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NEW LATE-NIGHT SERVICE TO BENEFIT RIVER LINE CUSTOMERS

Convenient nightly rail service to Pennsauken Park & Ride Station offers new travel options to Camden and Philadelphia visitors

May 15, 2007
Contact: Joe Dee 973-491-7078


NEWARK, NJ — A night on the town will be easier to enjoy starting Sunday, May 27 as the River LINE launches new late-night service from Camden to Route 73/Pennsauken Station—every night of the week.

Recently completed signal upgrades will allow River LINE trains departing Camden as late as midnight to operate to Pennsauken, where customers can park for free and use light rail to access dining, cultural and entertainment destinations in Camden and Philadelphia.

Route 73/Pennsauken Station offers 452 free parking spaces and is conveniently located near several major highways, including Route 73, Route 130, Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike. Comfortable River LINE light rail trains make the trip to the Walter Rand Transportation Center in just 11 minutes; the trip to Camden’s Entertainment Center Station takes 19 minutes.

“This late-night service to the Pennsauken Park & Ride Station makes the River LINE an even more convenient travel alternative, and as we’ve seen throughout the state, convenient public transportation helps fuel the economy,’’ said NJ TRANSIT Chairman and Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri.

Currently, late-night service beyond 36th Street is only offered on Saturday nights. On other nights, the last River LINE departure serving Pennsauken departs Camden at 9:30 p.m.

“This schedule enhancement benefits the visitors who already help make downtown Camden a vibrant entertainment destination, and we hope it entices others to visit us now that they see how easy it is to get to all of the city’s attractions,” said Camden Mayor Gwendolyn A. Faison.

“We continue to work to create connections between modes of travel, and this expansion of light rail service to a facility with ample free parking accomplishes that,” said
NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “This service enables Camden and Philadelphia visitors to avoid the hassle and expense of parking and tolls, and it helps residents make NJ TRANSIT their travel option of choice.”

Under the new service beginning Sunday, May 27 River LINE trains will provide departures from Camden’s Entertainment Center Station at 10:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., making all stops to Route 73/Pennsauken.

“NJ TRANSIT has proven itself to be a strong and reliable partner in promoting Camden’s many family-friendly attractions,” said Judi London, executive director of the Camden Waterfront Marketing Bureau, South Jersey Tourism Corp. “This additional service will only increase the positive impact that the River LINE has on Camden.”

Among the Camden attractions within walking distance of River LINE stops are the Tweeter Center on the Waterfront, Battleship New Jersey, Camden Children’s Garden, Adventure Aquarium, Campbell’s Field (home of the Camden Riversharks baseball club) and the RiverLINK Ferry.

The expansion of operating hours is the latest of numerous enhancements since the River LINE started service on March 15, 2004.

  • Introduced 15-minute peak-period service in June 2004.
  • Enhanced Capital Connection buds 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.
  • Launched late-night bus shuttle service between 36th Street Station in Camden to Route 73/Pennsauken in 2006.
  • Added early-morning trips from Burlington South and Burlington Towne Centre stations in September 2006 to create additional Northeast Corridor and PATCO connections.
  • Added a later, 9:30 p.m. Trenton departure in September 2006.

The River LINE serves 20 stations along the Delaware River from Camden to Trenton along a 34-mile route. An average of 7,350 customers boarded River LINE trains each weekday in 2006.

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