Aberdeen-Matawan station

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Aberdeen-Matawan station.jpg
Aberdeen-Matawan station in January 2018.
Location Main Street and Atlantic Avenue
Matawan, NJ 07747
Owned by NJ Transit
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections NJT Bus NJ Transit Bus: 135
PNC Bank Arts Center shuttle[1]
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 15
Opened 1875
Passengers (2012) 2,554 (average weekday)[2]
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
toward Bay Head
North Jersey Coast Line
Former services
Central Railroad of New Jersey
TerminusFreehold Branch
toward Freehold
Seashore Branch
toward Eatontown
New York and Long Branch Railroad
Main Line
toward Perth Amboy
Matawan Station
Matawan CNJ station.jpg
The former Central Railroad of New Jersey depot at Aberdeen-Matawan in January 2018.
Aberdeen-Matawan station is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Aberdeen-Matawan station
Aberdeen-Matawan station is located in New Jersey
Aberdeen-Matawan station
Aberdeen-Matawan station is located in the US
Aberdeen-Matawan station
Location Matawan, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates 40°25′12.70″N 74°13′24.98″W / 40.4201944°N 74.2236056°W / 40.4201944; -74.2236056Coordinates: 40°25′12.70″N 74°13′24.98″W / 40.4201944°N 74.2236056°W / 40.4201944; -74.2236056
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1875 (1875)
Architectural style Stick-Eastlake, Carpenter Gothic
MPS Operating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference # 84002756[3]
NJRHP # 2017[4]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 22, 1984
Designated NJRHP March 17, 1984

Aberdeen-Matawan is a station on NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, located in Aberdeen and Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The station is 5 miles east of South Amboy and 2 miles west of Hazlet. This station, convenient to Route 35 and the PNC Bank Arts Center, is popular with both commuters and concertgoers, and is the busiest station on the line between Bay Head and Rahway.

The station is located at grade on Atlantic Avenue, on the border of Aberdeen and Matawan, and has two high side platforms, as well as two abandoned low side platforms, and two tracks. A ticket office is located on the New York-bound platform. All trains on the North Jersey Coast Line serve this station. The former Freehold Branch can still be traced in a southeastern parking lot.


For many years, the New York and Long Branch Railroad-built station was known as just Matawan, as its stationhouse and main platform were in Matawan, and only an auxiliary platform and large extra parking area were in Aberdeen.

The original building was opened in 1875 as a temporary station. It was the first station built on the line and was estimated to cost between $4,000 and $6,000 at the time.[5] In 1982, the original building was closed and replaced by a small, one-story building on the north side of the tracks, to accommodate morning rush hour travelers commuting into New York City. The station was electrified in 1983 under New Jersey Transit as just a one-stop extension from the original end of electrification under the Pennsylvania Railroad in South Amboy.[6] In 1984, the original station building was listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places as part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.[3][4][7][8]

When the station was reconstructed and expanded in the 1990s, the new stationhouse and main platforms were built on the Aberdeen (eastern) side of Atlantic Avenue. New Jersey Transit considered renaming the station to just Aberdeen, but Matawan officials protested, since much of the town's recognition factor was due to the heavy use of the station by central New Jersey residents. Thus, the joint Aberdeen-Matawan name was adopted. In 2003, the area surrounding the station was designated a Transit Village by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[9] Work began on the redevelopment of the surrounding area in August 2016.[10]

All three station buildings are still in existence.

Station layout[edit]

The station has two high-level side platforms.

platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 1 North Jersey Coast Line toward Long Branch or Bay Head (Hazlet)
Track 2 North Jersey Coast Line toward Hoboken or New York (South Amboy)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Street level Station building, ticket machine and parking

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Public Transportation". PNC Bank Arts Center. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "QUARTERLY RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANALYSIS" (PDF). New Jersey Transit. December 27, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ a b "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. ^ Sears, Steve (October 26, 2011). "Three Buildings, One Stop: A Closer Look at the Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station". Matawan-Aberdeen Patch. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Aberdeen-Matawan". Subwaynut.com. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Matawan New Jersey Transit Railroad Station Survey
  8. ^ Monmouth County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
  9. ^ Hlavenka, Jacqueline (January 28, 2010). "Aberdeen, Matawan revisit plans for transit village". Greater Media Newspapers. Retrieved December 17, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/passenger/commuter-regional/a-new-new-jersey-transit-transit-village-under-way.html?channel=55

External links[edit]

Media related to Abeerden-Matawan (NJT station) at Wikimedia Commons