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NEW SIGNS SHOW THE WAY TO CHERRY HILL STATION

“Hidden jewel” of the Atlantic City Rail Line offers free parking

August 26, 2008
Contact: Joe Dee (973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT and Cherry Hill officials today announced a new effort to draw Camden and Burlington county residents to Cherry Hill Station, a “hidden jewel” on the Atlantic City Rail Line with excellent access from major roadways and ample free parking.

About 20 new way-finder signs are being posted along and near major Camden and Burlington county roads including Haddonfield Road, routes 38, 70, 130 and Interstate 295, directing motorists to Cherry Hill Station. The station, located within the Garden State Pavillion shopping center behind ShopRite, is accessible via the Cornell Avenue South exit off Route 70. Free parking is available to the left of the supermarket.

“As a South Jersey resident, I know how well-travelled the expressway is to Atlantic City for all the terrific recreational opportunities it offers,” said NJ TRANSIT Board Member Flora Castillo. “We hope these new signs help South Jersey residents discover an even better way to get there, aboard our Atlantic City Rail Line trains.

“With gas prices remaining high, choosing the Atlantic City Rail Line helps residents stretch their travel dollars,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “We have partnered with dozens of popular stores, restaurants, attractions and casinos to offer even more savings to our customers.”

“We are fortunate to have NJ TRANSIT rail service right here with convenient service to Atlantic City and Philadelphia,” said Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt. “Using mass transit is a sustainable way to commute and cleaner for the community. I will continue to support and encourage residents to use this form of transportation to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Cherry Hill is the fourth busiest of the eight Atlantic City Rail Line stations, with an average of about 300 weekday boardings.

The 60-minute train trip from Cherry Hill to Atlantic City ends at Atlantic City Rail Terminal, conveniently located within blocks of Atlantic City’s legendary boardwalk and its free beaches. Jitney service is also available to all of the city’s nearby resorts, hotels and casinos.

A round-trip ticket costs less than $11, and NJ TRANSIT’s Family SuperSaver Fare allows two children ages 5-11 to ride free with a fare-paying adult every weekend and holiday. Seniors and customers with disabilities save 50 percent off regular one-way fares.

NJ TRANSIT has partnered with a number of venues in South Jersey, offering customers discounts at numerous shops, restaurants, attractions and hotels in Atlantic City and in towns along the Delaware River served by the River LINE—NJ TRANSIT’s Trenton-to-Camden light rail line.

In Atlantic City and the surrounding area, discounts are available at a multitude of venues, including:

  • Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (become a Total Rewards member and receive more than $500 in offers)
  • Atlantic City Outlets--The Walk
  • The Pier Shops at Caesars
  • Tropicana Casino & Resort
  • Absecon Lighthouse
  • Atlantic City Cruises
  • Jessie O’ Fishing trips (Margate)
  • Strike Zone Lanes & Harbor Pub (Egg Harbor City)
  • Pistol Pete’s Steakhouse and Saloon (Pleasantville)
  • Web Feet Watersports
  • Ducktown Tavern
  • The Carlsbrooke Inn (Ventnor)
  • Atlantic City Surf home baseball games

In addition, NJ TRANSIT has teamed up with the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, Atlantic City Hotel Experts, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Tropicana Casino & Resort to create the Atlantic City Getaway Giveaway sweepstakes in which six prize packages will be given away. Complete contest rules are available at www.njtransit.com/acrl.

Along the River LINE, customers receive discounts at numerous stores, restaurants and attractions including:

  • Adventure Aquarium (Camden)
  • Battleship New Jersey (Camden)
  • Camden Children’s Garden
  • Camden Riversharks baseball games
  • Tony’s Seafood Café (Riverton)
  • The New Tea Leaf Room (Riverton)
  • Lamplighter Confections (Burlington)
  • Trenton Thunder baseball games
  • Old Barracks Museum (Trenton)
  • Passage Theatre Company (Trenton)

For a complete list of discounts, visit www.njtransit.com/acrl

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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing nearly 865,000 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 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.