July 13, 2005
NEWARK, NJ – With less than a month to go before what is widely regarded as New Jersey’s biggest sporting event of the year—the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol—NJ TRANSIT is putting the finishing touches on enhanced rail schedules and staffing plans that will provide tens of thousands of golf fans with a seamless travel experience. More than 200,000 spectators are expected to attend during the seven-day event, which will take place August 8-14 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ.
"NJ TRANSIT has been working cooperatively with the PGA, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the New Jersey State Police and local officials to create a transportation plan that will provide visitors with a seamless experience," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "We look forward to welcoming the PGA and golf spectators from around the world."
The PGA Championship is returning to New Jersey this year after a 63-year absence, and there is no question that the best way to get there is by train. With no public parking available on or near the event site, visitors are encouraged to take NJ TRANSIT rail service to Summit Station, where PGA-sponsored shuttle service to Baltusrol will be available. NJ TRANSIT will add extra trains during PGA week to accommodate expected ridership increases, and additional rail management, customer service and police personnel will be on hand to assist customers at Summit Station, as well as all major terminals.
PGA visitors are advised to:
- Plan ahead. NJ TRANSIT advises all PGA visitors to become familiar with NJ TRANSIT schedules prior to starting their trip. NJ TRANSIT will provide comprehensive travel information for PGA visitors online at www.njtransit.com.
- Leave the car at home. Parking on the NJ TRANSIT system is limited. It is strongly recommended that PGA guests be dropped off at a NJ TRANSIT station.
- Buy a PGA Rail Pass. PGA visitors are encouraged to purchase a PGA Rail Pass, which provides roundtrip travel to Summit Station from any point-of-origin on the NJ TRANSIT system—train, bus or light rail. Customers can purchase their PGA Rail Pass online at www.pga2005.com, through July 25, 2005.
- A four-day PGA Commemorative Rail Pass ($20) is valid during each of the four rounds of the Championship on August 11-14, 2005.
- A three-day rail pass ($15) is valid during each of the three practice rounds August 8-10, 2005.
For additional information regarding NJ TRANSIT service, customers may call 1-800-772-2222 or visit www.njtransit.com. For PGA information, please call 1-800-PGA-GOLF or visit www.pga.com.
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 779,200 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.