Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: The Train

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Hi Mr. Mayor, I live in the Park Ave area, for the past couple of years, the train used to pass through the area every Thursday night, however recently it seems like the schedule changed and it can pass by Friday afternoon when the streets are full of pedestrians and cars picking up their kids and shopping etc. is there anything we can do to make them stick to a schedule that doesn’t turn the entire area upside down?

Thank you


Response from Mayor Coles:

We were just informed that a new company had purchased the tracks & routes from Conrail. We had been working to get Conrail to work with us on a number of issues in town. We are attempting to set up a meeting with the new company and the number one topic is the Friday afternoon schedule



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  1. Well, for those living in the James St. area – Friday is better.

    The train used to go back and forth at Woodhaven between 11PM and 2AM honking loudly and waking up kids for years.

    So while for those on one side of Town they’d rather the train pass by for 1 min at night rather than by day, for those on another side of town they’d rather not have their sleep disturbed for a few hours weekly.

    • Sorry to say, you bought the house knowing the train schedule. That schedule has been around for way more years. I live a few blocks away and actually like the sound of the train. You purchased at the tracks. Not so smart if you mind that.

  2. @Menachem
    #1 while it is an extreme nuance for those living there, the train has been doing the late Thursday night route for many years. Majority of the homeowners there at this point purchased after this fact was known.
    #2 When factoring a decision, the people in charge need to decide what’s best for most people.

    Can the township pass ordinances to limit times a train can pass through?

  3. To Menachem:
    Come on, how could you compare that???
    One issue is saving lives.
    One issue is your sleep.
    I don’t live near the tracks. I do recall on Thursday nights, that I may have to wait about a half hour near the tracks when the train was coming. Sometimes it just stopped on the tracks.
    You have to admit that the train on a Friday is really really scary. Thousands of cars and thousands of children all over the place. I forgot to mention hundreds of school buses all over.

  4. Speaking of safety, I’ve seen kids try to touch the train as it goes by. Many developments have gates that allow access to the tracks. I’ve seen kids go through those gates and try to touch the train. Of course I was the only adult there (since most people in that development aren’t watching their kids who are playing outside), plus some of those kids are in the 10-15 range so it’s likely that their parents don’t realize what they are doing when they are unsupervised. Now the train schedule isn’t the only issue here, but this is a factor for consideration on when the train comes through.
    And just wondering, why can’t the train come through hitting Lakewood at 10/10:30 AM on a day other than Friday?

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