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NEW BUS SCHEDULES TAKE EFFECT JUNE 28

Systemwide changes include summer early getaway service and additional trips on several high-ridership routes

June 17, 2008
Contact: Joe Dee or Courtney Carroll (973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ – With ridership at record levels, NJ TRANSIT is adding or extending trips on nine busy bus routes and adjusting the running times on 14 others to help customers make convenient transfers and to improve on-time performance.

“The changes contained in the new bus timetables are the result of a careful analysis of ridership trends and reflect our ongoing commitment to identify and create intermodal connections while at the same time balancing service demand with available resources,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.

Examples of schedule modifications to create convenient transfers include adjustments to the No. 419 bus operating between Camden and Burlington, restoring a five-minute connection to River LINE light rail service at Pennsauken/Route 73 Station, and an earlier departure time for a No. 833 bus trip to improve connections with other buses in Red Bank.

Customers are encouraged to review new timetables available on their buses, at NJ TRANSIT customer service offices at major terminals or online at www.njtransit.com.

County-by-county highlights effective June 28:

Atlantic County

  • 551 Philadelphia-Atlantic City: 30-minute midday service will be restored for the summer.

Bergen County

  • 144 Fair Lawn-Hackensack-New York: Departure times for weekday evening peak express trips from New York will be adjusted in response to customer requests.
  • 163 Ridgewood-New York: Four Turnpike Express “early getaway” trips will be added from New York each Friday afternoon. Adjustments to weekday morning schedule between 5-6 a.m. will help alleviate crowding on first trip to New York.
  • 164 Midland Park-New York: Two “early getaway” Friday afternoon trips will be added to the summer schedule. The 10:50 p.m. weekday trip from New York will operate via the Route 46 pattern.
  • 165 Westwood-New York: One “early getaway” trip from New York will be added to the Friday afternoon schedule.
  • 166 Dumont-Tenafly-New York: Two “early getaway” trips will operate Friday afternoons, one “X” and one “T.” Also, a 6:36 a.m. weekday trip from New York will be added to the schedule to help meet increased demand.
  • 171 Paterson-New York: The intervals between trips will change, affecting weekday and weekend trips. The new schedule will reflect a long-term detour due to the Morlot Avenue bridge closure.

Camden County

  • 316 Philadelphia-Wildwood-Cape May Express: Service levels will be increased for the summer season.
  • 318 Philadelphia-Six Flags Great Adventure: Friday through Sunday service will be increased for the summer season.
  • 551 Philadelphia-Atlantic City: 30-minute midday service will be restored for the summer.

Essex County

  • 107 Irvington-New York: Weekday morning express departure times from Irvington will be adjusted to include a new earlier 6:00 a.m. departure.

Hudson County

  • 6 Ocean Avenue-Journal Square: Approximately seven minutes will be added to weekday peak-period trip times to reflect traffic conditions. A minor route change will be incorporated into the schedule.
  • 85 Hoboken-Harmon Meadow-Mill Creek: Seven minutes will be added to Saturday midday trips operating from Hoboken to Secaucus to reflect traffic conditions.
  • 123 Jersey City-Union City-New York: Trips serving Christ Hospital will now operate along Palisade Avenue without looping back to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line station at Congress Street, reducing trip time for Jersey City passengers.

Middlesex County

  • 64 Lakewood-Jersey City-Weehawken: An additional weekday morning peak-period trip will operate to help meet increased demand and reduce wait time between trips.
  • 139 Lakewood-New York: Weekend trips will be added to meet increased demand, including new 6:00 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Saturday departures from New York.

Monmouth County

  • 64 Lakewood-Jersey City-Weehawken: An additional weekday morning peak-period trip will operate to help meet increased demand and to reduce intervals between trips.
  • 139 Lakewood-New York: Weekend trips will be added to help meet increased demand, including new 6:00 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Saturday departures from New York.

Ocean County

  • 64 Lakewood-Jersey City-Weehawken: An additional weekday morning peak-period trip will operate to help meet increased demand and reduce intervals between trips.
  • 67 Toms River-Lakewood-New York: Trips will operate daily between Jersey City and Newark to Seaside Park, with some trips operating via Newark Liberty International Airport. The 5:51 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. weekday trips from Toms River will depart eight minutes earlier.
  • 137 Toms River-New York: Trips will be extended to Seaside Heights/Seaside Park daily and to and from Island Beach State Park on weekends and holidays.
  • 139 Lakewood-New York: Weekend trips will be added to help meet increased demand, including new 6:00 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Saturday departures from New York.

Passaic County

  • 171 Paterson-New York: The intervals between trips will be modified on weekdays and weekends. The new schedule will reflect a long-term detour due to the Morlot Avenue bridge closure.
  • 192 Clifton-New York: Three Friday “early getaway” trips from New York will be added and one new weekday morning peak-period Clifton-Allwood “X” express trip to New York will be added. Intervals between trips for Nutley-Lyndhurst local service will also be adjusted.
  • 194 Mothers Park & Ride-New York Express: Weekend service will be restored to the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride stop.
  • 195 Willowbrook Mall-Cedar Grove-New York: An additional weekday inbound trip will operate in the 8:00 a.m. hour to reduce the wait time between departures and to help meet increased demand. The 4:15 p.m. weekday departure from Port Authority Bus Terminal will be changed to 4:20 p.m. Also, weekend service will be restored to the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride stop.
  • 197 Willowbrook Mall Shoppers Stop-New York Express: Weekend service will be restored to the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride stop.
  • 198 Willowbrook Mall Shoppers Stop-New York Express: Weekend service will be restored to the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride stop.
  • 324 Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center-New York Express: One “early getaway” trip departing New York at 3:40 p.m. will be added. One weekday morning peak period express trip from Wayne/Route 23 Transit Center and one from Mothers Park & Ride will be discontinued.

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