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NEWARK CITY SUBWAY SERVICE ADJUSTMENT SET FOR NEXT TWO WEEKENDS

Bus shuttle between Newark Penn, Branch Brook Park starts 8 p.m. Friday

April 6, 2006
NJT-06-049
Contact: Dan Stessel (973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — Bus service will replace Newark City Subway cars between Branch Brook Park Station and Newark Penn Station for the next two weekends to allow for scheduled construction work associated with the one-mile subway extension to Broad Street Station that is scheduled to open this summer. The project will connect two of
NJ TRANSIT’s busiest rail stations and support Newark’s economic rebirth along the waterfront and Broad Street with five new stations serving NJPAC, Riverfront Stadium, The Newark Museum and Broad Street-area businesses.

On Friday, April 7, the last subway rail car operating to Newark Penn Station will depart Branch Brook Park Station at 7:53 p.m. The last subway rail car operating to Branch Brook Park Station will depart Newark Penn Station at 8:24 p.m.

The Newark City Subway will operate normally between Branch Brook Park Station and Grove Street Station throughout the weekend. Regular service will resume Monday morning, beginning with service from Grove Street Station at 4:29 a.m.

Subway service also will be suspended between Newark Penn Station and Branch Brook Park Station next weekend, beginning Friday, April 14.

Customers should be aware that exact change is required on board buses; subway ticket-vending machines will generally not be accessible.

Safety First

NJ TRANSIT recently energized newly installed overhead wires that will power Newark City Subway rail cars for the first time between Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Station. The public should exercise caution around the subway extension project, which includes tracks that run along portions of McCarter Highway (Route 21), Atlantic Street, Broad Street and Lombardy Street. All overhead wires should be considered live at all times.

NJ TRANSIT has issued the following safety precautions:

· Cross rail tracks only at designated areas such as sidewalk or street crossings.

· Do not use the tracks as a shortcut.

· Do not place foreign objects on the tracks or in the overhead wires.

· Stay away from the overhead wires and support poles.

· Stay away from substations and fences.

· Observe all traffic signals and grade-crossing, protection devices at street intersections.

· Obey all signs.

· Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists must be careful when approaching intersections crossed by the subway extension.

· Contractors working near the alignment also must make sure to operate cranes and other heavy equipment at least 10 feet away from high voltage lines.

For additional information, customers may visit www.njtransit.com or call 1-800-772-2222.

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