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REMINDER: Raritan Valley Line: Buses Replace Trains between Cranford & Newark and Union and Newark due to Amtrak Track/Signal Work - Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12, 2017
October 26, 2017


Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, November 10 and continuing through early Monday, November 13, Amtrak will perform a major signal upgrade near Newark Penn Station and the signal system will not operate through this segment. Trains are expected to be significantly delayed during this work. As a result, Raritan Valley Line (RVL) trains will be replaced by buses in both directions as follows:

  • Friday, November 10 - Between Cranford and Newark: 
    • Buses will replace trains between Cranford and Newark in both directions Friday evening from approximately 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (end of service).

Customers should allow up to 90 minutes added travel time because of the busing and Amtrak track and signal work. Those traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport, as well as those attending sporting events and concerts at Madison Square Garden or the Prudential Center, should allow for extra travel time. Please listen for station and crew announcements.

                                                             AFFECTED TRAINS

Friday, November 10    

  • Train 5152 (7:52 p.m. from Raritan) will terminate at Cranford.
  • Train 5154 (8:49 p.m. from Raritan) will terminate at Cranford.
  • Train 5156 (9:53 p.m. from Raritan) will terminate at Cranford.
  • Train 5458 (11:38 p.m. from Raritan) will terminate at Cranford.
  • An additional outbound train will depart Cranford at 9:25 p.m. making all stops to High Bridge.
  • Train 5193 (8:48 p.m. FROM New York) will not operate. Customers should take Northeast Corridor (NEC) Train 3887 (11:06 p.m. FROM New York) and change at Newark for connecting bus service to Cranford. Train 5193 will operate from Cranford.
  • Train 5155 (9:48 p.m. FROM New York) will not operate. Customers should take NEC Train 3737 (9:54 p.m. FROM New York) and change at Newark for connecting bus service to Cranford. Train 5155 will operate from Cranford.
  • Train 5197 (11:06 p.m. FROM New York) will not operate. Customersshould take NEC Train 3895 (11:06 p.m. FROM New York) and change at Newark for connecting bus service to Cranford. Train 5197 will operate from Cranford.
  • Train 5101 (12:08 a.m. FROM New York) will NOT operate. Customers should take Northeast Corridor Train 3897 (12:14 a.m. FROM New York) and change at Newark for connecting bus service to Cranford. Train 5101 will operate from Cranford.
  • Train 5403 (1:00 a.m. FROM New York/ 1:28 a.m. FROM Newark) will originate from Cranford.

Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12

  • Trains will operate between Raritan and Union stations ONLY. Substitute bus service will operate in both directions between Union and Newark.

Traveling Eastbound

  • Customers traveling from Raritan to Garwood will board their regular trains.
  • Friday night, customers at Cranford, Roselle Park and Union will board buses to Newark.
  • Saturday and Sunday, trains will operate to Union Station, and customers will transfer to buses to Newark. 
    • Buses will not depart until all customers have transferred from the train.
    • At Newark, customers continuing to Secaucus and New York should board the next available train. Customers may wait longer than usual for their connecting train at Newark, and, if traveling via Secaucus, should plan their connections carefully as trains will not be held at Secaucus. 

Traveling Westbound 

  • Friday night, customers traveling from Newark will board buses to Union Station, Roselle Park and Cranford. At Cranford, customers will transfer to the train. Trains will not depart until all buses have arrived and all customers have transferred.
  • Saturday and Sunday, customers traveling from Newark will board buses to Union where they will transfer to the train. Trains will not depart Union until all buses have arrived and all customers have transferred.
    • Customers traveling FROM New York or Secaucus will take connecting trains from those stations and transfer to buses at Newark.
    • Buses will not depart Newark until the connecting train from New York has arrived and all customers have transferred.
    • Trains will not depart until all buses have arrived and all customers have transferred.

We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions or additional information, please call NJ TRANSIT Customer Service at (973) 275-5555 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.