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EXTRA RAIL AND BUS SERVICE SET FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVELERS

Kids ride free on NJ TRANSIT all holiday weekend

November 17, 2010
NJT-10-084

NEWARK, NJ — Whether you’re traveling over the river or through the woods, NJ TRANSIT is gearing up to ensure that your travel plans go smoothly over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Scores of NJ TRANSIT customer service representatives and volunteers will be deployed at major facilities to assist customers throughout the holiday period, and extra rail and bus service is ready to roll to match Thanksgiving travel patterns.

 

This year, NJ TRANSIT will once again offer “early getaway” rail and bus service on Wednesday, November 24, for the benefit of customers leaving work early, and to provide additional capacity for customers traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is typically the airport rail station’s busiest day of the year, with ridership levels about twice that of a typical weekday.

 

On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, NJ TRANSIT will add extra trains and buses to the schedule in the late morning hours to accommodate customers traveling to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

 

Then on Friday, November 26, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, enhanced bus service will be offered to shopping centers throughout New Jersey and additional trains will operate to and from New York.

 

For complete schedule and fare information, customers may visit njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.

 

HOLIDAY SERVICE AT A GLANCE

 

Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Wednesday, Nov. 24

 

Early getaway service from New York, Newark and Hoboken

 

Additional buses on select routes from Port Authority Bus Terminal

 

Some routes on special holiday schedule

Regular weekday service

Thursday, Nov. 25

 

Weekend/major holiday schedule

 

Extra rail service on select lines

 

Schedules vary by route

 

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

HBLR on weekend schedule; Newark Light Rail and River Line on Sunday schedule

Friday, Nov. 26

Weekday schedule with extra NY-bound rail service on select lines

 

Schedules vary by route

 

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

 

Additional buses on select lines to major NJ shopping centers

 

HBLR on weekend schedule; Newark Light Rail and River Line on Sunday schedule

On Wednesday, November 24, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines (Friday schedule on Atlantic City Rail Line) with additional “early getaway” service from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at 1 p.m. on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines.  Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.  Most buses will operate on a weekday schedule, with special holiday schedules on some lines.  Additional buses will provide early getaway service on select routes from the Port Authority Bus Terminal starting around 1 p.m.  Visit njtransit.com for details.

 

On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule (Sunday schedule on Atlantic City Rail Line).  To accommodate customers traveling to and from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NJ TRANSIT will add extra trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Port Jervis lines.  On the Montclair-Boonton Line, service will operate on a weekend schedule between Bay Street Montclair and Hoboken, with connections at Newark Broad Street.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule; Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—bus customers are advised to check their printed timetables or visit njtransit.com

 

On Friday, November 26, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, trains will operate on a modified weekday schedule on all rail lines with additional New York-bound trains between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Some early-morning trains will not operate on Friday, due to expected light ridership—customers should visit njtransit.com and use the “Station-to-Station Trip Planner” to find trains on Friday.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule; Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check printed timetables or visit njtransit.com. 

 

Extra bus service to New Jersey malls

 

Starting Friday, November 26 and continuing through December 23, NJ TRANSIT will offer additional bus service to major New Jersey shopping destinations to accommodate extended store hours and busy shopping times throughout the day.  Throughout the holiday shopping season, extra trips or expanded service will be offered on several bus routes serving malls and shopping centers throughout the state, including Garden State Plaza, IKEA Paramus, Jersey Gardens, Livingston Mall, Harmon Meadow/Mill Creek in Secaucus, The Mall at Short Hills, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne Towne Center Mall and West Belt Mall.

 

Kids ride free on NJT

 

For the Thanksgiving holiday, NJ TRANSIT’s Family Super Saver Fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, November 29.   

 

 

Travel tips

 

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Additional service will be provided on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Travel Early on Friday, November 26:  On Friday, NJ TRANSIT rail lines will operate on a modified weekday schedule with additional trains during the late morning hours.  Avoid the crowds by traveling during the traditional peak-period (6-9 a.m.) when ridership is light.  
  • Allow Extra Travel Time:  Traffic congestion during the holidays may affect bus travel times to and from New York City, so customers should plan accordingly.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return.  Use ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges.  Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal are reminded that tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus.
  • Luggage:  Travel as light as possible.  Passengers with luggage or packages should use the overhead racks or designated luggage spaces.  On multilevel trains, customers with large bags should use the mezzanine levels at the ends of each car.

 

About NJ TRANSIT

 

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.