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NJ TRANSIT ADDS MORE THAN 200 WEEKLY BUS TRIPS ON #62 NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT ROUTE

Significant capacity increase will better serve airport employees and travelers

June 19, 2007
NJT-07-062
Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will add more than 200 new bus trips weekly between Newark Penn Station and Newark Liberty International Airport, significantly increasing capacity on the No. 62 line in time for the airport’s peak summer travel and employment season.

Starting Saturday, June 23, the No. 62 Newark-Woodbridge-Perth Amboy line will provide an additional 26 trips on weekdays, 36 trips on Saturdays and 40 trips on Sundays—increasing capacity by more than 8,800 seats per week between Newark Penn Station and the airport.

"These enhancements are part of the increased service we are delivering for our bus customers this year," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. "The additional service also represents the first phase of our commitment to improve access to jobs at this major employment site and economic engine for the Greater Newark area."

The No. 62 line currently serves approximately 10,000 riders on a typical weekday—with about 50 percent of those trips to or from the airport.

"We are pleased to work with NJ TRANSIT on the Newark Bus Study and are gratified that our suggestions led to increased capacity to the airport and other beneficial service improvements," said Jonathan Roitman, Vice President of Continental Airlines’ Newark hub. "The No. 62 route provides a much-needed service that accommodates our employees, whose hours tend to fall outside the standard business day, and affords them flexibility when inclement weather or delays further extend those hours."

"No. 62 bus service connects people to the airport from commuter rail, PATH, bus and light rail service at Newark Penn Station, and offers airport employees, in particular, a very affordable trip to their workplace," said Jim Gigantino, head of NJ TRANSIT’s Bus Operations.

Currently, NJ TRANSIT operates 171 bus trips between the airport and Newark Penn Station on a typical weekday. Starting next week, 197 trips will be offered each weekday, representing a 15 percent increase. The number of Saturday trips will increase 28 percent from 130 to 166, and the number of Sunday trips will increase 38 percent from 106 to 146.

In addition, for the benefit of airport employees and support personnel, most trip times on weekdays and weekends will be standardized to reflect the seven-day nature of airport job opportunities.

To address capacity on the existing late-night service between Newark Penn Station and the airport, NJ TRANSIT will add trips between midnight and 6 a.m. to assist Newark Liberty employees whose jobs begin or end during those hours.

For example, a 3:30 a.m. trip will be offered seven days a week from Newark Penn to the airport, as well as a 4:05 a.m. trip six days a week, to serve airport employees who have to report to work before 5 a.m.

In addition, NJ TRANSIT will increase service between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. from the airport to Newark Penn for the benefit of second shift workers returning home.

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.