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EARLY GETAWAY AND EXTRA SERVICE SET FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Kids ride free on NJT all weekend long

November 20, 2006
NJT-06-142
Contact: Public Information (973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will offer extra bus and rail service to help customers connect with family and friends over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, including "early getaway" service on Wednesday and Friday and extra service Thursday morning for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bus service to shopping centers throughout New Jersey will be enhanced to accommodate additional holiday travel.

NJ TRANSIT’s Family Super Saver Fare, which enables up to two kids ages 5-11 to ride free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 22 until 6 a.m. Monday, November 27. Kids under 5 can ride free at all times. The kids-ride-free offer also is available to customers holding weekly or monthly passes, making NJ TRANSIT a great value.

NJ TRANSIT THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SERVICE AT A GLANCE

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Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Wednesday, Nov. 22

Additional early getaway service from New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at noon.

Additional early getaway trips from Port Authority Bus Terminal starting at noon.

Regular weekday service.

Thursday, Nov. 23

Weekend/Major Holiday Schedule – (No service on Montclair-Boonton and Pascack Valley lines).

Extra rail service on select lines into and out of New York and Hoboken.

Check holiday guide in timetable.

Additional trips on select routes to New York in the morning and additional outbound trips starting at noon.

Sunday schedule in effect. (Saturday/ Sunday service for HBLR)

Friday, Nov. 24

Weekday schedule with additional New York-bound trains on select lines in the morning and additional early getaway service from New York and Hoboken starting at noon.

Check holiday guide in timetable.

Additional trips on select routes to shopping malls.

Special printed and online timetables in effect for select routes.

Weekday service for River LINE.

Sat./Sun. service for HBLR.

Saturday service for Newark Light Rail.

On Wednesday, November 22, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines, with additional "early getaway" service between noon and 5 p.m. from New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. Buses will operate on a weekday schedule, with additional buses providing early getaway service on select routes from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT). Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the River LINE will operate on a weekday schedule.

On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23) trains will operate on a "weekend/major holiday" schedule on the Atlantic City, Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Main/Bergen County lines. There will be no service on the Pascack Valley and Montclair-Boonton lines. Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule, with additional trips scheduled on select routes to the PABT between 8-11 a.m. and from PABT between noon and 3 p.m. (Bus customers are advised to check special holiday timetables for their routes.) Newark Light Rail and River LINE service will operate on a Sunday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.

On Friday, November 24, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, bus service will operate on a holiday or weekday schedule (depending on the route) with extra service to shopping centers throughout New Jersey to accommodate holiday travel. (Bus customers are advised to check their timetables for more information.) Rail service will operate on a weekday schedule, with additional trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, and Morris & Essex Lines. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule and the River LINE will operate on a weekday schedule.

Thanksgiving Day Rail Service

Northeast Corridor: Ten additional trains will be offered.

  • Three additional trains will depart New Brunswick at 6:28 a.m., 7:28 a.m. and 8:28 a.m., making all stops to Metropark, then operating express to Newark Liberty International Airport, followed by Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station.
  • Four additional express trains will depart New York Penn Station at 9:03 a.m., 10:01 a.m., 10:56 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. stopping at Newark Penn Station, Newark Liberty International Airport, Metropark, New Brunswick, Princeton Junction, Hamilton and Trenton.
  • Three additional local trains will depart New York Penn Station at 11:24 a.m., 12:24 p.m. and 12:39 p.m., making all stops to Trenton except North Elizabeth and Jersey Avenue.

North Jersey Coast Line: Four additional trains will be offered.

  • Two trains will depart Long Branch at 6:38 a.m. and 7:38 a.m. and make all stops except Monmouth Park and North Elizabeth en route to New York Penn Station.
  • Two trains will depart New York Penn Station at 11:52 a.m. and 12:52 p.m. and make all stops except North Elizabeth and Monmouth Park en route to Long Branch.

Morris & Essex Lines: Six additional trains will be offered.

  • Two additional trains will depart Dover Station at 6:45 a.m. and 7:22 a.m., making all stops through South Orange, followed by Brick Church, Newark Broad Street, Secaucus and New York Penn Station.
  • A 7:45 a.m. departure from Dover will make all stops to Summit, then express to Newark Broad Street, Secaucus and New York Penn Station.
  • Three additional trains will depart New York Penn Station at 11:39 a.m., 11:54 a.m. and 12:49 p.m., making all local stops to Dover.

Raritan Valley Line: Two additional trains will be offered.

  • A 6:43 a.m. departure from Raritan will make all local stops to Hoboken, with connecting service to New York available at Newark Penn Station.
  • An additional train will depart Hoboken at noon and make all local stops to Raritan. Customers traveling from New York Penn Station should board the 11:52 a.m. train and transfer at Newark Penn Station.

Port Jervis Line: Two additional trains will be offered.

  • A 6:21 a.m. departure from Port Jervis will make all stops to Sloatsburg, with stops at Secaucus Junction and Hoboken.
  • An additional train departs will depart Hoboken at 12:15 p.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction and Sloatsburg, followed by all local stops to Port Jervis.

Travel Tips for Holiday Travelers

  • Visit www.njtransit.com to plan your travel.
  • For the most comfortable trip, travel outside of the peak periods. (The peak periods are 6-10 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. on weekdays.) A 15-percent discount applies to roundtrip travel on off-peak and weekend trains.
  • Purchase roundtrip tickets at your boarding station to avoid lines and speed your return trip.

For NJ TRANSIT schedules, fares or information, visit www.njtransit.com or call 1-800-772-222.

About NJ TRANSIT

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