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

June 27, 2012

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:

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. 



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. 



Several bus routes may experience service impacts as follows:  



Travel Advice for Customers


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





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.