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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS TRAVEL TIPS FOR CUSTOMERS ATTENDING MACY’S FIREWORKS ON THE HUDSON RIVER

Customers encouraged to plan ahead, arrive early and purchase round-trip tickets in advance

June 27, 2012
NJT-12-052

NEWARK, NJ — With tens of thousands of spectators expected to gather along the New Jersey Waterfront to view the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display over the Hudson River, NJ TRANSIT is offering travel tips to customers planning to attend the big show.

 

Fourth of July Fireworks Service Overview

 

New Jersey’s Hudson River Waterfront is accessible by NJ TRANSIT rail, bus and light rail service to Hoboken Terminal.  NJ TRANSIT operates six rail lines and five bus routes with direct service to Hoboken, as well as the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.  Please note that the five bus routes and other routes that serve the Hudson River Waterfront may experience delays and detours on July 4 as a result of traffic congestion.  

 

Rail Service

 

On July 4, the following rail lines will provide service to Hoboken:

  • Main Line
  • Bergen County Line
  • Pascack Valley Line
  • Port Jervis Line
  • Morris & Essex Lines (transfer at Newark Broad Street Station)
  • Montclair Line (from Bay Street Station and points east only)

On the Morris & Essex Lines, NJ TRANSIT will supplement existing weekend service with eight additional trains to and from Hoboken Terminal, including four trips between Dover and Hoboken, three trips between Summit and Hoboken, and an additional trip from Newark Broad Street to Hoboken.  Additional trains to Hoboken before the event will operate between approximately 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  After the show, extra Morris & Essex trains are scheduled to depart Hoboken at 10:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 12:25 a.m. 

 

On the Port Jervis Line, an additional train will depart Port Jervis at 4:07 p.m., make all stops to Suffern, and then operate express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken.

 

Visit njtransit.com/fireworks for rail schedule details.  All other rail lines will operate on a regular weekend schedule.

 

Customers traveling from New York City or stations along the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast or Raritan Valley lines can transfer at the Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction to reach Hoboken Terminal or take PATH service to Hoboken from stations in New York, Newark, Harrison or Jersey City. 


Hudson-Bergen Light Rail connects the waterfront communities of Hudson County, including service to Hoboken Terminal and Liberty State Park.  On July 4, light rail service will operate on a regular weekend schedule (trains every 20 minutes), with additional trips between Tonnelle Avenue and Hoboken starting after 4 p.m. 

 

Extra Bus Service to/from New York

 

NJ TRANSIT will operate extra trips on selected bus routes on July 4 to accommodate customers traveling to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York.  Extra service will operate a few minutes ahead of regularly scheduled trips on the routes listed below.  Customers should arrive at their boarding location 10 minutes earlier than the departure time. 

 

  • No. 139 Lakewood via NJ Route 9:  Outbound from PABT from 10:50 a.m. until 10:50 p.m.
  • No. 158 Edgewater-Fort Lee:  To and from PABT from 10:20 p.m. until midnight.
  • No. 161 Paterson:  Outbound from PABT at 10:05 p.m. only.
  • No. 163 Ridgewood:  To and from PABT from 7:30 p.m. until 11:35 p.m.
  • No. 164 Midland Park:  Outbound from PABT at 10:50 p.m. only.
  • No. 165 Westwood:  To and from PABT from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.
  • No. 166 Englewood-Cresskill:  To and from PABT from 7:30 p.m. until 12:40 a.m.
  • No. 167 Teaneck-Harrington Park:  Outbound from PABT from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.
  • No. 168 Paramus:  Outbound from PABT at 11:30 p.m. only.
  • No. 190 Paterson:  To and from PABT from 8:15 p.m. until 1:05 a.m.
  • No. 191 Little Falls-Willowbrook:  Outbound from PABT at 10:50 p.m. only.
  • No. 194 Butler via Willowbrook:  Outbound from PABT at 10:50 p.m. only.
  • No. 320 Mill Creek-Harmon Meadow-North Bergen Park & Ride:  To and from PABT from 10:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

 

Important Information for Bus Customers

 

On Wednesday, July 4, between 4 p.m. and midnight, many streets along the Hudson Waterfront will be subject to closure and traffic congestion due to the Macy’s Fireworks Display over the Hudson River. 

 

  • NJ TRANSIT bus service along the Hudson Waterfront may be subject to detours and delays before, during and after the fireworks.
  • In most cases, buses will be detoured to roadways farther west from the Hudson River.  Bus stops near fireworks viewing areas may be inaccessible.   
  • Customers should allow extra travel time.  

