Hudson Bergen Light Rail
Tonnelle Avenue to West Side Avenue
North= Trains to Tonnelle Avenue
South= Trains to West Side Avenue
Tonnelle Avenue has two tracks and an island
platform. It is located in a cut and features a loop at the
north end which diverges from the main tracks just north of the
station. For now the main tracks end at a bump block. If the
lien is extended the bump block would need to be addressed.
Latest talk is for a diesel Multiple unit like the River Line.
Bergenline Avenue is in a tunnel and has two tracks
and an island platform which somewhat resemblance to Exchange
Place on the PATH in that there is a center curtain wall with
what appears to be fire doors which can be closed. There are
fossils on the ceiling including neon accents. The curtain wall
has benches and windows to see through to the other track. The
high speed elevators are at the north end and lead to the street
level plaza still under construction. the East wall has a
dinosaur and the ceiling has a Mercury Space Capsule. This is
the deepest station in the HBLR system and the only station
underground. Your webmaster had the honor of getting an e-mail
from the artist explaining her artwork. The text is included
My project is entitled "BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND MEADOWLANDS."
It consists of 4 murals in porcelain enamel on steel.
1. BENEATH THE PALISADE (on the clock tower) (2, 3, & 4 on vent
2. TO THE POINT
3. NIGHT BUS
4. ACROSS THE STREET
At this writing only the mural on the clock tower may be seen.
The three others are installed, but covered in Masonite for
protection as construction continues.
I made numerous visits to the site for over five years to
characterize the spirit of this community. I made dozens of
painted studies to develop the image concepts that would become
subject of the paintings that are today four porcelain enamel
I hope viewers will recognize their world in the art, and
benefit from a collective community pride.
Your webmaster has received an e-mail from Maria describing
BERGENLINE AVENUE STATION PLAZA
"BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND MEADOWLANDS"
"WE ARE TRANSPORTED"
Peel back the
sky to the bright brief dusk, then get on the train to connect
all your points and stars. Inside the tunnel, there is light
From the unique position," BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND MEADOWLANDS,"
two spectacular panoramas appear and disappear, as blocked
vistas peak out in slivers down side streets.
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System’s state of the art,
Bergenline Avenue Station, is something of an architectural
wonder. Created by dynamiting through the palisade on a city
block in the most populated square mile in the country, this
light rail station platform is located 160 feet—an incredible
seventeen stories—below ground! Three express elevators access
At street-level, orientation was my primary objective. I made
numerous visits to the site for over five years hoping to
characterize the spirit of this community. The people of the
region are accustomed to a full concentrate of stimulating
input. Vibrant Bergenline Avenue—established,
well-orchestrated—is the picture of the true New America. At the
site I met Cubans, Mexicans, Argentineans, Puerto Ricans, Arabs
and Turks. A clear concern was the preservation of individual
identity, while participating in, and benefiting from, a
collective community pride. With this complex tapestry of
culture in mind, I took my part to highlight the existing poetry
and preserve realities.
I made dozens of painted studies to develop the concepts that
would become subject of the paintings—to be transferred to four
large-scale porcelain enamel murals. Starting with actual local
imagery, I polished the rough edges of reality to fit inside a
context. Refined multiple realities open the way to narrative
paths so accessible and familiar that anyone can recognize their
world in the artwork, and travel as protagonist in their own
Four porcelain enamel on steel murals were created : "Beneath
the Palisade," comprised of eight panels, is attached to the
clock tower facing Bergenline Avenue. "To the Point," "Night
Bus," and "Across the Street" are 10’6" x 11’ each comprised of
six panels, attached to three vent stacks, approximately 50’
apart. All four murals are top and bottom lit.
NJ TRANSIT spokesman Dan Stessel stated to the Courier News
(February 14, 2006, front page), "We’re taking what would
normally be a vent stack for the flow of air in the tunnel and
making it a canvas." Adding that, my work is considered by the
transit agency to be "a great addition to the Union City and
West New York communities."
CLOCK TOWER MARQUEE MURAL:
Porcelain enamel on steel
8’ x 13’6"
BENEATH THE PALISADE
Swirling pattern of the historic rock facing the river at the
tunnel opening, has since been cemented over.
The light rail is ‘under ground.’ Distant, closer, and speeding
by. (Captured jumping off trains in the tunnels of the Newark
Subway with the garage foreman wearing hard hats and orange
TO THE POINT
Porcelain enamel on steel
11’ x 10’6"
The idea was to include something nearly actual size—the big bus
to walk right up to, and a vaster vista to draw the viewer into
the panorama. I wanted this mural to reference the Manhattan
skyline segment for orientation, but avoid skyline cliché. The
yellow street-line as a true-in-life design element, "arrows"
the eye upward. Most of the detailed painting work is at
eye-level to be seen at close range. With distance, the depicted
scene comfortably lives beside the real---the landscape around
Porcelain enamel on steel
11’ x 10’6"
A splashy, color-popping night scene on Bergenline Avenue is
through the donut shop window. Enjambment to the first mural,
the bus passes.
