Bay Head station

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Bay Head
Bay Head station - January 2018.jpg
Bay Head station in January 2018
Location Osborne Avenue
Bay Head, NJ 08742
Coordinates 40°04′34″N 74°02′47″W / 40.07611°N 74.04639°W / 40.07611; -74.04639Coordinates: 40°04′34″N 74°02′47″W / 40.07611°N 74.04639°W / 40.07611; -74.04639
Owned by NJ Transit
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Station code 23
Rebuilt 1976[1]
Passengers (2012) 200 (average weekday)[2]
Preceding station   NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Rail   Following station
TerminusNorth Jersey Coast Line
Former services
New York and Long Branch Railroad
TerminusMain Line
toward Perth Amboy
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward Camden
Philadelphia and Long Branch RailroadTerminus
A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train at the yard in 1971

Bay Head is a railway station in Bay Head, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The station is served by trains on NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, and it is the southern terminus for the line. The rail yard contains 33 acres (13 ha) of wetland inside the loop formed by the tracks used to turn around the trains.[3] The rail yard borders Twilight Lake. Parking is free at the Bay Head station although the lot is only about a fourth of the size of the lot at the next station, Point Pleasant Beach, which requires payment.[4]

This station is not listed as disabled accessible by NJ Transit. Passengers must use the train stairs to climb up to the cars or descend to street level. There is no ramp or platform to aid the handicapped in boarding. Weekend ridership to the Bay Head station rises during the summer as beachgoing vacationers take the train to the beach.[5] In May 2011, ticket vending machines were installed next to the station building at Bay Head.

Station layout[edit]

The station has a low-level side platform serving trains in both directions.

platform level
Track 1 ← No passenger service →
Track 2 North Jersey Coast Line termination track
North Jersey Coast Line toward Long Branch, Hoboken or New York (Point Pleasant Beach)
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Street level Station building, ticket machine and parking


  1. ^ "Then and Now". The Asbury Park Press. January 21, 1979. p. 60. Retrieved September 26, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Quarterly Ridership Trends Analysis" (PDF). NJ Transit. December 27, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Bay Head planning to fight state's rail yard plan in court. Asbury Park Press. Nina Rizzo. June 25, 2002.
  4. ^ Ordinance will set train station parking fees. Asbury Park Press. Tristan J. Schweiger. April 15, 2007.
  5. ^ 'Benny' or not, here they come, Natives grin and share the weekly trip to Shore. Ana M. Alaya. The Star-Ledger. July 1, 2005.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bay Head (NJT station) at Wikimedia Commons