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POPULAR 'PONY EXPRESS' SERVICE TO MONMOUTH PARK EXTENDED BY FIVE WEEKS

Customers encouraged to ‘take the fast track to the racetrack’

NJT-05-059
May 11, 2005

NEWARK – Race fans will get five extra weeks of “Pony Express” service to Monmouth Park Racetrack this year, NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington announced today. The popular service, which had previously run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, will be extended to operate from May 14 through September 25, 2005.

Families taking NJ TRANSIT can enjoy a day at Monmouth Park and avoid spending valuable time sitting in summer traffic. The train arrives in plenty of time for the first race and daily double, and departs 15 minutes after the last race listed in the program. Best of all, Pony Express riders get free Grandstand Admission to the Park.

“The Pony Express is the fast track to the racetrack,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “The train provides a convenient, comfortable way to get to Monmouth Park, without having to worry about getting stuck in a summer traffic jam.”

Pony Express service operates to Monmouth Park Station, located on the North Jersey Coast Line, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day) during the summer season. Customers may board at several stations, including Hoboken, Newark, Elizabeth, Rahway, Woodbridge, Perth Amboy and South Amboy. Customers traveling from New York or Secaucus Junction can connect to the Pony Express at Newark Penn Station.

A roundtrip adult ticket from Hoboken or Newark is just $10.50 ($14.75 from New York), and includes free Grandstand Admission to the park. Reduced fares are available for seniors, children and passengers with disabilities. Fares are subject to change on July 1, as NJ TRANSIT’s new fare schedules take effect.

Pony Express Schedule (Saturday, Sunday and Holidays) Departs

Hoboken Terminal 11:20 a.m.

Newark Penn Station 11:41 a.m.

Elizabeth 11:49 a.m.

Rahway 11:56 p.m.

Woodbridge 12:03 p.m.

Perth Amboy 12:09 p.m.

South Amboy 12:13 p.m.

Monmouth Park 12:38 p.m.

The first race post time is 1:15 p.m.

Connecting Service from New York Departs

New York Penn Station 11:15 a.m.

Secaucus Junction 11:23 a.m.

Arrive in Newark 11:32 a.m.

For further information on NJ TRANSIT service, customers may visit www.njtransit.com or call 1-800-772-2222. For information about Monmouth Park, call 732-222-5100 or visit Monmouth Park's web site at www.monmouthpark.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, 52 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.