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NJ TRANSIT TO BEGIN REHABILITATION OF AGING BERGEN TUNNEL IN EARLY SUMMER

Hoboken Rail Schedules to Change on June 24

CONTACT: Ken Miller (973-491-7078)

NEWARK, NJ, May 10, 2001 -- At 124 years old, the Bergen Tunnel is in need of major structural reconstruction. The process of bringing the tunnel up to 21st century standards will begin in late June when NJ TRANSIT closes its north tube for approximately 15 months.

The rehabilitation project is required to address reliability issues related to age and to improve safety standards. When construction is complete, the Bergen Tunnel's north tube will feature waterproofed ceilings and walls; new electrical, signal and ventilation systems; new emergency exits; a new concrete floor; and new tracks affixed directly to the concrete floor.

"The Bergen Tunnel has provided access for hundreds of thousands of trains, carrying rail passengers for more than a century. If trains are to continue operating through this tunnel well into the next century, we must perform these critical repairs," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "But progress comes with a cost, and many of our customers will have to adjust their travel patterns. With this in mind, we have put together an aggressive outreach program and developed train schedules that will minimize customer inconvenience."

Construction time will be minimized by closing the tunnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning June 24 and continuing until late 2002. During construction, all rail service into and out of Hoboken Terminal will operate on two tracks instead of the usual four. As a result, rail schedules on the Bergen County, Boonton, Main, Morris & Essex, North Jersey Coast and Pascack Valley lines must be adjusted.

Of the 24,000 daily Hoboken rail customers, 94 percent -- or approximately 22,560 -- will have to make minimal adjustments to their daily commute. Only seven trains will be cancelled, while four other trains will be truncated -- two of them North Jersey Coast Line express trains that currently operate between Hoboken and Bay Head. Customers on the NJCL trains must transfer to PATH service at Newark Penn Station. Schedules on 24 other runs will be affected by five minutes or more.

Rail schedules affected by Bergen Tunnel construction will change on Sunday, June 24. The following weekday trains will experience the most significant impacts:

Boonton Line

  • Train 1034, which currently departs Montclair Heights at 6:38 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:07 p.m., will be cancelled. Customers may use NJ TRANSIT's No. 28 bus, which operates from Montclair University to Newark Broad Street at approximately the same time. At Newark Broad Street, customers can take the next available train to Hoboken.
  • Train 1035, which currently departs Hoboken at 5:48 p.m. and arrives in Montclair Heights at 6:23 p.m., will be combined with train 1081. Train 1081 will depart Hoboken at 5:42 p.m. and make all stops to Hackettstown, arriving there at 7:38 p.m.

Gladstone Branch

  • Train 433, which currently departs Hoboken at 5:24 p.m. and arrives in Gladstone at 6:30 p.m., will be combined with train 475. This train will be renumbered as train 433 and extended to Gladstone. The new train 433 will depart Hoboken at 5:31 p.m. and Newark Broad Street at 5:47 p.m., operate express to South Orange, then make all stops to Gladstone except Millburn and Short Hills.
  • Train 474, which currently departs Stirling at 7:01 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:04 p.m., will be replaced by a local train from Summit. The new train 344 will depart Summit at 7:05 p.m. and arrive in Hoboken at 7:47 p.m.

Morristown Line

  • Train 302, which currently departs Summit at 6:50 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:33 a.m., will be cancelled. Customers should use train 802, which will make all stops except Short Hills and Millburn. This train will depart Lake Hopatcong at 5:53 a.m. and arrive in Hoboken at 7:24 a.m.
  • Train 304, which currently departs Summit at 7:20 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:05 a.m., will be cancelled. Customers at Short Hills, Millburn, Brick Church and East Orange stations should use train 408, which will depart Gladstone at 6:29 a.m. and arrive in Hoboken at 7:52 a.m. Customers at Maplewood, South Orange, Mountain, Highland Avenue and Orange stations should use train 614.
  • Train 305, which currently departs Hoboken at 6:18 a.m. and arrives in Summit at 7:01 a.m., will be cancelled. Customers can use: train 871, which departs Hoboken at 5:58 a.m. and operates to Hackettstown; train 605, which will depart Hoboken at 6:38 a.m. after the schedule change and operate to Dover; or train 6605, a MidTOWN Direct which departs Newark Broad Street at 6:45 a.m. and operates to Dover.
  • Train 334, which currently departs Summit at 4 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 4:44 p.m., will instead terminate at Newark's Broad Street Station at 4:27 p.m. Customers traveling to Hoboken can obtain connecting service 10 minutes later on train 656.
  • Train 335, which currently departs Hoboken at 4:38 p.m. and arrives in Summit at 5:21 p.m., will originate at Newark's Broad Street Station, departing at 4:53 p.m. Customers traveling from Hoboken can use train 427 -- which departs Hoboken at 4:33 p.m. and will arrive at Broad Street Station at 4:49 p.m. -- to connect to train 335.

