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Thanksgiving Holiday Service Information

 

As NJ TRANSIT continues its storm-recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the agency will offer nearly normal Thanksgiving service levels on most lines to ensure customers’ travel plans go smoothly over the holiday weekend. 

 

NJ TRANSIT is reminding customers that rail service may be subject to delays and cancellations as a result of ongoing storm recovery efforts.  Due to residual storm impacts, Gladstone Branch rail service remains suspended until further notice, and Newark Light Rail will continue to operate on a modified schedule between Newark Penn and Broad Street stations (service every half hour).  In addition, North Jersey Coast Line service will experience delays of up to 15 minutes between Long Branch and Woodbridge stations over the holiday weekend.  Most inbound (to Newark/New York) North Jersey Coast Line trains will depart stations five minutes earlier between Long Branch and Woodbridge.  For post-hurricane service updates, click here.

 

On Wednesday, November 21, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all lines (except Gladstone Branch, which remains suspended until further notice).  Click here for detailed schedules.  Additional “early getaway” service will operate from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at 1 p.m. on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast (to Long Branch only), Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex (from New York only), Pascack Valley (modified getaway service) and Port Jervis lines.

 

Light rail service will operate as follows:

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekday schedule
  • River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.
  • Newark Light Rail continues to operate on a modified schedule, with limited service between Newark Penn Station and Grove St. Station operating every 10-15 minutes, due to residual impacts from Hurricane Sandy.  Limited peak period service is operating between Newark Penn and Broad St. Station. 

Bus Service:

 

Schedules vary by route—view holiday schedule information here.  Selected routes will operate on special holiday schedules to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between noon and 4 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel, with less frequent service during the peak periods and later in the evening due to lower ridership. 

 

Emergency trans-Hudson shuttle bus/ferry service 

 

On Wednesday, November 21, the following emergency shuttle bus/ferry service routes will provide early getaway service:

  • To PNC Arts Center (Holmdel, Garden State Parkway Exit 116):  Early getaway service from Port Authority Bus Terminal and Newark Penn Station will start at 1:30 p.m.  Service will operate on a load and go basis until 8 p.m.
  • To Ramsey/Rt. 17 Station (Ramsey):  Shuttle bus service from Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken will start at 12 p.m. and operate every 30 minutes until 8 p.m.
  • To Hoboken Terminal:  Ferry service from Pier 79 (West 39th St. in Midtown Manhattan) will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Service from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will operate every 30 minutes to accommodate the busiest travel period.
  • To Liberty State Park:  Ferry service from Battery Park (Lower Manhattan) will operate every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and every 10 minutes from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • To Summit Station:  Shuttle bus service from Liberty State Park toSummit will start at 12 p.m. and operate every 30 minutes until 8 p.m.
  • To Gladstone Branch stations:  Shuttle bus service from Summit Station to Gladstone, Peapack, Far Hills, Millington, Gillette, Murray Hill, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Lyons, Berkeley Heights and New Providence stations will start at 12 p.m. and operate every 30 minutes until 8 p.m.

 

On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule (except Gladstone Branch, which remains suspended until further notice).  Click here for detailed schedules.  To accommodate customers traveling to and from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NJ TRANSIT will add extra trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast (between Long Branch and New York only), Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Port Jervis lines.   

 

On Thursday, November 22 (Jets vs. New England Patriots) and Sunday, November 25 (Giants vs. Green Bay Packers), NJ TRANSIT will offer rail shuttle service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex for the football games.  Click here for details. 

 

Light rail service will operate as follows:

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule—however, direct service between Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken will operate every 20 minutes
  • River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. 
  • Newark Light Rail willoperate on a Sunday schedule between Newark Penn and Grove Street stations, and on a modified schedule between Newark Penn and Broad Street stations (service every half hour).   

Bus Service:

 

Holiday bus schedules vary by route—view holiday schedule information here.  Selected bus routes will operate extra service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal for customers traveling to the parade.  Special service on the No. 111 bus route from New York to the Jersey Gardens Mall, as well as on the No. 70 and No. 73 bus routes to Livingston Mall, will begin operating before midnight on Thanksgiving night. 

 

On Friday, November 23, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines (except Gladstone Branch, which remains suspended until further notice).  Click here for detailed schedules.   Additional New York-bound trains will operate between 10 a.m.and noonon the Northeast Corridor.  Onthe Morris & Essex Lines, one additional midday train to New York will operate.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor will not operate on Friday, due to expected light ridership. 

 

Light rail service will operate as follows:

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule—however, direct service between Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken will operate every 20 minutes
  • River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. 
  • Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule between Newark Penn and Grove Street stations, and on a modified schedule between Newark Penn and Broad Street stations (service every half hour).   

Bus Service:

 

Schedules vary by route—view holiday schedule information here.  Selected routes will operate on special holiday schedules to match service with ridership demand, with less frequent service during the peak periods due to lower ridership. 

 

Extra bus service to New Jersey malls

 

Starting Friday, November 23 and continuing through December 24, NJ TRANSIT will offer additional bus service to major New Jersey shopping destinations to accommodate extended store hours and busy shopping times throughout the day.  Throughout the holiday shopping season, extra trips or expanded service will be offered on several bus routes serving malls and shopping centers throughout the state, including Garden State Plaza, IKEA Paramus, Jersey Gardens,Livingston Mall, Harmon Meadow/Mill Creek in Secaucus, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne Towne Center Mall and West BeltMall.  Note:  Special service on the No. 111 bus route from New York to the Jersey Gardens Mall, as well as on the No. 70 and No. 73 bus routes to Livingston Mall, will begin operating before midnight on Thanksgiving night.

 

Kids ride free on NJT

 

For the Thanksgiving holiday, NJ TRANSIT’s Family Super Saver Fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 21 until 6 a.m. Monday, November 26.  

 

Travel tips

 

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Additional service will be provided on Wednesday, Thursday andFriday.  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Travel Early on Friday, November 23:  On Friday, NJ TRANSIT rail lines will operate on a modified weekday schedule with additional trains during the late morning hours.  Avoid the crowds by traveling during the traditional peak-period (6-9 a.m.) when ridership is light.  
  • Allow Extra Travel Time:  Traffic congestion during the holidays may affect bus travel times to and from New York City, so customers shouldplan accordingly.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return.  Use ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges.  Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal are reminded that tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus.
  • Luggage:  Travel as light as possible.  Passengers with luggage or packages should use the overhead racks or designated luggage spaces.  On multilevel trains, customers with large bags should use the mezzanine levels at the ends of each car.