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Expect Bus Detours, Delays with Route 495 Project

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has started a two-and-a-half year rehabilitation project on the Route 495 bridge in North Bergen, which is used by many of our buses traveling to/from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), as well as some local bus routes in Hudson and Bergen counties. The inbound Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL) will remain open weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. during construction.

Lane closures and detours daily between 1 p.m. and 6 a.m. will cause delays for all vehicles when the 31st Street ramp from Kennedy Boulevard to Route 495 west is closed to vehicular traffic, affecting nearly 20 bus routes. One lane of Route 495 in each direction will also be closed, limiting capacity and causing severe congestion. Please note:

  • Buses will operate on their regular route westbound along 31st Street through Union City the entire day.
  • All Union City bus stops on 31st Street will be served.
  • Between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays, all NJ TRANSIT buses using the 31st Street ramp will follow regular routes and continue to use Route 495 westbound.
  • All buses operating between 1 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning will continue using the 31st Street ramp but will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road.
  • Due to one lane being closed on 495 and one lane being closed from Route 3 onto 495 East, all PABT bus routes may experience delays throughout this project.
  • Delays through Union City are anticipated due to increased traffic volume.

NJDOT also encourages New York-bound commuters to join carpools or consider NY Waterway Ferry service for the duration of the project. For further information, visit The website will be updated as work progresses.

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