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NJ TRANSIT ADDS A NEW DIMENSION TO SUMMER FUN

Corporation Launches Summer Services Program in Perth Amboy

PERTH AMBOY– NJ TRANSIT launched its annual summer services program today at Perth Amboy Station and invited a few special guests to the celebration. Students from McGinnis Middle School in Perth Amboy and Booker T. Washington Middle School in New York City helped to kick off the start of the summer season.

NJ TRANSIT Board Director Robert Smartt and Mayor Joseph Vas joined students for a beach party and “sandcastle competition” to highlight a variety of summer attractions customers can access when riding NJ TRANSIT. This year, rail, bus and light rail customers can “Add a New Dimension to Summer Fun,” when going online at www.njtransit.com to get information on summer services packages available.

“Our summer services program offers customers a wide variety of destinations served by NJ TRANSIT during the summer season,” Smartt said. “Our buses, trains and light rail allow people to get out of their cars, out of summertime traffic jams, and enjoy hassle-free trips to some of New Jersey’s great attraction. Also, with the opening of our new Secaucus Junction, customers from northern and western portions of the State finally have easy access to destinations that once was not available through public transportation.”

“It is fitting that NJ TRANSIT chose Perth Amboy to launch this year’s summer services program since it is the starting point for the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.” said Mayor Vas. “Perth Amboy’s historic waterfront is only minutes away from our train station. Just a few blocks away, visitors can spend the day at our newly restored beach and visit shops, restaurants, the historic Ferry Slip, all with a breathtaking view of the Raritan Bay.”

Students were treated to a day of beach filled activities that included a friendly sandcastle competition between Perth Amboy and New York students. Six Flags Great Adventure, Monmouth Park joined students as they were treated to a barbecue, games, prizes and entertainment provided by one of the area’s hottest radio personalities – WKTU’s Speedy Gonzalez.

NJ TRANSIT customers can go online to find out about the various summer

services discounts available. To make the experience even more interesting, NJ TRANSIT is offering a new dimension in viewing its summer discounts – 3-D. Customers can request the 3-D glasses online or pick them up at major terminals including, Newark Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal, New York Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Secaucus Junction and Trenton Station. The glasses allow customers to view posters, brochures and web site in 3-D.

NJ TRANSIT summer services discounts include:

Beach Packages

  • Take advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s Beach Packages, which include beach admission and a roundtrip ticket on the North Jersey Coast Line. The packages cost $16.50 from Penn Station New York and for Main/Bergen Line and Pascack Valley customers who transfer at Secaucus Junction. Tickets purchased from Hoboken Terminal and Newark Penn Station cost $13. Beach destinations include – Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, Belmar, and Manasquan.
    • Beach packages will be available for weekends only beginning May 29. Starting on June 26 through September 6, the packages are available daily. The transportation portion of the package is not valid during weekday morning and evening peak periods.
    • On Saturdays, beginning June 13, North Jersey Coast Line Express Trains depart Hoboken Terminal and New York making stops at Newark Penn Station and expressing to Long Branch.

Monmouth Park

  • NJ TRANSIT operates a special "Pony Express" train direct to Monmouth Park on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Customers can board a North Jersey Coast Line train in Hoboken, Newark, Elizabeth, Rahway, Perth Amboy or South Amboy for service to Monmouth Park. The "Pony Express" arrives in plenty of time for the first race and leaves 15 minutes after the last race. The Pony Express includes free Grandstand Admission to the park. In addition, every Sunday is Family Fun Day at Monmouth Park. Starting on the Green and spreading all the way to the picnic area, NJ TRANSIT customers will find clowns, face painters, live music, pony rides and more.
  • Pony Express connections are available from Penn Station New York, Secaucus Junction, Hoboken Terminal and Newark Penn Station. Off-peak roundtrip tickets are $10.50 from Newark and Hoboken and $14.75 from New York.