 

Several bus routes may experience service impacts as follows:  

 

  • No. 22 North Bergen-Union City-Hoboken:  Possible service delays expected between Weehawken and Hoboken Terminal, and detour as follows: 
    • From Hoboken Terminal - Northbound:  Buses will operate via Observer Highway, Jackson Avenue, Newark Avenue, Clinton Avenue, and 12th Street to Willow Avenue then via regular route from that location.
    • To Hoboken Terminal - southbound:  Buses leaving the regular route at Willow Avenue and 14th Street will operate via Willow Avenue and Observer Highway to Hoboken Terminal.
  • No. 80 Newark Ave (Exchange Place):  Possible service delays and additional ridership heading to Exchange Place.
  • No. 84/86 Service Nungessers-Newport Mall:  Possible service delays, along the Bergenline Avenue and Park Avenue corridors.
  • No. 85 Mill Creek- Hoboken:  Possible service delays expected between Paterson Plank Road and Observer Highway into Hoboken Terminal.
  • No. 87 King Drive (Hoboken Terminal):  Possible service delays and additional ridership expected between Paterson Plank Road and Observer Highway into the terminal.
  • No. 89 North Bergen-Hoboken:  Possible service delays expected between Weehawken and Hoboken Terminal, and detour as follows:
    • From Hoboken Terminal - Northbound:  Buses will operate via Observer Highway, Jackson Avenue, Newark Avenue, Clinton Avenue, and 12th Street to Willow Avenue then via regular route from that location.
    • To Hoboken Terminal - southbound:  Buses leaving the regular route at Willow Avenue and 14th Street will operate via Willow Avenue and Observer Highway to Hoboken Terminal.
  • No. 126 Hoboken-New York:  Possible service delays expected between NY PABT and Hoboken Terminal, and detour as follows:
    • From Hoboken Terminal - Northbound:  Buses will operate via Observer Highway, Jackson Avenue, Newark Avenue, Clinton Avenue, and 12th Street to Willow Avenue then via regular route from that location.
    • To Hoboken Terminal - southbound:  Buses leaving the regular route at Willow Avenue and 14th Street will operate via Willow Avenue and Observer Highway to Hoboken Terminal.
  • No. 158 Fort Lee-New York:  Service will be detoured between Gorge Road in Edgewater, Port Imperial Ferry/Port Imperial Light Rail Station and Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken.
  • No. 159 Fort Lee-New York:  Possible service delays, along the Bergenline Avenue and Park Avenue corridors.
  • No. 165 Westwood- New York:  Service via Bergenline Avenue, 48th Street, Broadway/Park Avenue and 30th Street/North Marginal Road to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • No. 166 Dumont-New York:  Service via Bergenline Avenue, 48th Street, Broadway/Park Avenue and 30th Street/North Marginal Road to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • No.168 Paramus-New York:  Service via Bergenline Avenue, 48th Street, Broadway/Park Avenue and 30th Street/North Marginal Road to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • No. 181 Union City- G.W. Bridge:  Possible service delays along Bergenline Avenue.
  • No. 188 River Road- G.W. Bridge:  Service will be detoured between Gorge Road in Edgewater and 60th Street in Weehawken.

 

Travel Advice for Customers

 

To help ensure a safe, enjoyable trip, NJ TRANSIT is offering the following travel tips:

 

  • Plan Ahead.  NJ TRANSIT rail and light rail service will operate on a weekend schedule.  Get your schedule information in advance from njtransit.com.
  • Buy Roundtrip Tickets Before Starting Your Trip.  Remember, you’ll need a ticket to get home.  Please purchase round-trip tickets from ticket vending machines at your boarding station before getting on a Hoboken-bound train.  Ticket lines will be long after the fireworks, and customers will not be allowed to board a train without a ticket.  On light rail, you must activate your ticket by time-stamping it in an orange machine before boarding the train.  On buses to Port Authority Bus Terminal, purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip from bus operators inbound to New York or at ticket vending machines where available.  Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal are reminded that tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus.
  • Arrive Early.  You’re smart for taking public transportation, but many other people have the same great idea.  Plan to arrive on the Waterfront as early as possible, and consider staying around for a bit after the fireworks are over.  The busiest trains will be those immediately preceding and following the event.
  • Delays are possible.  Large crowds can sometimes have an impact on train operations.  Be courteous to your fellow riders by standing clear of the doors, moving all the way into the car, and making all seats available.
  • Know the Rules.  Due to crowding conditions, bicycles may not be brought aboard NJ TRANSIT trains on July 4.  As a reminder, smoking is not permitted aboard trains, in stations or on platforms.

 

About NJ TRANSIT

 

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 260 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the second largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.