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NJ TRANSIT OFFERING EXTRA RAIL AND BUS SERVICE FOR BUSY HOLIDAY WEEK

Early getaway trains and buses on Friday, December 22

December 20, 2006
NJT-06-156
Contact: Dan Stessel or Joe Dee 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ NJ TRANSIT will offer extra trains and buses to accommodate customers’ travel needs during the upcoming holiday week. The additional service includes "early getaway" trains from New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal, as well as "early getaway" buses from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, on Friday, December 22.

In addition, NJ TRANSIT will operate extra New York-bound trains during the late morning and early afternoon Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29 to accommodate travelers en route to Newark, Hoboken and New York.

Friday, December 22

  • NJ TRANSIT will offer early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on more than two dozen bus routes, starting at noon. A complete list of early getaway departures is available online at www.njtransit.com.
  • NJ TRANSIT will offer 15 additional "early getaway" train departures from New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. Several trains will be combined to accommodate heavier passenger travel.

Saturday, December 23 and Sunday, December 24

NJ TRANSIT trains, buses and light rail lines will operate on a normal weekend schedule, including "Holiday Extra" trains on the Northeast Corridor and Morris & Essex Lines:

  • Northeast Corridor: From Trenton, four New York-bound express trains depart at 8:21 a.m., 9:21 a.m., 10:21 a.m. and 11:21 a.m. with stops at Hamilton, Princeton Junction, New Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen, Metropark, Newark Airport, Newark Penn Station and Secaucus. In the evening, four Trenton-bound express trains depart New York at 4:09 p.m., 5:09 p.m., 6:09 p.m. and 7:09 p.m., making the same station stops.|
  • Morris & Essex Lines: From Dover, four New York-bound express trains depart at 8:34 a.m., 9:34 a.m., 10:34 a.m. and 11:34 a.m. with stops at Denville, Mount Tabor, Morris Plains, Morristown, Convent Station, Madison, Chatham, Summit and Newark Broad Street stations. In the evening, four Dover-bound express trains depart New York at 4:03 p.m., 5:03 p.m., 6:03 p.m. and 7:03 p.m., making the same station stops.

Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

  • Rail service will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on the Northeast Corridor, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Main/Bergen County, North Jersey Coast and Atlantic City lines. There will be no service on the Montclair-Boonton and Pascack Valley lines, and "Holiday Extra" trains will not operate on the Morris & Essex and Northeast Corridor lines.
  • Bus schedules vary by route. Customers can check timetables online at www.njtransit.com, by calling 1-800-772-2222 or by consulting a printed schedule.
  • River LINE and Newark Light Rail service will operate on a Sunday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.

Extra rail service Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29

In addition to regularly scheduled weekday service, NJ TRANSIT will offer six extra New York-bound trains during the late morning and early afternoon to accommodate customers traveling to Newark, Hoboken and New York.

  • Northeast Corridor: Two additional trains will depart New Brunswick at 10:55 a.m. and 11:29 a.m. and make all stops to New York Penn Station, except North Elizabeth and Secaucus Junction.
  • North Jersey Coast Line: Two additional trains will depart Aberdeen-Matawan at 10:14 a.m. and 11:03 a.m. and make all stops to New York Penn Station, except Avenel, North Elizabeth, and Secaucus Junction.
  • Morris & Essex Lines: Two additional trains will depart Summit at 11:21 a.m. and 12:21 p.m. and make all stops to New York, except Mountain Station, Highland Avenue, and East Orange.

Kids Ride Free on NJT over the Christmas holiday weekend

NJ TRANSIT’s Family SuperSaver Fares, which enables up to two children (ages 5-11) to travel free with a fare-paying adult, will be in effect 7 p.m. Friday, December 22 through 6 a.m. Tuesday, December 26. Kids under 5 travel free at all times.

Travel tips for the holidays

  • 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 speed your return trip.

For schedules, fares and information, visit www.njtransit.com or call 1-800-772-2222.

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.