Have You Ever Wondered What Our Rail Icons Mean?

Back in 1999, NJ TRANSIT introduced a color-coded system for our rail lines, which helped customers identify and differentiate those lines. While this was a great improvement, we did even more in November 2003 when we introduced our ever-so-recognizable icons, or symbols, to assist customers who have difficulty distinguishing colors or who have language barriers, making the rail lines even more recognizable. These symbols are now found on our schedules, website and Twitter accounts.

Each one has special significance. You can find our rail line symbols below and a brief description of what they represent.

Atlantic City Rail Line: A lighthouse, which represents the Absecon Lighthouse.


Main/Bergen County Line: A cattail plant, which represents the Hackensack/Meadowlands area where the line operates through. The water wheel represents the mills that operated along the nearby Passaic River.

Montclair-Boonton Line: A goldfinch, the state bird of New Jersey.


Morris & Essex Lines: The horse represents the United States Equestrian Team (headquartered near Gladstone) and the Far Hills Steeplechase. The drum represents the colonial heritage found in Morris County.


Northeast Corridor: The familiar Statehouse dome, which is located in our state capital of Trenton.


North Jersey Coast Line: A sailboat, which represents the boating heritage of the Jersey Shore.


Pascack Valley Line: A pine tree, of which many can be found along this line.


Raritan Valley Line: The Statue of Liberty, was used as a symbol by the Central Railroad of New Jersey that formerly operated along this historic transportation corridor.