residents, and has a train station on one line, and possibly Westmont station on another line. Hasbrouck Heights has 11, 919 residents and could use a train station. We have commuters for business, students for schools such as Bergen Tech, Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Felician College, and tourism from around the world. NJ Transit spent $100,000 based on what study or information about safety or benefit to riders? There were 80 signatures on the petition. If this link were published in the Observer or Gazette, there would have been more. Personally, I've taken the train from Essex Street (and paid a bus fare to get there), and I've disembarked at the Teterboro Station and had the problem with the fence. Bottomline: Teterboro Landing Development, and the Superbowl coming. Put the pedestrian walk in first and see what happens, then upgrade to extend Williams Ave into Teterboro, put a proper station there once and for all and forget the half measures.
Chris Hillmann February 27, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Hi Jeff, sorry we weren't able to connect this evening. Please let us know of any other meetings. I will try to be there. Hopefully we can find a solution to help Hasbrouck Heights rail riders. Chris Hillmann Chief of Staff Assemblywoman Connie Wagner & Assemblyman Tim Eustace
lino brescia February 28, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Since 1989, more people have died from Teterboro plane accidents than Teterboro train accidents, ironically…. both have fences now. we are safe.


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