North Jersey Coast Line

  • Train 2306, which departs Bay Head at 6:49 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:47 a.m., will terminate at Newark Penn Station at 8:26 a.m. Hoboken-bound customers should use PATH service between Newark Penn Station and Hoboken.
  • Train 2311, which departs Hoboken at 5:44 p.m. and arrives in Bay Head at 7:41 p.m., will originate from Newark Penn Station at 6:02 p.m. Hoboken customers should use PATH service between Hoboken and Newark Penn Station.

There will be minor changes to weekend service. A complete list of trains that are cancelled, combined, truncated, or whose schedule changes by five minutes or more follows this release.

This month, NJ TRANSIT is launching a series of project-oriented customer forums at Hoboken Terminal and outlying stations, as well as other outreach efforts, to explain the project and assist passengers regarding train service modifications. In addition, NJ TRANSIT will hold monthly forums at Hoboken Terminal once construction begins. These forums will take place the first Wednesday of every month (except July, when the forum will be held July 11).

"We plan to keep our customers fully updated on construction progress through monthly forums, fixed displays at Hoboken Terminal, informational seat drops on our trains, on our website, through the media and with fact sheets," Warsh noted.

To assist customers further, a special hotline number -- 973-275-0319 -- has been established and will be activated on May 30. Customers can also call 1-800-772-2222 (or 973-762-5100 from out-of-state) between 6 a.m. and midnight. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287. NJ TRANSIT's website (www.njtransit.com) will also provide construction updates.

During construction, the Bergen Tunnel's north tube will be enlarged and will get a new concrete liner to replace the original brick liner. This repair will eliminate power disruptions caused by ice formation in cold weather. In the winter, dripping water freezes on catenary wires and power lines, resulting in service disruptions. The north tube also will receive a new concrete floor -- which allows for a smoother ride -- as well as a new drainage system and upgrades to safety systems such as lighting, ventilation and emergency exits. Work is scheduled to take place around the clock weekdays and some weekends. Rehabilitation work on the Bergen Tunnels' south tube will begin at a later date.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 372,000 daily commuters on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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BERGEN TUNNEL MAJOR SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS

(NOTE: Trains that will be eliminated or truncated -- which were listed earlier in this release -- are included on this list. They are noted in bold.)

Bergen County Line

  • Train 1146, which currently departs Suffern at 5:41 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 6:41 a.m., will operate five minutes earlier.

Boonton Line

  • Train 1000, which currently departs Lake Hopatcong at 6:33 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:50 a.m., will operate 10 minutes earlier.
  • Train 1002, which currently departs Lake Hopatcong at 6:42 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:04 a.m., will operate six minutes earlier.
  • Train 1031, which currently departs Hoboken at 7:50 a.m. and arrives in Montclair Heights at 8:19 a.m., will depart Hoboken at 7:44 a.m. and arrive in Montclair Heights at 8:16 a.m.
  • Train 1005, which currently departs Hoboken at 4:32 p.m. and arrives in Dover at 5:47 p.m., will operate seven minutes earlier.
  • Train 1034, which currently departs Montclair Heights at 6:38 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:07 p.m., will be cancelled. Customers may use NJ TRANSITs No. 28 bus, which operates from Montclair University to Newark Broad Street at approximately the same time. At Newark Broad Street, customers can take the next available train to Hoboken.
  • Train 1035, which currently departs Hoboken at 5:48 p.m. and arrives in Montclair Heights at 6:23 p.m., will be combined with train 1081. Train 1081 will depart Hoboken at 5:42 p.m. and make all stops to Hackettstown, arriving there at 7:38 p.m.

Gladstone Branch

  • Train 408, which currently departs Gladstone at 6:35 a.m., will depart Gladstone six minutes earlier and make additional stops at Brick Church and East Orange stations. It will arrive in Hoboken at the same time it does now -- 7:52 a.m.
  • Train 433, which currently departs Hoboken at 5:24 p.m. and arrives in Gladstone at 6:30 p.m., will be combined with train 475. This train will be renumbered as train 433 and extended to Gladstone. The new train 433 will depart Hoboken at 5:31 p.m. and Newark Broad Street at 5:47 p.m., operate express to South Orange, then make all stops to Gladstone except Millburn and Short Hills.
  • Train 474, which currently departs Stirling at 7:01 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:04 p.m., will be replaced by a local train from Summit. The new train 344 will depart Summit at 7:05 p.m. and arrive in Hoboken at 7:47 p.m.

Main Line

  • Train 1107, which currently departs Hoboken at 8:30 a.m. and arrives in Suffern at 9:38 a.m., will operate five minutes later.

