NEWARK, NJ — Customers will benefit from expanded River LINE service next summer, as a result of $1.3 million in signal enhancements to allow for late-night light rail service between Camden and the Route 73 Park & Ride in Pennsauken.
The contract amendment approved today by the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors includes modification of the River LINE’s signal system between the 36th Street and Pennsauken/Route 73 stations. With this investment, the River LINE will be able to operate between Camden and Pennsauken until midnight seven nights a week, providing better service for customers, particularly second-shift employees and people attending evening events at the Tweeter Center and on the Camden Waterfront.
River LINE trips that currently operate only between the Entertainment Center and 36th Street stations between 10 p.m. and midnight will be extended to the Pennsauken-Route 73 Park & Ride, which offers 452 parking spaces and is conveniently located near several major highways, including Route 73, Route 130, the New Jersey Turnpike and I-295.
"As a result of this investment, we will be able to provide more late-night service for our light rail customers in southern New Jersey," said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. "The expanded service will make River LINE an even more attractive travel option for residents and visitors alike."
"Since the River LINE opened, we have worked hard to expand early morning and late-night travel options," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "By extending late-night service to the Pennsauken/Route 73 Station, we are linking Camden Waterfront visitors and commuters with parking ideally situated near several major roadways."
The plan for the expanded service comes on the heels of a successful trial this summer of a free bus connection at 36th Street Station to transport customers returning from the Camden Waterfront to the Route 73 Park & Ride between 10 p.m. and midnight. The trial continues through September 30.
Since the River LINE opened on March 15, 2004, NJ TRANSIT has made the following service enhancements:
- Introduced 15-minute peak-period service in June 2004
- Enhanced Capital Connection bus service in Trenton to provide better connections with River LINE trains in June 2004
- Launched new early morning service to Trenton from Florence and Roebling in September 2004, enabling customers to make earlier connections to Northeast Corridor trains
- Launched new early morning service from Cinnaminson to Camden in January 2005
- Introduced a new late-night service option in June 2006 by extending the 9:30 p.m. trip from Camden to 36th Street to the Pennsauken/Route 73 Park & Ride.
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing nearly 857,000 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, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.