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NJ TRANSIT HAS YOUR TICKET FOR A FUN TIME IN THE SUNSHINE

Hot summer deals to state’s biggest attractions

May 24, 2006
NJT-06-073
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078

SECAUCUS, NJ — Looking for a fun time in the sunshine without the hassles and expense of driving? NJ TRANSIT has your ticket!

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, NJ TRANSIT today offered customers a preview of its summer deals, discounts and destinations at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction. There, in the station rotunda, customers discovered an array of special summertime deals—including money-saving beach packages to the Jersey Shore—as well as details on seasonal express train and bus service to popular destinations across the state. Representatives from some of New Jersey’s biggest attractions—including Six Flags Great Adventure, Monmouth Park and the Battleship New Jersey—were on hand with prizes and giveaways for transit riders.

“NJ TRANSIT’s summer services offer the perfect opportunity for people to explore all that this state has to offer,” said NJ TRANSIT Board member and Belmar Mayor Kenneth E. Pringle. “With express rail service and discount packages to Belmar Beach and other Jersey Shore destinations, NJ TRANSIT provides comfortable, convenient and affordable access to summer recreation.”

“New Jersey’s biggest attractions are offering discounts to our customers, giving people one more reason to try transit this summer,” said Assistant Executive Director Lynn Bowersox.”


Express rail service to the Jersey Shore

There’s simply no better way to reach the beach than to take the train! You’ll avoid the traffic, tolls and expense of driving and arrive ready for a full day in the sun.

NJ TRANSIT has unveiled a fresh slate of 2006 beach packages, seeking to build on last year’s strong weekend ridership on the North Jersey Coast Line. The line carried more than 24,000 passengers each weekend of the summer, seven percent higher than the previous summer and roughly 34 percent higher than the off-season. By purchasing a beach package, customers receive roundtrip rail tickets and beach admission for one low price—$14.50 from Hoboken or Newark, and $18.50 from New York, Secaucus, and New Jersey stations along the Main/Bergen and Pascack Valley lines.

NJ TRANSIT provides frequent rail service to shore destinations from Hoboken, Newark, Secaucus and New York Penn Station, with more than 40 trains serving shore communities each day. As an added incentive to take the train, NJ TRANSIT will launch weekend express service on June 17 from New York and Newark, which will shave approximately 30 minutes off the standard travel time for customers traveling from New York and Newark to stations from Long Branch to Bay Head.

  • The outbound train, which will operate Saturdays only June 17 through September 2, will depart New York Penn Station at 9:01 a.m., stop at Newark Penn Station at 9:17 a.m. and operate express to Long Branch, where it will arrive at 10:08 a.m. Customers may connect at Long Branch for shuttle service to Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, Belmar, Spring Lake, Manasquan, Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head.
  • For the return trip, which operates on Sundays and holidays (July 4 and Labor Day), a shuttle train will depart Bay Head at 6:56 p.m., make stops at Point Pleasant Beach, Manasquan, Spring Lake, Belmar, Bradley Beach and Asbury Park, and arrive in Long Branch at 7:30 p.m. Connecting express service will depart Long Branch at 7:43 p.m., stop at Newark Penn Station at 8:29 p.m., and arrive in New York at 8:50 p.m.
Bus service to Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari

A dramatically different adventure awaits families this season at the world’s largest regional theme park, Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari. The park celebrates Six Flags’ 45th Anniversary with El Toro, an enormous new wooden roller coaster, and Bugs Bunny National Park, the park’s third children’s area. NJ TRANSIT customers can save up to $38.09 when they purchase a package that includes roundtrip express bus transportation and park admission. Buses depart daily from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 9:30 a.m. and from Newark Penn Station at 10 a.m.

Right next to Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari, soak up the sun at one of America's best water parks—Six Flags Hurricane Harbor! This tropical paradise offers a million-gallon wave pool, one of the world's largest lazy rivers, nearly 20 water slides and a massive water playground for wet 'n wild fun! For more Six Flags information, call 732-928-1821 or visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.

Rail service to Monmouth Park Racetrack

Monmouth Park Racetrack is the shore’s greatest stretch, and it’s never been easier to get there on NJ TRANSIT. This year, you can board a train anywhere on NJ TRANSIT’s rail system and travel to Monmouth Park Racetrack. Simply purchase an off-peak round-trip ticket to Monmouth Park and receive Grandstand Admission and a Racing Program for $1 plus round-trip train fare!

Monmouth Park packages are valid on regularly scheduled North Jersey Coast Line trains and connections on weekdays (except during peak periods when you board at New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station, Newark Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction or Hoboken Terminal), weekends and holidays when Monmouth Park Racetrack is open. Monmouth Park packages are only available at ticket vending machines or ticket offices and sold only on days when Monmouth Park is open for racing.

To provide more service to Monmouth Park Racetrack, NJ TRANSIT is adding station stops on regularly scheduled North Jersey Coast Line trains to Monmouth Park. Now, train service from New York Penn Station and Newark Penn Station will provide hourly service in both directions from approximately 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from approximately 10:30 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Trains will stop at the station on Port Au Peck Avenue, just a short 5-minute walk from the entrance to the track. For more Monmouth Park information, call 732-222-5100 or visit www.monmouthpark.com.

On weekends, kids ride free on NJT!

As always, NJ TRANSIT’s Family Super Saver Fare allows up to two children 11 and under to ride free on weekends and holidays when accompanied by a customer paying any valid fare, from 7 p.m. Friday (or the day before a holiday) until 6 a.m. Monday (or the day after a holiday).

For additional information on Summer Services, as well as deals and destinations, customers may visit www.njtransit.com (click on “Deals and Destinations”) or call 1-800-772-2222.

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 827,000 weekday 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, 55 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.