Railroad Seeks to Drop Service
Constantly decreasing passenger service on the Lackawanna
Railroad branch serving Netcong, Newton and Branchville will disappear
completely if the State Public Utilities Commission grants the request
of the railroad company. Application has been made to discontinue all
passenger service on the Boonton Branch between Hoboken and Dover, and
on the branch which runs from Dover to Branchville and Dover to Washington.
Main Line commuter trains between Hoboken and Dover by way of Newark
will not be affected. According to P.M. Shoemaker, president of the
Lackawanna, the company has lost more than $3,000,000 on the Boonton
and Sussex Branches in the past three years. Mr. Shoemaker said that
expanding network of highways facilitating the use of private autos
and buses, decentralization of business housing and industry, failure
of passenger fares to keep pace with costs, and growth of suburban shopping
centers have combined to divert or curtail passenger traffic.