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GLADSTONE BRANCH SERVICE ADJUSTMENT TO ACCOMMODATE TRACK UPGRADE PROJECT

Substitute bus service to be provided between Gladstone and Stirling during off-peak hours

July 13, 2006
NJT-06-094
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078

NEWARK, NJ Beginning this weekend, NJ TRANSIT will adjust service on the Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex Lines to perform track upgrades and maintenance work between Gladstone and Stirling stations. Train service will be temporarily suspended during certain times, with substitute bus service provided between the two stations and intermediate stops to accommodate customers.

NJ TRANSIT has scheduled all work during off-peak hours to minimize customer inconvenience.

On Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, train service will be suspended between Gladstone and Stirling stations from approximately 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. During this time, customers traveling outbound to Gladstone will transfer to buses at Stirling Station to complete their trips.

Customers traveling inbound to Newark/Hoboken during this time will board buses at Gladstone, Peapack, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Lyons and Millington stations. Buses will drop off customers at Stirling Station where inbound train service will originate.

Regular weekend rail service will resume Saturday, July 22.

Starting Monday, July 17 and continuing weekdays until mid-August, crews will replace sections of track, make station repairs and perform maintenance on overhead wires during midday off-peak hours. Train service will be temporarily suspended between Gladstone and Bernardsville stations from approximately 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and between Gladstone and Stirling stations from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with substitute bus service provided as follows:

Inbound to Newark/Hoboken

  • Weekday customers traveling inbound to Newark/Hoboken on train 418, the 9:27 a.m. departure from Gladstone, will have substitute bus service at Gladstone, Peapack and Far Hills stations. Customers will transfer to a train at Bernardsville Station.
  • Weekday customers traveling inbound to Newark/Hoboken on trains 420, 422, 424, 426 and 428, the 10:43 a.m., 11:42 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:40 p.m., and 2:38 p.m. departures from Gladstone, respectively, will board buses at Gladstone, Peapack, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Lyons and Millington stations and transfer to trains at Stirling Station.
  • Weekday customers traveling inbound to Newark/Hoboken on train 430, the 3:40 p.m. departure from Gladstone, will have substitute bus service at Gladstone, Peapack and Far Hills stations. Customers will transfer to a train at Bernardsville Station.

Outbound to Gladstone

  • Weekday customers traveling outbound on train 409, the 7:31 a.m. departure from Hoboken, will transfer at Bernardsville Station for bus service to Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone stations.
  • Weekday customers on outbound trains 411, 413, 415, 417, 419 and 421, the 8:33 a.m., 9:27 a.m., 10:27 a.m., 11:26 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 1:23 p.m. departures from Hoboken, respectively, will transfer to buses at Stirling Station for service to Millington, Lyons, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone stations.
  • Weekday customers traveling outbound on train 425, the 3:23 p.m. departure from Hoboken, will transfer at Bernardsville Station for bus service to Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone stations.

Regular peak-period and late evening rail service will operate over the entire length of the Gladstone Branch through the completion of the project.

NJ TRANSIT will keep customers informed through station signage, public address announcements, customer notices aboard trains and service advisories on the www.njtransit.com website. For additional information or assistance, customers may call NJ TRANSIT at 1-800-772-2222.

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.