NJ Transit Proposes Train Stops Dangerously Close To Residents’ Yards

Privacy, Noise Now Hot-Button Issues For People Of Woodridge

WOODRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Imagine finding out that a train stop could be coming literally to your backyard.

It’s happening in one New Jersey town and neighbors said they were not given much notice, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Daniel Geis and his wife said they’re furious that NJ Transit is proposing building a new train station on existing tracks behind their home. They said they are worried about privacy, especially on the second floor, and in their yard.

“There’s going to be a platform, a 4-foot platform, that’s going to run three blocks from Jocelyn, Helm and Woodridge,” he said.

“Are they going to be able to look over my backyard into my grandchildren swimming, us sitting here having drinks, just enjoying our home? This just doesn’t seem very fair after 30 years of being here,” Patricia Geis said.

Trains have been running through their neighborhood for years, but the Geis family and dozens of other residents said when trains stop the noises are unbearable.

They said it’s what they don’t want in their community.

“We will have a lot of transit people coming here and picking up the train to New York and we’re afraid that we’ll have strangers literally in our backyard,” Daniel Geis said.

A spokesperson for NJ Transit said the railroad wants to work with the community.

“We are making every effort to address these concerns. One consideration would be the construction of a wall that would be a visual barrier and help muffle the sounds from the proposed station,” the spokesperson said.

Other neighbors said they’re also concerned about a proposed pedestrian bridge that would sit right behind a home and several others on Helm and Jocelyn avenues.

“We’re going to have a crossover for the people to get to the other side of the tracks, so it’s going I don’t how many feet in the air looking into my backyard,” resident Lisa Carfi said.

The proposed station is supposed to cater to this new community, but residents Sloan talked to said it will end up bringing down their property values.

Construction is scheduled to start this summer but NJ Transit officials said nothing will happen until the community is able to give its input.

Would you stand for this? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Bachmann model trains

    every body know rail road is public property not only one person.story is so simple here no logic.

  • Karl Machtanz

    That’s not good, trains just running through is one thing but having a station behind your home is another thing altogether, I hope the residents are successful in keeping this station from being built.

  • John Parker

    Ooooo, you know one of these days a train is gonna jump off the tracks right into the Geis’s living room. And then the next week there’s gonna be a shootout with a bank robber who’s trying to make a getaway on the 8:15!

  • HooDatIS?
  • ilvedanny05

    Sorry, but when you buy a house that backs to train tracks then this is a chance you take.

  • John Mc

    “Dangerously close”? It’s a train station, not n artillary range. Hey, I bet there’s a road “dangerously close” to their house as well…

    • Raymond

      …unil the sun comes up over San-ta-Mon-i-ca Bou-le-vard!!

  • kendra

    they need to do something about that cause some1 is going to get hurt real bad…and there going to be sued big time…

  • Ralph S in Mississippi

    Simple solution: NJT offers the homeowner (who’s home the station will be behind) unlimited free train transportation on their lines for as long as he/she owns the property, AND, to completely solve the ‘property value’ problem, make the free transportation benefit fully transferable to anyone who buys that property in the future. On NJT’s side, they get what they want/need for no actual outlay of funds, and NJT’s cost of the benefit given to the homeowner is so minimal that’s it’s cheaper than building and maintaining a privacy wall or fence.

    Any other such problems you need solved? Give me a call…

  • Vince

    Oh please looks like no one here lives in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Chicago, Philly or other cities that have outdoor subway tracks.
    Many times as I’m riding I can see right into people’s apartments and houses.
    Its the price you pay for living near a subway/railroad.

  • franky

    I would sell hot coffee in the morning and cold beers in the afternoon over the fence,

  • jerseyjoey

    Move to America, its starts after you cross the delaware river.

  • Keith C. Edwards

    A railroad station does not belong abutting residential property. Those NJT planners are not very bright. Planners were never bright. That is why we got urban blight instead of renewal in NYC. I am sure that there is another station nearby. Gov. Christie, look into this.

  • keithsy

    A railroad station does not belong abutting residential property.

  • 1608

    I bet they or most of them will use the trains.

  • iggy

    i’ll bet my bottom-dollar that the city ordinances prevent the building of high fences because they ruin the view.


      What view ??? The tracks , the trains ?? They live on a major vain on a railroad to N Y C ….. FOR CHRISSAKE !!!

  • Dale Auburn

    Let me understand this…

    They bought a house KNOWING that the rail line was there, and now they’re upset (or pretending to be) about the rail line??

    • PRJ

      Their not upset about the rail line…their upset about the station planned right in their faces……..Did you read the story?

      • Dale Auburn

        A rail line implies a station, so they knew there would be a station somewhere in their town. Maybe this couple should identify somebody else in the town who would like a station near their house.

        AND… They’re being very disingenuous to suggest that a station would lower their property values. The whole point of living in a suburb of NYC is access to NYC, so the station would INCREASE most of the town’s property values.

      • Read please

        Rail line doesn’t imply a rail station genius. 30+ years with no station. Did you really read the story? Let me guess you’re a multi-tasker …

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