Roads and highways

Road sign directing traffic to Clifton

As of May 2010, the city had a total of 199.94 miles (321.77 km) of roadways, of which 145.43 miles (234.05 km) were maintained by the municipality, 35.95 miles (57.86 km) by Passaic County, 14.06 miles (22.63 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 4.50 miles (7.24 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.[116]

Major roadways in the city include Route 3 (which crosses from east to west along the southern portion of the city), Route 21 (along the Passaic River), Route 19 in the city’s northwest and U.S. Route 46. The Garden State Parkway crosses the city, connecting Bloomfield in Essex County to the south to Elmwood Park in Bergen Countyin the north.[117] Parkway interchanges 153 (signed for Route 3 and Route 46 West) / 153A (for Route 3 East) / 153B (for Route 3 and Route 46 West), 154 (for Route 46), 155 (for Clifton) / 155P (for Clifton / Paterson) and 156 (to Route 46).[118]

Public transportation

NJ Transit trains at the Clifton station[119] and Delawanna station[120] follow the NJ Transit Main Line to Suffernand Hoboken Terminal.[121] Until 1966, the Newark Branch of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad served several stations in the town, Athenia (Colfax Avenue) and Allwood.[122]

NJ Transit provides bus service on the 190, 191, 192 and 195 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, to Newark on the 13, 27and 72 routes, and local service on the 74, 702, 703, 705, 707, 709, 744 routes.[123][124]

DeCamp Bus Lines provides service on the 33 and 66 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.[125]


The Clifton Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011–12 school year, the district’s 17 schools had an enrollment of 10,992 students and 790.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.91:1.[85] Schools in the district (with 2011–12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[86]) are 14 elementary schools serving grades K-5 — School One[87] (304 students), School Two[88] (434), School Three[89] (295), School Four[90] (161), School Five[91] (370), School Eight[92] (219), School Nine[93] (333), School Eleven[94](454), School 12 / Annex[95][96] (602), School Thirteen[97] (464), School Fourteen[98] (331), School Fifteen[99] (344), School Sixteen[100] (195) and School Seventeen[101] (553) — Christopher Columbus Middle School[102] (1,209 students; grades 6-8), Woodrow Wilson Middle School[103] (1,360; 6-8) and Clifton High School / Annex[104][105] (3,364; 9-12).[106][107]

With more than 3,300 students enrolled, Clifton High School is the largest single-facility high school in New Jersey; Elizabeth High School had more students, but they were spread over multiple campuses before the school was split into separate academies.[108] An additional overflow site, the Clifton High School Annex, was constructed at a cost of $17 million and opened in September 2009 to accommodate 540 of the school year’s 850 incoming Freshman to alleviate overcrowding.[109]

Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton, a charter school for Clifton residents that provides an education based on the classics to students in sixth through eighth grades, was recognized in 2008 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.[110]

Private schools in Clifton include Saint Andrew the Apostle School, Saint Brendan Catholic School and Saint Philip Preparatory School, all of which are K-8 elementary schools that operate under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.[111]

Notable People

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Clifton include: