New Jersey Transit

BIKE ABOARD PROGRAM
NJ TRANSIT supports and encourages bicycle access to its terminals, facilities and services by providing accommodations for customers using bicycles to the greatest extent possible. There is no extra charge for bicycles brought aboard NJ TRANSIT vehicles, access is allowed from all station platforms, and permits are not required.

Bicycles on NJ TRANSIT Trains

Bicycles on Trains

  • Collapsible bicycles are permitted on all NJ TRANSIT trains at all times.
  • Standard-frame bicycles are permitted on many NJ TRANSIT trains as described below:
    On weekdays - Bicycles are permitted on all weekday trains on all lines except inbound trains that end in Hoboken, Newark or New York between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and outbound trains that originate in Hoboken, Newark or New York between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. These trains will be designated by a bicycle symbol in public timetables. Trains on which bicycles are permitted may accommodate up to 2 bicycles on each single-level rail car and up to 8 bicycles on each multilevel rail car subject to crowding or the accessibility needs of other customers.
    On weekends - Bicycles are permitted on all weekend Raritan Valley, Gladstone, Montclair-Boonton, Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley, Port Jervis, and Atlantic City Line trains. These trains will be designated bike trains and will accommodate up to 12 bicycles per train. Larger groups may be accommodated with advance reservations by calling our Group Sales Department at 973-491-7220. Bicycles are also permitted on all Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and Morristown Line trains with the exception of trains ending in New York between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and trains originating in New York between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Trains on which bicycles are permitted may accommodate up to 2 bicycles on each single-level rail car and up to 8 bicycles on each multilevel rail car subject to crowding or the accessibility needs of other customers.
    On holidays and business days before holidays - Bicycles are not permitted on trains (with the exception of the Atlantic City Line) on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Sunday after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Bicycles are not permitted on the day before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but are permitted on the holidays themselves.
    Other times - Bicycles are not permitted on substitute bus service during rail service outages.

Know Before You Ride

  • Walk with your bicycle on platforms and in station buildings. For safety reasons, please do not bring bicycles on escalators. Use an elevator instead if one is available.
  • Allow other customers to exit and enter the train before boarding or detraining with a bicycle. Customers with bicycles must be able to lift their bicycle up and down stairs while boarding and detraining rail cars.
  • Secure your bicycle with tiedowns in the accessible area of the rail car as shown on the diagram at that location. Customers may alternatively hold and steady a bicycle that is not secured by tiedowns.
  • If space is not available, customers with bicycles must wait for the next available train. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities have priority over the accessible area. Customers with bicycles may need to detrain and wait for the next available train if a person with disabilities requires the accessible area.
  • Please remain with your bicycle and follow all direction from train crew members to ensure your safety and the safety of your fellow passengers.

Other Restrictions

  • Train crews may limit bicycles onboard trains when trains are crowded or when they believe it creates an unsafe situation.
  • Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Tandem and motorized bicycles are not allowed on the train.
  • Customers failing to abide by the safety requirements and outlined restrictions, or the direction of NJ TRANSIT officials, are subject to removal from the system.

Liability
Customers with bicycles assume all liability for any damage or injury to persons or property resulting from, or in connection with, the carriage of the bicycle on NJ TRANSIT trains, or at or near any facility used in connection with NJ TRANSIT rail services.

Emergencies
Customers with bicycles must follow direction from the train crew, authorized personnel, police, local authorities and/or fire officials. If an emergency should occur, customers may be required to leave their bicycles onboard. Bicycles are not permitted on substitute bus service.

Bicycles on NJ TRANSIT Buses

Bicycles are permitted at all times on buses with bike racks on the front or with underfloor luggage compartments on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently half of the NJ TRANSIT bus fleet is "bike friendly". Bicycles can be accommodated on all buses in the NJ TRANSIT Southern Division (generally the area from Princeton/Trenton to Atlantic City and south).

No child carrier seats or tandem bikes are permitted on a bus bike rack.

All loose items should be removed from the bicycle before the bus arrives. If using a bike rack, the cyclist must notify the bus operator before loading or unloading the bicycle. For safety reasons, the bus operator cannot get off the bus to assist the cyclist, but will be able to give instructions.

Because the use of bike locks on bus bike racks is prohibited, it is recommended the cyclist sit near the front of the bus to keep an eye on the bicycle.

Bikes are not permitted on articulated buses (long buses which bend in the middle) since no accommodations are available.

Learn How to Load/Unload Your Bike

Bicycles on NJ TRANSIT Light Rail

Bicycles and Segways can be carried aboard River LINE at all times. Bicycles and Segways are carried on-board Newark Light Rail and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail during weekday off-peak hours only (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.), and all day on Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays.

Customers with bicycles and Segways must remain in the low floor vestibule section of the vehicle. Bicycles and Segways may not be left unaccompanied, block aisles, be placed on empty seats, or cause inconvenience to other passengers. Cyclists and Segway users must hold or secure the bicycle or Segway. The kickstand of the bicycle must remain up at all times. Hanging racks are available on River LINE cars. Segway users must walk their Segway on and off the light rail vehicle and may not ride the Segway while on board.

Cyclists or Segway users must allow other passengers to exit and enter the vehicle before boarding with a bicycle or Segway.

General Safety Reminders

If an NJ TRANSIT employee or an employee of an entity under contract to NJ TRANSIT considers the bicycle a safety hazard, the employee may not allow the bicycle on-board the vehicle.

At rail stations, use stairways, ramps or elevators to gain access to station platforms. Do not use escalators. Walk bicycles when passing through stations.

There are no additional charges for bicycles. Bicycles are transported at the owner's risk. NJ TRANSIT is not responsible for bicycles that are lost, stolen or damaged while on board any NJ TRANSIT vehicle or at any NJ TRANSIT facility.

Bike Racks and Lockers

NJ TRANSIT provides free parking capacity for about 2,300 bicycles at stations and park/rides. Racks are located at about 90 percent of the train stations in New Jersey, at several bus park/ride lots along the Route 9 corridor, at a number of bus terminals, and at most Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River LINE stations. Bicyclists must provide their own locks and assume responsibility for their bicycles. Find bike racks

Enclosed, locked bike lockers are available for long-term rental at a number of locations. These provide parking for about 375 bicycles. Rentals are administered locally by Transportation Management Associations or municipalities. Contact the organizations shown below concerning lockers at the following stations or park/rides:

Greater Mercer TMA (609) 452-1491
Hamilton  
Point Pleasant Beach  
Princeton Junction  

Keep Middlesex Moving (732) 745-4465
Dunellen  
Edison  
Metropark  
New Brunswick  
Old Bridge Park/Ride  
South Amboy  

Meadowlink (201) 939-4242
Cranford  
Maplewood  
Rahway  
Roselle Park  
Summit  
Westfield  

RideWise of Raritan Valley (908) 704-1011
Raritan  
Somerville  

TransOptions (973) 267-7600
Chatham  
Convent Station  
Denville  
Dover  
Madison  
Morris Plains  
Morristown  

Municipalities  
Metuchen (Parking Authority) (732) 548-5553

NJ TRANSIT (973) 491-8569
Aberdeen-Matawan  
Belmar  
Howell Park/Ride   
Long Branch  
Middletown  
Red Bank