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MAIN-BERGEN LINE CUSTOMERS GET MORE SERVICE AS SCHEDULES CHANGE 10/31

Additional holiday season weekend service for NEC and M&E lines

October 14, 2004
NJT-04-038

NEWARK -- Main-Bergen line rail customers will see more service from Hoboken and Secaucus Junction as NJ TRANSIT alters its timetables on October 31. Weekday evening schedules will be restructured to provide, on average, 30-minute service between Hoboken/Secaucus Junction and Suffern from 7 p.m. until midnight.

“This schedule change brings very good news for customers along the Main-Bergen lines,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “This is about giving our customers more flexibility and the ability to spend more time in Manhattan, which is the kind of choice our customers are looking for.”

The new timetable provides more frequent service on the Main Line – both eastbound and westbound – focused on the high-density stations between Glen Rock and Suffern, including the new Ramsey Route 17 station. Under the new schedule, trains will depart Glen Rock for Suffern every 30 minutes, with stops at Ridgewood, Ho-ho-kus and Ramsey Route 17.

Similarly, service in both directions on the Bergen County Line will improve with hourly service between Hoboken/Secaucus Junction, Rutherford, Fairlawn and Glen Rock.

The new schedule, which fills service gaps up to 90 minutes on the Main Line and up to 2˝ hours on the Bergen Line, will provide hourly service on the branches from Hoboken to Ridgewood on both lines.

NJ TRANSIT will begin operating a new train that will serve as the latest weekday express departure from Hoboken, fulfilling the most popular customer request on the Main-Bergen lines. Train 1165 will depart Hoboken at 6:21 p.m., operate express to Ridgewood and then make all stops to Suffern. The last express train on the current schedule, which will continue to be offered, departs Hoboken at 5:45 p.m.

Morris & Essex Lines/Northeast Corridor

Responding to holiday travel patterns that in recent years have produced ridership increases of more than 30 percent on Saturdays and Sundays (compared with 14 percent on weekdays), NJ TRANSIT will offer 16 “Holiday Extra” trains on weekends this season on the Morris & Essex Lines and the Northeast Corridor.

On the M&E, four new trains will depart Dover between 8:36 a.m. and 11:36 a.m. and arrive in New York at 48 minutes after the hour, beginning at 9:48 a.m. Each train, which is scheduled to make all stops to Summit and operate express to Newark Broad Street before arriving in New York, cuts about 18 minutes off the typical Dover-New York trip. Outbound, four new “Holiday Extra” trains will depart New York between 4:03 p.m. and 7:03 p.m., stopping at Newark Broad Street and operating express to Summit before making all stops to Dover.

On the Northeast Corridor, four new “Holiday Extra” trains will depart Trenton between 8:25 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. The trains will run express from New Brunswick to Newark Airport and stop at Newark Penn Station and Secaucus Junction before arriving in New York. For return trips, four new trains will depart New York between 4:09 p.m. and 7:09 p.m., stopping at Newark Penn Station and Newark Airport before expressing to New Brunswick, followed by all westbound stops to Trenton.

Also on the NEC, new weekday train 3811 will improve service for reverse commuters as it departs New York at 5:03 a.m., filling a 51-minute gap in the current schedule. The train makes all local stops to Trenton except Jersey Avenue, arriving at 6:32 a.m. The train provides a new 13-minute connection with River LINE service to Camden, a five-minute connection with SEPTA service to Philadelphia, and convenient transfers to Capital Connection buses to Downtown Trenton and the Statehouse.

North Jersey Coast Line

On the North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL), NJ TRANSIT will make two changes in response to customer feedback. Weekday Train 5300, which will depart Bay Head at 4:33 a.m. and arrive in Newark at 6:03 a.m., will add a Red Bank stop to accommodate customer requests for earlier service.

In addition, an earlier NJCL shuttle will depart Long Branch at 7:20 a.m. and arrive in Bay Head at 8:09 a.m. for reverse commuters. Prior to this change, the earliest Bay Head-bound shuttle left Long Branch at 8:40 a.m.

Customers should carefully check new timetables, which are available at major stations and online at www.njtransit.com, for changes that may affect their travel patterns. Customers with questions may call NJ TRANSIT at 1-800-772-2222.

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 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.