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RIVER LINE TO OFFER EARLIER, LATER SERVICE STARTING SEPTEMBER 25

September 18, 2006
NJT-06-119
Contact: Joe Dee 973 491-7078

BURLINGTON CITY, NJ
River LINE customers at several Burlington County stations will soon enjoy earlier and later light rail service, as part of a schedule change that takes effect Monday, September 25.

For customers in Burlington City, the new schedule will offer new pre-dawn northbound and southbound departures, enabling customers to make earlier connections to Northeast Corridor trains in Trenton and PATCO trains in Camden. In addition, a new 9:30 p.m. trip from Trenton to Burlington South Station will enable customers to connect to the River LINE from later Northeast Corridor trains.

"The new schedule continues our series of enhancements for the River LINE by enabling customers in Burlington County to make earlier and later connections to Northeast Corridor and PATCO service," said David Morgan, manager of River LINE operations.

Highlights of the new schedule include:

  • Two new northbound trips will depart Burlington South Station at 6:01 a.m. and 6:17 a.m., arriving in Trenton at 6:28 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., respectively. Previously, the earliest northbound trip departed Burlington South Station at 6:30 a.m. and arrived in Trenton at 6:58 a.m.
  • A new southbound trip will depart Burlington Towne Centre at 6:03 a.m. and arrive at the Walter Rand Transportation Center at 6:37 a.m., providing earlier service for customers boarding at Burlington South, Beverly/Edgewater Park, Delanco and Riverside. Previously, the earliest southbound departure from Burlington Towne Centre was at 6:28 a.m.
  • A new southbound trip will depart Trenton at 5:45 a.m. and make all station stops, including Burlington Towne Center Station at 6:15 a.m. and the Walter Rand Transportation Center at 6:49 a.m. Previously, the first southbound departure from Trenton was at 6:00 a.m.
  • In the evening, a new 9:30 p.m. southbound departure from Trenton will make all station stops to Burlington South Station, where it will arrive at 9:54 p.m.

Customers should carefully check new timetables, which are available at major stations, aboard vehicles and online at www.njtransit.com. Customers with questions may call NJ TRANSIT at 1-800-772-2222.

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 service from Cinnaminson to Camden in January 2005
  • Starting next summer, the River LINE will operate until midnight between Camden and Pennsauken seven nights a week, providing better service for second-shift employees and Camden Waterfront visitors

Customers holding a valid weekly or monthly Northeast Corridor rail pass (imprinted with a zone number) can ride the River LINE at no additional charge at any time. A one-way adult trip on the River LINE is $1.25. Discounted monthly passes are available for $41.

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.