Cranford–Bayonne Shuttle

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Cranford–Bayonne Shuttle
Overview
StatusDiscontinued
LocaleBayonne, NJ; Cranford, NJ
First serviceMay 1, 1967
Last service1978
Former operator(s)Conrail, Central Railroad of New Jersey
Route
StartCranford station
EndEast 33rd Street
Line(s) usedCNJ Main Line
Technical
Rolling stockBudd RDC
Route map
Cranford-Bayonne Shuttle
Legend
Cranford
Roselle–Roselle Park
Elizabeth
Elizabethport
West 8th Street
East 22nd Street
East 33rd Street

The Cranford–Bayonne Shuttle (also called the Bayonne Scoot) was a shuttle service operated by Conrail. It operated on the remaining section of the Central Railroad of New Jersey's main line. The shuttle used Budd Diesel Rail Cars.

It was discontinued on 1978 due to low ridership and losing money.

History[edit]

When the Aldene Plan went into effect in May 1967, it changed commuter railroading in North Jersey forever. The people of Bayonne & Jersey City complained about being severed from commuter service to the mainland side of Newark Bay. The State of NJ & the CNJ implimented a solution called "The Bayonne Scoot". The "Scoot" ran between 33rd Street Station in Bayonne to Cranford & back. At Cranford they could make connections to Penn Station in Newark for other connections to NYC, South or West via PATH, Penn Central, CNJ or Amtrak.

Ridership dropped from 1,000 to 400 persons a day.

It was discontinued on August 6, 1978 after losing money for years by Conrail and New Jersey Department of Transportation.[1]

The section between 8th Street and East 33rd Street stations is now part of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

References[edit]

  1. "DOT give farewell toots to underused 'Bayonne Scoots'". The Central New Jersey Home News. August 7, 1978. Retrieved October 11, 2021 – via The Central New Jersey Home News; newspapers.com open access.