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RIVER LINE TO OFFER EARLIER SERVICE TO CAMDEN

First train to depart Cinnaminson 28 minutes earlier

January 10, 2005
NJT-05-002

NEWARK, NJ - Earlier light rail service to Camden-and earlier bus and train connections to Philadelphia-will soon become a reality for River LINE customers in Riverside and Cinnaminson.

Starting Tuesday, January 18, the first Camden-bound River LINE train will depart Cinnaminson at 6:16 a.m.-28 minutes earlier than the current schedule-and arrive at the Walter Rand Transportation Center at 6:34 a.m. With their earlier arrival, customers can connect to earlier PATCO trains to Philadelphia, as well as NJ TRANSIT bus service.

Service from Riverside to Camden will begin at 6:23 a.m.-16 minutes earlier-with a scheduled arrival at the Walter Rand Transportation Center at 6:46 a.m.

"These earlier travel options from Cinnaminson and Riverside make the River LINE even more attractive for commuters who start work early in Camden or Philadelphia," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "It also puts in place improved transit service that both communities can leverage to support new and proposed redevelopment efforts."

NJ TRANSIT provides free parking at Cinnaminson Station, which features 250 spaces, and Riverside Station, which features 300 spaces.

NJ TRANSIT has continued to enhance River LINE service since its opening in March 2004. In June, NJ TRANSIT introduced 15-minute departures during the morning and evening rush hour, increasing the number of weekday roundtrips from 76 to 105 between Trenton and Camden. Also in June, the evening rush hour was extended to 8 p.m. to make using the River LINE more convenient for customers connecting at Trenton from Northeast Corridor trains. In September, NJ TRANSIT launched earlier Trenton-bound service from Florence and Roebling, enabling better connections to Northeast Corridor trains. Capital Connection bus schedules were adjusted to include new peak period shuttles between the Trenton River LINE station, downtown Trenton and the State House, and bus connection times with River LINE trains were improved for customer convenience.

The River LINE welcomed its one-millionth customer in October, roughly six months after its opening.

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 163 rail stations, 52 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.