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SERVICE ADVISORY: NJ TRANSIT ANNOUNCES SERVICE SCHEDULE IN ADVANCE OF WINTER WEATHER

Systemwide cross-honoring in effect for Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14

February 12, 2014
NJT-14-015

NEWARK, NJWith weather forecasts predicting the impending arrival of heavy snow and accompanied strong wind gusts, NJ TRANSIT is mobilizing its operations, customer service and police personnel to ensure a ready response to the impending winter storm. For up-to-the-minute service information, all customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com before starting their trip.

 

The following service advisories are in effect for Thursday, February 13:

 

Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14:  To give customers additional travel options during winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14, enabling customers to use their NJ TRANSIT ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, light rail or bus—including private bus carriers. 

 

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.  Customers using their tickets or passes to travel to a destination other than the destination printed on their original ticket will be subject to the appropriate additional fare if applicable.

 

Rail Service:  On Thursday, February 13, NJ TRANSIT will operate on a regular weekday rail schedule.  All rail service is subject to potential delays, adjustments and cancellations due to the winter weather conditions.  Customers are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly and build additional time into their travels. 

Bus Service:  While every effort will be made to continue operating bus service systemwide on a regular weekday schedule on Thursday, February 13, customers may experience delays, detours or service adjustments on certain routes in the event of significant snowfall.  Customers are strongly advised to plan accordingly and build additional time into their travels as buses will be subject to local road conditions.


Light Rail Service:
  On Thursday, February 13, NJ TRANSIT will operate light rail lines on a regular weekday schedule.  All light rail service is subject to potential delays, adjustments and cancellations due to the winter weather conditions.  Customers are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly and build additional time into their travels. 

 

Access Link Paratransit Service:  On Thursday, February 13, Access Link service will be suspended statewide.  On Friday, February 14, Access Link will resume service at 12 noon should road conditions permit.  In addition, all transfer trips will be cancelled statewide on both Thursday and Friday. 

 

Waiting Room Hours Extended on Thursday, February 13:  Due to the impending storm, all NJ TRANSIT rail station buildings and waiting rooms will remain open for extended hours Thursday evening into Friday morning. 

 

The corporation is preparing to minimize disruptions and delays to the extent possible.    Rail crews are being especially vigilant in their inspections of railroad right-of-ways, looking for low hanging tree limbs and other abnormalities.  “Ice-Breaker” trains will run throughout the evening and throughout the service day to reduce ice build-up on rails and overhead catenary wires.  Locomotives will also be positioned in strategic locations across the rail system to rapidly respond in the event of a disabled train. 

 

Travel Advice:

 

  • For the latest travel information, visit njtransit.com or access our Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT prior to starting your trip.  In the event of delays or service adjustments, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager.  (If you are not yet a My Transit subscriber, we encourage you to sign up at www.njtransit.com/mytransit)  Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.  
  • Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.
  • Build additional travel time into your trip to a station, terminal or bus stop.
  • Stairs, flooring and platforms can be slippery, so please use caution when walking along wet surfaces or any outdoor surface exposed to the weather. Use extra care when boarding or exiting buses and trains.
  • Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or NJ TRANSIT staff.  
  • If you park, ensure your car is stocked with a snow brush and ice scraper so you can clear your car upon returning to the lot. 
  • Local jurisdictions are responsible for clearing bus stops. Local residents can help their neighbors by shoveling the bus stops along the sidewalks near their homes so that people are not standing in the icy streets while traffic is passing. 

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 third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.