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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS EXTRA SERVICE AND SAVINGS FOR HOLIDAY WEEK

Money-saving Family Super Saver fares in effect continuously from December 21 until January 2

December 18, 2012
NJT-12-117

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT today announced additional service for the busy holiday week, along with a special extension of the Family Super Saver Fare that will give customers nearly two weeks of savings this holiday season. 

 

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 continuously from 7 p.m. Friday, December 21 until 6 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, on all trains, buses and light rail lines. 

 

NJ TRANSIT will also offer extra service for the upcoming holidays to give customers more travel options, whether going to the mall for last-minute shopping or leaving work early to get a head start on the Christmas holiday.  New Year’s service information will be announced next week.

 

On Friday, December 21, trains will operate on the current weekday schedule on all lines.  Visit njtransit.com for detailed schedules. 

 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.   

 

Buses will operate on a weekday schedule.  Selected routes will be adjusted to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between noon and 4 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel, with less frequent service during the peak periods and later in the evening due to lower ridership.  Early getaway service will also operate from the Jersey City Waterfront on the No. 64 and No. 68 bus routes. 

 

On Saturday, December 22, trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.  Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Saturday schedule.

 

On Sunday, December 23, trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.  Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.

 

In addition, on Sunday, December 23, service on the Meadowlands Rail Line will operate for the Jets/Chargers game at 1 p.m. 

 

On Monday, December 24, trains will operate on the current weekday schedule on all lines.  Visit njtransit.com for detailed schedules.  Additional “early getaway” service will operate from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at 1 p.m. on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast (to Long Branch only), Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex (from New York only), Pascack Valley (modified getaway service) and Port Jervis lines.  

 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.   

 

Bus schedules vary by route.  Customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.  Selected routes will operate on special holiday schedules to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between noon and 4 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel, with less frequent service during the peak periods and later in the evening due to lower ridership.  Early getaway service will also operate from the Jersey City Waterfront on the No. 64 and No. 68 bus routes.  Special holiday timetables are available on njtransit.com.

 

On Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all rail lines.  Visit njtransit.com for detailed schedules.  

 

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 visit njtransit.com for details. 

 

On Wednesday, December 26 and Thursday, December 27, trains will operate on the current weekday schedule on all rail lines.  Visit njtransit.com for detailed schedules.  Additional New York-bound trains will operate between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor will not operate due to expected light ridership. 

 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.   

 

Buses will operate on a weekday schedule, with extra bus service to and from New York operating on selected routes after the morning and evening peak periods.  Customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information. 

 

On Friday, December 28, trains will operate on the current weekday schedule on all rail lines.  Visit njtransit.com for detailed schedules.  Additional New York-bound trains will operate between 10 a.m. and noon on the Northeast Corridor.  Customers are encouraged to travel early, if possible, when ridership is light.  Select morning peak period trains on the Northeast Corridor will not operate due to expected light ridership. 

 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.   

 

Buses will operate on a weekday schedule.  Customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.  Selected routes will be adjusted to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal between noon and 4 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel, with less frequent service during the peak periods and later in the evening due to lower ridership. 

CHRISTMAS SERVICE AT A GLANCE

 

Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Friday, Dec. 21

Weekday schedule

Early getaway service from New York and the Jersey City Waterfront on selected routes

Weekday schedule

Saturday, Dec. 22

Weekend schedule

Weekend schedule

HBLR on weekend schedule

 

Newark Light Rail and River Line on Saturday schedule

Sunday, Dec. 23

Weekend schedule

 

Meadowlands Rail Line service on Dec. 23 for  Jets vs. Chargers
game at 1 p.m.

Weekend schedule

HBLR on weekend schedule

 

Newark Light Rail and River Line on Sunday schedule

Monday, Dec. 24

 

Early getaway service from New York, Newark and Hoboken

Early getaway service from New York and the Jersey City Waterfront on selected routes

Weekday schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Weekend/major holiday schedule

Schedules vary by route

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

HBLR on weekend schedule

 

Newark Light Rail and River Line on Sunday schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Thursday, Dec. 27

Weekday schedule

 

Extra midday NY-bound service on NEC

Weekday schedule, with extra service to/from New York on selected routes

Weekday schedule

Friday, Dec. 28

Weekday schedule

 

Extra midday NY-bound service on NEC

Early getaway service from New York on selected routes

Weekday schedule



Travel tips

 

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Travel Early:  From December 26 through 28, NJ TRANSIT rail lines will operate on a weekday schedule, with additional trains to New York during the late morning hours on the Northeast Corridor.  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 261 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, 61 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.