Morris Freeholders to Consider Trains in Pequannock

railroad bridge to high fallsImage by richardefreeman via FlickrOn August 2nd, 2011, the Morris County Freeholders announced that in order to alleviate railway congestion in the area, they recommend a feasibility study for the reactivation of the Erie Susquahanna railways lines through Riverdale, Pequannock, Lincoln Park, etc.

The railway line in question was deactivated for commuter service in the 1960's and has seem negligible freight traffic since then.  In fact, large portions of track have been removed entirely by the railway throughout Pequannock Township and an aging railway bridge over the Pequannock River would likely have to be replaced entirely.  In short, in this economic climate it seems unlikely that Pequannock will see a railroad any time soon.

Still, that may not be much solace for those in a number of communities who have worked tirelessly over the preceding years towards the establishment of a bicycle path along the very same railway line.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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