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Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Service Information

 

NJ TRANSIT will offer extra service for the upcoming holidays to give customers more travel options, whether going to the mall for last-minute shopping, leaving work early to get a head start on the Christmas holiday or attending New Year’s Eve festivities. 

 

In addition, NJ TRANSIT is giving customers more than two weeks of continuous savings through a special extension of the Family Super Saver Fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult.  Usually limited to weekends, the Family Super Saver Fare is in effect for the entire holiday period, until 6 a.m. Monday, January 6, on all trains, buses and light rail lines. 

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICE AT A GLANCE

 

Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Early getaway service from New York, Newark and Hoboken

 

Special holiday schedules on selected routes, including additional buses from PABT



 

 

 

 

Weekday schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Weekend/major holiday schedule

Schedules vary by route

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

Newark Light Rail and River Line on Sunday schedule; HBLR on weekend schedule

Thursday, Dec. 26 - Friday, Dec. 27

Modified weekday schedule with extra midday NY-bound service on select lines

 

Select morningpeak period trains will not operate on NEC and NJCL

Weekday schedule

 

Extra service to/from New York on selected routes (additional buses from PABT on Friday, Dec. 27)

Weekday schedule

Saturday, Dec. 28

 

Weekend schedule

Weekend schedule

Newark Light Rail and River Line on Saturday schedule; HBLR on weekend schedule

Sunday, Dec. 29

Weekend schedule

 

Meadowlands Rail Line service for Giants vs. Redskins game at 1 p.m.

Weekend schedule

Newark Light Rail and River Line on Sunday schedule; HBLR on weekend schedule

                                                                                          

On Tuesday, December 24, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines with additional “early getaway” service from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at 1 p.m. on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines. 

 

Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule. 

 

Buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule on most routes, with early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal starting around 1 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel.  View bus holiday service information, including special timetables, for Monday, December 24 here.

 

On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all rail lines. 

 

Light rail service will operate as follows:

Holiday bus schedules vary by route— view bus holiday service information, including special timetables, for Tuesday, December 25 here.

 

On Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will not operate due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays. 

 

Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule. 

 

Buses will operate on a weekday schedule, with extra bus service to and from New York on selected routes, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Friday, December 27 starting around 1 p.m.

 

On Saturday, December 28, trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule.  Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Saturday schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. 

 

On Sunday, December 29, trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule.  Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. 

 

In addition, on Sunday, December 29, service on the Meadowlands Rail Line will operate for the Giants/Redskins game at 1 p.m.

 

NEW YEAR’S SERVICE AT A GLANCE

 

Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Monday, Dec. 30

Modified weekday schedule with extra midday NY-bound service on select lines

 

Select morning peak period trains will not operate on NEC and NJCL

Weekday schedule

Weekday schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Modified weekday schedule with extra midday NY-bound service on select lines

 

Select morning peak period trains will not operate on NEC and NJCL

 

Early getaway service from Hoboken on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines

 

Extra evening NY-bound trips on the NEC, NJCL and M&E lines

 

Early getaway service from New York and the Jersey City Waterfront on selected routes

 

Additional service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the evening on selected routes

 

 

 

 

Weekday schedule

 

Extended late-night service on HBLR and River Line

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Special late-night trains after midnight on most rail lines

 

Weekend/major holiday schedule

Additional buses on selected routes from PABT after midnight

 

Schedules vary by route

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

Newark Light Rail on Saturday schedule; River Line on Sunday schedule; HBLR on weekend schedule

On Monday, December 30, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will not operate due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays. 

 

Buses and light rail lines will operate on a weekday schedule.    

 

On New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will not operate due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains between the holidays.  Additional “early getaway” service from Hoboken Terminal will operate on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines in the afternoon.  In the evening, additional New York-bound trips will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines. In addition, certain trips that normally depart just before or just after midnight will operate later to accommodate customers returning from New Year's festivities.  View printable timetable HERE for schedules.

 

Bus schedules vary by route.  Customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.  Selected routes will operate on special holiday schedules, available on njtransit.com, 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.  Early getaway service will also operate from the Jersey City Waterfront on the No. 64 and No. 68 bus routes.  In the evening, additional service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal will be offered on selected routes from approximately 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate customers traveling to New York for the festivities. 

 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.  

 

In addition, River Line will operate extended late-night service on New Year’s Eve and after midnight on New Year’s Day to accommodate customers attending the festivities on the Camden Waterfront.  Special late-night trains will operate between Camden and Trenton, making all local stops. 

 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will also operate added late-night service on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day to accommodate travelers returning home from midnight celebrations. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  No open containers of alcohol will be permitted on board trains, light rail vehicles, aboard buses or in any NJ TRANSIT facility.  This policy will be strictly enforced on New Year’s Eve and after midnight.

 

After midnight, special late-night trains will operate on most rail lines, and expanded bus service will be provided from the Port Authority Bus Terminal until approximately 2 a.m. on selected routes.  Click HERE for details.

 

On New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule.  

 

Light rail service will operate as follows:

Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to visit njtransit.com for details. 

 

Travel tips

 

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Travel Early:  On December 26 and 27, NJ TRANSIT rail lines will operate on a modified weekday schedule.  Avoid the crowds by traveling during the traditional peak-period (6-9 a.m.) when ridership is light.  
  • Allow Extra TravelTime:  Traffic congestion during the holidays may affect bus travel times to and from NewYork City, so customers should plan 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.