ACROSS THE STREET
Porcelain enamel on steel
11’ x 10’6"
Bergenline Avenue is represented with street lanterns, the
‘Welcome to Union City’ banner, an unlit star. The street scene
shown in the center mural by night is here detailed by day. The
building across from the station anchors the right side.
Cultural contrast is quietly referenced with two figures— the
bicycle rider, large in the foreground wearing a do-rag,
and a Marine crossing from the recruit center. Reality is
'peeled back' in a trompe l’oeil device to reveal a view of the
Meadowlands for orientation, framed by indigenous quaking
Port Imperial has two tracks and a wide
island platform. The highlight here is a million dollar view of
the new York City Skyline as seen across Port Imperial Blvd. the
main street. The ferry terminal is still under construction.
When opened on 10/29/2005, it was served on weekends only till
the Bergenline Avenue and Tonnelle Avenue Stations opened on
Lincoln Harbor has two tracks and
a brick island platform. No art was found.
9th Street/ Congress Street also has two
tracks and two wall platforms. This station is the most majestic
on the system due to the station having access to both the lower
and upper side of the Palisades and the necessity of elevators
to the top- some100 feet high! The North exit leads to the
bottom of the Palisades- 9th Street and Monroe
Street. The South exit leads to the top of the Palisades at
Congress Street and Paterson Plank Road. The station also has
locked emergency stairs to the top exit. North of this station
is a three tracks section called "Three Roads" and will allow
express service once service extends further north. The platform
has gray paver blocks.
Art work consist of "glass bubbles": on the floor of the
upper mezzanine. The area is industrial on the lower level and
residential on the upper level.
2nd Street has two tracks and two
wall platforms with two toned gray and rose colored
pavers. There is artwork on the windscreen and station
grounds. The art is a space theme: "You are My Solar
System." It features the sun and planets with children
standing on the planets. The artist is Marina Tempkjn
and was dated 2001. It features etched glass sheets in
addition to the "planets" with children standing on
Pavonia Newport has two tracks and an island
platform featuring etched glass artwork of fallen
heralds (logos of railroads which are now history) as
well as current heralds (railroad Logos). The namesake
mall is to the East. The artwork was done by the
students and teachers of Jersey City Visual Arts High
Harsimus Cove has two tracks and two wall
platforms. Art work is a jungle theme. Leaving here is a
sharp 8 mph curve.
Harborside has two tracks and an island
platform. No artwork was found.
Exchange Place has two tracks and an island
platform plus a wall platform on the East side. Artwork
consists of a map of Jersey City on the platform floor
(including the rail). Other art includes tortoise and
hare weather vanes by June Wilson (1999)
Essex Street has two tracks and two wall
platforms and features a plaque in memory of Susan Kirk
(1952-1996) "For her many contributions to public
transit and her are and concern for the customer. Any
further information on Susan is appreciated. Artwork
consists of Copper and brass weather vanes by Giorgio
Atzori is entitled "Age of Transit" (1999).
Marin Boulevard (Originally called Henderson
Street) has two wall platforms. Art consists of painted
steel weather vanes by Tom Nussbaum entitled Wheel
Jersey Avenue has two tracks and two wall
platforms. Art work features a mosaic map of Jersey City
including HBLR on the platform and abolitionist theme
etched glass and end walls. Colored ceramic tiles with
Chemical Element symbols (such as He, Ar, etc) were
found on the platform
Liberty state Park has two tracks and two
wall platforms. Bus service is to the West and the
Jersey Turnpike and the Park are to the East. Leaving
here Bayonne trains bear East and West Side train bear
west. Access to the yard is in the center. There is an
employee stop for both lines. Artwork is in the ramps to
the street level and features locomotive wheels. Rail
theme art is also in the etched glass entitled "Riding
the Rails" by Arlene Slovin (1999). It features rail
logos past and present as well as "tracks" and rail cars
and locomotives on the platform floor. This is the last
station served by both Southern Branches.
Garfield Avenue has two tracks and two wall
platforms. Artwork consists of sports figures on the
sides of the platforms
Martin Luther King Drive has two tracks and
two wall platforms. Artwork consist of a bust of Dr.
King and children at play
West Side Avenue has two tracks and an island
platform. Artwork consists of concrete letters at the
south end and oak leaves in the concrete of the
crossover to the elevator. The parking lot features
playground art and neon on the elevator shaft.
There is periodic discussion of an extension to serve
a park and ride lot at Route 440 but no details are