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Select Northern NJ Bus Routes: Special Holiday Schedules - Beginning Thanksgiving Week, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
November 08, 2017


Special schedules will operate on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day and day after Thanksgiving (November 22, 23 and 24). Extra service will also operate weekends and weekdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas on select routes with heavier ridership than normal and will cover some extended mall hours.

Check the holiday service guide on your bus route’s timetable for more information.

Wednesday, November 22:

  • Most NJ TRANSIT local bus service will operate on a weekday schedule. 
  • Most Port Authority and Jersey City Waterfront bus services will operate on a special holiday schedule due to increased early departure times and reduced AM and PM peak demands.

Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day):

  • Most NJ TRANSIT bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • The following bus routes will have special holiday schedules:  Nos. 11, 40, 70, 73, 111, 113, 114, 130, 137, 139, 193, 196, 704 and 712.
  • Bus Nos. 163, 171, 175 and 770 will be operating on Saturday schedule to provide service to/from Garden State Plaza when the mall is open from 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Selected routes will not operate on Thanksgiving Day. 
  • The following bus routes will operate extra bus service to/from New York for the parade:
    • Bus Route Nos. 113, 114, 123, 158, 159, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 190, 191, 192, 195, 197 and 320
  • Inbound extra service between 8 a.m. and noon.
  • Outbound extra service from noon to early evening.
  • Extra service will operate 3-5 minutes ahead of regular scheduled trips. Customers should arrive at their boarding location at least 10 minutes earlier than the departure time.

Friday, November 24:

  • Most NJ TRANSIT local bus service will operate on a weekday schedule. 
  • Most Port Authority and Jersey City Waterfront bus services will operate on a special holiday schedule due to increased early departure times and reduced AM and PM peak demands.

Weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas:

  • The following routes will have extra service based upon higher ridership demands and extended mall hours of the day. Please check bus timetables on njtransit.com for more information: 
    • Nos. 11, 40, 73, 79, 85, 123, 163, 191, 192, 195, 198, 704, 709, 712 and 748.

Customers are encouraged to use our online Trip Planner at njtransit.com to determine schedule information.  Customers who do not have Internet access may visit an NJ TRANSIT Customer Service office to obtain a printout of the schedule.

Travel Tips and Reminders:

  • Check njtransit.com before starting your trip for service advisories or alerts that may affect your trip.
  • Please allow extra travel time during the holiday period due to heavier than normal passenger demand and traffic congestion into and out of New York City.  Heavy travel times are between 9 a.m. and noon (inbound) and between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (outbound).
  • Travel during off-peak hours:  inbound before 9 a.m. or after noon; outbound before 4 p.m.
  • On full-service bus routes, remember that no bills over $20 are accepted.  Exact change is always appreciated.
  • Customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal are reminded that tickets/passes are required before boarding the bus.
  • Purchase round trip tickets in advance on-board your inbound trip or prior to leaving the terminal to speed your return trip.
  • Customers traveling with large luggage or baby strollers should use undercarriage storage compartments on buses when available.  Please ask your bus operator for assistance when using undercarriage storage compartments.

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.