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GLADSTONE BRANCH SERVICE ADJUSTMENT TO ACCOMMODATE CONSTRUCTION WORK

Substitute bus service to be provided between Gladstone and Summit stations on weekends beginning June 3

May 31, 2007
NJT-07-053
Contact: Courtney Carroll 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ Beginning this weekend, NJ TRANSIT will adjust service on the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines to accommodate construction work that will improve the reliability of rail service.

NJ TRANSIT will be performing work to replace the wooden catenary poles, which support the overhead power wires that supply energy to trains, with new steel poles along a portion of the Gladstone Branch. The new steel catenary structures will reduce maintenance issues and improve service reliability.

Starting Sunday, June 3 and continuing through late August, weekend train service will not operate between Gladstone and Summit stations, with substitute bus service provided between the two stations and intermediate stops.

Starting Monday, July 9, 12 off-peak weekday trains will also be replaced by substitute buses between Gladstone and Summit.

Customers traveling outbound to Gladstone can transfer to buses at Summit to complete their trips. Customers traveling inbound to Newark/Hoboken/New York from stations west of Summit should board buses at their station and transfer to inbound train service at Summit.

Morris & Essex Lines timetables dated June 3 provide a complete listing of substitute bus service departure times, designated with a "B."

Buses for service between Gladstone and Summit will pick up and drop off at the following locations (see a June 3 timetable for more information):

On Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, train service will operate from all Gladstone Branch stations on a weekend/major holiday schedule.

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.