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NJ TRANSIT ADDS 261 TRAINS FOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

Customer service, police personnel set to welcome Baltusrol guests

NJT-05-107
August 1, 2005

NJ TRANSIT will operate 261 additional trains to accommodate expected demand from the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol in Springfield, August 8-14.

The Corporation plans to operate 37 extra trains each weekday and 38 additional trains each weekend day during the seven-day event, which is expected to draw more than 200,000 spectators. Complete PGA-week schedule information is available online at www.njtransit.com.

NJ TRANSIT will be the most convenient way to access the PGA Championship, since there is no public parking on or near the event site. Customers are encouraged to take trains on the Morris & Essex Lines—including MidTOWN DIRECT trains from New York Penn Station—to Summit Station, where PGA-sponsored shuttle service to Baltusrol will be available.

“A world-class event deserves world-class transportation,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “As the preferred transportation provider of the 87th PGA Championship, 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.”

In addition to extra train service, NJ TRANSIT will staff Summit Station with rail management, customer service and police personnel, who will patrol the station and trains.

PGA visitors are advised to:

· Plan ahead. NJ TRANSIT is encouraging all PGA guests to familiarize themselves with NJ TRANSIT schedules prior to starting their trip. Comprehensive travel information for PGA visitors is available at www.njtransit.com (click on the PGA link).

· Leave the car at home. Parking on the NJ TRANSIT system is limited—especially during the work week. It is strongly recommended that PGA guests be dropped off at an NJ TRANSIT station. PGA attendees traveling from New York State and northern New Jersey may park at Ramsey Route 17 Station, which offers more than 1,250 parking spaces. Ramsey parking fees are $4 per weekday and $2 per weekend day.

· Purchase round-trip tickets in advance. Use ticket vending machines and purchase round-trip tickets in advance to save time. Ticket vending machines accept credit and debit cards, as well as cash. Tickets purchased onboard trains are subject to a $5 surcharge and must be purchased with cash.

Make the connection at Secaucus Junction

Secaucus Junction connects 10 of NJ TRANSIT’s 11 commuter rail lines, providing customers with convenient transfers to Summit-bound trains. PGA guests traveling from New York City enjoy direct service from New York Penn Station. (Travel time is approximately 40 minutes.) Frequent service is also available from Hoboken Terminal.

Montclair midday service adjustment

MidTOWN DIRECT-Montclair off-peak trains will not operate between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during PGA week to make additional seats available on the Morris & Essex Lines. Customers may board any Hoboken-bound train and transfer at Newark Broad Street Station to a New York-bound train. Peak-period service will not be affected.

For additional information regarding NJ TRANSIT service—including schedules and fares, customers may call 1-800-772-2222 or visit www.njtransit.com. For PGA information, call 1-800-PGA-GOLF or visit www.pga2005.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.