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EARLIER RIVER LINE SERVICE CREATES NEW COMMUTER CONNECTIONS

Customers who take NEC, PATCO trains to benefit

May 17, 2007
NJT-07-049
Contact: Joe Dee 973-491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — Starting Tuesday, May 29, customers will have additional early-morning travel options on the River LINE with new departures from Camden and from the Route 73/Pennsauken Park & Ride Station, enabling them to make earlier connections to Northeast Corridor and PATCO trains.

The new service, along with new late-night trips from Camden to Pennsauken starting Sunday, May 27, will enhance the functionality of the River LINE and benefit customers traveling to work or to entertainment destinations.

“We continue to look for way to improve and expand our public transportation network because it’s good for the economy, it’s good for the environment and ultimately it’s good for the residents of New Jersey,” said NJ TRANSIT Chairman and Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri.

“Our goal is to provide robust service with convenient connections between various travel modes to help residents decide for themselves that NJ TRANSIT is their best travel option,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “The earlier and later River LINE service will allow customers to take advantage of ample free parking at 36th Street, Route 73/Pennsauken and other stations along the alignment.”

New early-morning weekday service

  • Starting Tuesday, May 29, NJ TRANSIT will offer new early-morning service with a train departing the Walter Rand Transportation Center at 5:53 a.m. and arriving in Trenton at 6:42 a.m. The train will make limited stops and arrive in Trenton in time for customers to connect to Northeast Corridor express service to New York Penn Station.

  • Also starting May 29, two new southbound trains will be offered between Pennsauken and Camden—one departing at 5:30 a.m. and arriving at the Walter Rand Transportation Center at 5:40 a.m., and the other departing at 6:10 a.m. and arriving at Entertainment Center Station at 6:27 a.m.

New early-morning weekend service

Weekend service also will be enhanced with new early-morning departures from Pennsauken to Camden’s Entertainment Center Station.

  • On Saturdays, new southbound departures from Pennsauken will be offered at 5:52 a.m. and 6:52 a.m., arriving at the Entertainment Center at 6:09 a.m. and 7:09 a.m., respectively.
  • On Sundays, new southbound departures from Pennsauken will be offered at 6:03 a.m. and 6:52 a.m., arriving at the Entertainment Center at 6:20 a.m. and 7:09 a.m., respectively.

The additional morning and evening service is possible due to recently completed signal upgrades between Camden and Pennsauken.

The 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.

Earlier this week, NJ TRANSIT announced new late-night service from Camden to Pennsauken seven nights a week with departures from 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. The new service will benefit second-shift workers from Cooper University Hospital and the Camden and Philadelphia employment markets and will allow visitors to enjoy the many dining and entertainment destinations along the Waterfront. Among the Camden attractions within walking distance of River LINE stops are the Tweeter Center, Battleship New Jersey, Camden Children’s Garden, Adventure Aquarium, Campbell’s Field (home of the Camden Riversharks baseball club) and the RiverLINK Ferry.

The new earlier and later service is the latest in a series of enhancements since the River LINE opened 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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