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NJ TRANSIT REPORTS CONTINUED RIDERSHIP GROWTH IN FIRST QUARTER

October 12, 2005

NEWARK, NJ –
Preliminary ridership results for the first quarter of FY 06 show a continuing trend of ridership growth on NJ TRANSIT trains, buses, and light rail services, with systemwide ridership up five percent for the three-month period ending September 30.

Bus ridership rose about three percent for all services, with the largest gains posted on New York-bound routes—up more than six percent. Rail ridership increased by more than seven percent overall, with lines serving New York up between five and seven percent.

Light rail services continue to experience double-digit growth, with Hudson-Bergen Light Rail up nearly 25 percent and River LINE ridership increasing 18 percent.

Last month, NJ TRANSIT reported record FY 05 ridership across virtually all of its services, for the first time exceeding 800,000 trips on an average business day.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 800,000 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.