Six Flags Great Adventure/Hurricane Harbor

  • NJ TRANSIT riders can save up to $21.49 on admission to Six Flags Great Adventure or Hurricane Harbor. Packages include admission and a roundtrip ticket that can be purchased at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, Newark Penn Station, Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia and the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden. Customers can present their bus ticket receipt at the park if they take local Bus Route No. 307 from Freehold; No. 309 from Toms River; No. 310 from Trenton Station and new bus route No. 311 from Asbury Park/Point Pleasant/Belmar.

New Jersey State Aquarium – Camden

  • NJ TRANSIT customers can receive $2.00 off admission when they present a validated River LINE ticket, bus or rail ticket, pass or transportation receipt along with a coupon at the New Jersey State Aquarium admission office. Offer expires September 6th. To obtain a coupon or NJ TRANSIT information visit www.RiverLINE.com, www.njtransit.com, or call 1-800-626-RIDE.

Madame Tussauds

  • NJ TRANSIT customers can save $6 on adult and $4 on children’s admission when they present their rail, bus or light rail pass or transportation receipt at the museum’s ticket window.

Liberty Science Center

  • NJ TRANSIT customers can receive a $2 discount when they present their bus, rail or light rail ticket, pass or transportation receipt at the Liberty Science Center box office. Liberty Science Center features hundreds of interactive exhibits, theater shows and demonstrations that allow guests to discover the excitement of exploring science and technology.

The Battleship New Jersey

  • The Battleship New Jersey, located along the Camden waterfront, is the nation’s most decorated battleship and is now a floating museum. NJ TRANSIT customers can save $2.50 on adult admission to the floating museum. To receive the discount, customers must bring their validated River Line ticket, bus or rail ticket, pass or transportation receipt.

Camden River Sharks

  • Customers can receive $1 off admission to any 2004 home games for Camden Riversharks baseball team at Campbell’s Field. Kids run the bases after every Saturday night game and receive free ice cream sundaes after every Sunday game. Customers can present their validated River Line ticket, bus or rail ticket, pass or transportation receipt at the box office. Customers can take Bus Route Nos. 452, 453, 457 to the ballpark.

Trenton Thunder

  • Customers can receive a Trenton Thunder Group trip rate. The group rate is $7.00 for adults and $4.50 for children. To receive the discount customers must present a validated River LINE ticket, bus or rail ticket, pass or transportation receipt along with a coupon at the Trenton Thunder box office. Offer expires August 29th. To obtain a coupon visit www.RiverLINE.com, www.njtransit.com, or call 1-800-626-RIDE.

The Madison Pub

  • River LINE customers will receive a River LINE ticket with the purchase of any entrée Monday thru Thursday. Offer expires 12/31/04. For more information visit www.RiverLINE.com.

Old Barracks Museum

  • NJ TRANSIT customers can experience what it was to live in the country during the Revolutionary War, by getting $1 off admission by presenting their validated River Line ticket, rail or bus ticket pass or transportation receipt from local Bus Route Nos. 409, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 608 and 609 at the museum’s ticket window.

Bus Service

· Seaside Heights-Seaside Park: Bus No. 67 from Newark Penn Station and Journal Square Transportation Center, Jersey City. Bus No. 137 from Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York. Service is for weekends only beginning Memorial Day weekend and goes daily starting June 26.

  • Island Beach State Park: Bus No. 137 from Port Authority Terminal. Passengers should alert driver that they are heading to the state park. Service operates Saturday, Sundays and holidays through Labor Day beginning June 26.
  • Cape May-Wildwood-Atlantic City: Bus No. 313/315 and No. 316 from the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal. Camden customers can also take express Bus No. 313/315 at the Walter Rand Transportation Center. Customers can also take the No. 319 from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Newark Penn Station and Journal Square Transportation Center. Customers should check current timetables for service.

For further information, riders in North Jersey can call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and midnight at 1-800-772-2222 or at 973-762-5100 from out of state. In South Jersey, riders may call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. at 1-800-582-5946 or at 215-569-3752 from Pennsylvania. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287. Riders can also visit the NJ TRANSIT website at www.njtransit.com.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 49 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

The statewide transit agency's bus and rail Weekend Family Super Saver Fare, which allows two children 11 and under to travel free with each fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday during the summer. Senior citizen and round-trip excursion tickets will be valid without restriction throughout the period.