Montclair Branch

  • Train 104, which currently departs Bay Street Station at 7:29 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8 a.m., will operate seven minutes later.
  • Train 107, which currently departs Hoboken at 7:33 a.m. and arrives at Bay Street Station at 8:02 a.m., will depart Hoboken at 7:12 a.m. and arrive at Bay Street Station at 7:42 a.m.
  • Train 109, which currently departs Hoboken at 8:01 a.m. and arrives at Bay Street Station at 8:29 a.m., will depart Hoboken at 7:47 a.m. and arrive at Bay Street Station at 8:20 a.m.
  • Train 113, which currently departs Hoboken at 3:31 p.m. and arrives at Bay Street Station at 4 p.m., will operate nine minutes earlier.
  • Train 117, which currently departs Hoboken at 4:57 p.m. and arrives at Bay Street Station at 5:26 p.m., will depart Hoboken at 4:44 p.m. and arrive at Bay Street Station at 5:14 p.m.
  • Train 116, which currently departs Bay Street Station at 5:48 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 6:17 p.m., will operate 15 minutes earlier.

Morris & Essex Lines

  • Train 302, which currently departs Summit at 6:50 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:33 a.m., will be cancelled. Customers should use train 802, which will make all stops except Short Hills and Millburn. This train will depart Lake Hopatcong at 5:53 a.m. and arrive in Hoboken at 7:24 a.m.
  • Train 304, which currently departs Summit at 7:20 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:05 a.m., will be cancelled. Customers at Short Hills, Millburn, Brick Church and East Orange stations should use train 408, which will depart Gladstone at 6:29 a.m. and arrive in Hoboken at 7:52 a.m. Customers at Maplewood, South Orange, Mountain, Highland Avenue and Orange stations should use train 614.
  • Train 305, which currently departs Hoboken at 6:18 a.m. and arrives in Summit at 7:01 a.m., will be cancelled. Customers can use: train 871, which departs Hoboken at 5:58 a.m. and operates to Hackettstown; train 605, which will depart Hoboken at 6:38 a.m. after the schedule change and operate to Dover; or train 6605, a MidTOWN Direct which departs Newark Broad Street at 6:45 a.m. and operates to Dover.
  • Train 605, which currently departs Hoboken at 6:51 a.m. and arrives in Dover at 8:12 a.m., will depart Hoboken at 6:38 a.m. and arrive in Dover at 8 a.m.
  • Train 614, which currently departs Dover at 6:37 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:55 a.m., will depart Dover at 6:40 a.m., arrive in Hoboken at 8:01 a.m. and make two additional stops: Highland Avenue and Orange.
  • Train 615, which currently departs Hoboken at 8:40 a.m. and arrives in Dover at 10:07 a.m., will operate 14 minutes later.
  • Train 873, which currently departs Hoboken at 7:58 a.m. and arrives in Hackettstown at 9:55 a.m., will depart Hoboken at 7:53 a.m..
  • Train 334, which currently departs Summit at 4 p.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 4:44 p.m., will instead terminate at Newark's Broad Street Station at 4:27 p.m. Customers traveling to Hoboken can obtain connecting service 10 minutes later on train 656.
  • Train 335, which currently departs Hoboken at 4:38 p.m. and arrives in Summit at 5:21 p.m., will originate at Newark's Broad Street Station, departing at 4:53 p.m. Customers traveling from Hoboken can use train 427 -- which departs Hoboken at 4:33 p.m. and will arrive at Broad Street Station at 4:49 p.m. -- to connect to train 335.

North Jersey Coast Line

  • Train 2302, which currently departs Bay Head at 5:46 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:43 a.m., will arrive in Hoboken five minutes earlier.
  • Train 2306, which departs Bay Head at 6:49 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:47 a.m., will terminate at Newark Penn Station at 8:26 a.m. Customers continuing to Hoboken should use PATH service to Exchange Place, where they can transfer to Hoboken-bound trains by crossing the platform.
  • Train 2311, which departs Hoboken at 5:44 p.m. and arrives in Bay Head at 7:41 p.m., will originate from Newark Penn Station at 6:02 p.m. Customers traveling from Hoboken should take PATH's World Trade Center-bound trains to Exchange Place, where they can transfer to Newark-bound trains by crossing the platform.

Pascack Valley Line

  • Train 1602, which currently departs Spring Valley at 6:16 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:23 a.m., will operate eight minutes earlier.
  • Train 1604, which currently departs Spring Valley at 6:43 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 7:51 a.m., will instead depart Spring Valley at 6:37 a.m. and arrive in Hoboken at 7:46 a.m.
  • Train 1606, which currently departs Spring Valley at 6:58 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:06 a.m., will operate six minutes later.
  • Train 1608, which currently departs Spring Valley at 7:15 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:17 a.m., will operate six minutes later.
  • Train 1610, which currently departs Spring Valley at 7:27 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:32 a.m., will operate seven minutes later.

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