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Aberdeen-Matawan station.jpg
Aberdeen–Matawan station in January 2018.
Location Main Street and Atlantic Avenue
Matawan, NJ 07747
Owned by NJ Transit
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections NJT Bus NJ Transit Bus: 135
PNC Bank Arts Center shuttle
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 15
Opened June 25, 1875 (ceremonial)
July 1, 1875 (regular service)
Rebuilt May 10–November 3, 1983
Electrified Yes
Passengers (2012) 2,554 (average weekday)
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
toward Bay Head
North Jersey Coast Line South Amboy
Former services
Preceding station Central Railroad of New Jersey Following station
Terminus Freehold Branch Stillwell Street
toward Freehold
Seashore Branch Keyport
toward Eatontown
Preceding station New York and Long Branch Railroad Following station
toward Bay Head Junction
Main Line Cliffwood
Matawan Station
Matawan CNJ station.jpg
The former Central Railroad of New Jersey depot at Aberdeen-Matawan in January 2018.
Aberdeen–Matawan station is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Aberdeen–Matawan station
Location in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Aberdeen–Matawan station is located in New Jersey
Aberdeen–Matawan station
Location in New Jersey
Aberdeen–Matawan station is located in the United States
Aberdeen–Matawan station
Location in the United States
Location Matawan, New Jersey, USA
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1875 (1875)
Architectural style Stick-Eastlake, Carpenter Gothic
MPS Operating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference No. 84002756
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 22, 1984

Aberdeen–Matawan is a station on NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line, located in Aberdeen and Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The station is 5 miles (8 km) east of South Amboy and 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Hazlet. This station, convenient to Route 35 and the PNC Bank Arts Center, is popular with both commuters and concertgoers, and is the busiest station on the line between Bay Head and Rahway.

The station is located at grade on Atlantic Avenue, on the border of Aberdeen and Matawan, and has two high side platforms, as well as two abandoned low side platforms, and two tracks. A ticket office is located on the New York-bound platform. All trains on the North Jersey Coast Line serve this station. The former Freehold Branch can still be traced in a southeastern parking lot.


For many years, the New York and Long Branch Railroad-built station was known as just Matawan, as its stationhouse and main platform were in Matawan, and only an auxiliary platform and large extra parking area were in Aberdeen.

The original building was opened on July 1, 1875 as a temporary station for regular service. It was the first station built on the line and was estimated to cost between $4,000 and $6,000 at the time. In 1982, the original building was closed and replaced by a small, one-story building on the north side of the tracks, to accommodate morning rush hour travelers commuting into New York City. The station was electrified in 1983 under New Jersey Transit as just a one-stop extension from the original end of electrification under the Pennsylvania Railroad in South Amboy. In 1984, the original station building was listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places as part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.

When the station was reconstructed and expanded in the 1990s, the new stationhouse and main platforms were built on the Aberdeen (eastern) side of Atlantic Avenue. New Jersey Transit considered renaming the station to just Aberdeen, but Matawan officials protested, since much of the town's recognition factor was due to the heavy use of the station by central New Jersey residents. Thus, the joint Aberdeen-Matawan name was adopted. In 2003, the area surrounding the station was designated a Transit Village by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Work began on the redevelopment of the surrounding area in August 2016.

All three station buildings are still in existence.

Station layout

The station has two high-level side platforms.

platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 1      North Jersey Coast Line toward Long Branch or Bay Head (Hazlet)
Track 2      North Jersey Coast Line toward Hoboken or New York (South Amboy)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Street level Station building, ticket machine and parking
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