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NJ TRANSIT ANNOUNCES FULL, SYSTEMWIDE CROSS-HONORING IN ADVANCE OF WINTER STORM

Additional Rail Service to Run Friday Afternoon; Customers advised to check njtransit.com before traveling

February 7, 2013
NJT-13-008.2

 ***NOTE: RELEASE UPDATED TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL FRIDAY AFTERNOON RAIL SERVICE***

NEWARK, NJ - As the season's next winter storm moves toward the region, NJ TRANSIT operations, customer service and police personnel are taking steps to minimize delays and ensure service reliability and safety.  All customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com before traveling for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip.

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect:  To give customers additional travel options during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full system wide cross-honoring for the entire service day Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode-rail, light rail or bus. For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge.

Additionally, NJ TRANSIT bus, rail and light rail passes will be cross-honored on private carrier buses.

Extended Station Hours for Passenger Comfort:  All NJ TRANSIT-owned and operated rail station waiting rooms will remain open extended hours, including evenings and overnight, throughout the storm.

Additionally, NJ TRANSIT is encouraging customers to consider traveling early on Friday due to the expected impact of the storm on the evening commute.  Additional trains will run tomorrow afternoon on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Raritan Valley Line, Morris & Essex Lines as well as on the Port Jervis Line.  Visit the trip planner located at njtransit.com for further information. 

NJ TRANSIT will also continue to closely monitor the crowds at New York Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and make adjustments to service as necessary.

The corporation is preparing to minimize disruptions and delays to the extent possible, particularly in light of the potential for near-blizzard conditions that may impact portions of the area starting tomorrow afternoon.  Rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to quickly respond to downed trees, power outages or other issues that may arise.  In addition, NJ TRANSIT will be positioning locomotives at strategic locations across the rail system to rapidly respond in the event of a disabled train. 

Customers are advised of the following:

Travel Advice:

NJ TRANSIT is prepared to handle the impending winter weather:

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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.