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NJ TRANSIT SPECIAL TICKETS FOR PAPAL EVENT ON SALE STARTING AUGUST 15

NJT-15-048
August 14, 2015
                                                                                           

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will offer limited special service on its Atlantic City Rail Line and River Line for people attending the World Meeting of Families and Papal visit on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 2015. The service is limited in order to keep crowd numbers consistent with the maximum capacity that will be available.

During the weekend of September 26 and 27, 2015, NJ TRANSIT will NOT be operating regular weekend service on either the Atlantic City Rail Line or the River Line.  Special tickets will go on sale at 12 noon on Saturday, August 15, 2015 for people planning to ride the Atlantic City Rail Line and River Line as the lines will operate on a limited schedule only on both days. Customers need to purchase their tickets in advance of this weekend.  No one will be allowed to ride without a SPECIAL EVENT ticket and no tickets will be sold on Saturday, September 26 or Sunday, September 27. No other fares, including monthly passes, Family SuperSaver or cash, will be accepted on the Atlantic City Rail Line or River Line.

“With nearly two million people expected to attend the World Meeting of Families and Papal visit in Philadelphia, NJ TRANSIT will accommodate as many passengers as its system safely allows.  Unfortunately, these safety and capacity limitations mean only a fraction of the anticipated passenger demand can be met,’’ said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim.  “We have put forth a transportation plan that will get as many people as possible, as close as possible to Philadelphia, all with an eye on safety.”

“It’s also important to note for people new to our system and especially our regular customers that this will not be a typical weekend travel experience, and we urge everyone to plan accordingly,” Hakim added.

Customers traveling to the World Meeting of Families events and Papal event should expect long waits – particularly following the Papal ceremony on Sunday which could have people waiting for several hours. Customers are strongly encouraged to take advantage of some of the activities following the ceremony which are being put in place by the World Meeting of Families to help meter the crowds.

NJ TRANSIT’s SERVICE ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 AND SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2015/ TICKETING PLAN

ATLANTIC CITY RAIL LINE

NJ TRANSIT’s Atlantic City Rail Line will operate hourly trips from the Atlantic City Rail Terminal which will express to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia only beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The trains will NOT stop at Absecon, Egg Harbor City, Hammonton, Atco, Lindenwold, Cherry Hill, and Pennsauken. The last train to leave Atlantic City bound for Philadelphia will be at 2 p.m. Travel time will be about one hour and 25 minutes.

A total of 4,140 tickets will be available for rail service to 30th Street Station each day on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.

Following the Papal event on Saturday, September 26, trains will leave 30th Street Station expressing to Atlantic City at 10 p.m. and operate every half-hour or as trains are filled to capacity.  After the Papal event on Sunday, September 27, trains will leave 30th Street Station expressing to Atlantic City at 7 p.m. and operate every half-hour or as trains are filled to capacity.

Please note:  No bicycles will be allowed on the Atlantic City Rail Line from Thursday, September 24 through and including Sunday, September 27.

For complete train schedule information, please visit www.njtransit.com/papal.

To accommodate customers wanting to go to stations not being served by rail, an enhanced Bus Route No. 554 service will supplement the Atlantic City Rail Line and stop at stations between Atlantic City and Lindenwold.  Bus Route 403 will operate from Lindenwold to Camden.  The No. 554 bus route does not serve Cherry Hill or Pennsauken.  Enhanced Bus Route No. 419 service will accommodate customers departing from Pennsauken Transit Center for travel to Camden, and Bus Route No. 450 will serve customers who want to travel from Cherry Hill Station to Camden.   Additionally, Bus Route No. 406 service will accommodate customers traveling from Route 70 in Cherry Hill to Camden.  Please refer to www.njtransit.com for schedule information on these routes.  Bus fares for these routes will be collected as well.

RIVER LINE

River Line will offer limited service starting at 6 a.m. from Trenton, only making stops at Bordentown, Florence, Burlington South, Route 73/Pennsauken, Pennsauken Transit Center and the Walter Rand Transportation Center. Trains will NOT stop at Hamilton Ave., Cass Street, Roebling, Burlington Towne Centre, Beverly/Edgewater Park, Delanco, Riverside, Cinnaminson, Riverton, Palmyra, and 36th Street. 

Trains will not operate beyond the Walter Rand Transportation Center in downtown Camden due to expected crowded road conditions.  Following the Papal event, River Line trains will leave the Walter Rand Transportation Center, Camden, on a load-and-go basis. In an attempt to increase overall seating capacity, no bicycles will be allowed on River Line trains that weekend.  And, an advanced purchased Special Event ticket will be required to board a River Line train.

For a complete River Line schedule, please visit www.njtransit.com/papal.

To accommodate customers wanting to go to stations on the River Line not being served by train service on Saturday and Sunday, bus routes that parallels the River Line will operate additional service and stop at most stations.  Regular River Line fares and passes will be useable on those buses.  Please note:  Bus service will not operate at the Beverly and Delanco light rail stations. 

NJ TRANSIT BUS

  • All bus routes that normally travel to Center City, Philadelphia will terminate at the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden.
  • Extra bus service will operate on Route 419 which runs along the River Line between Burlington Towne Centre and Camden.
  • Enhanced service will be provided on Route 554 from Atlantic City to Lindenwold. 
  • No special ticketing is needed for regular bus route service.
  • No bicycles will be allowed on buses from Thursday, September 24 through and including Sunday, September 27.

Access Link - ADA Paratransit Service for our regular customers and visitors

Access Link service to and from Philadelphia: All trips must be returned from Philadelphia by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24.  All service will be suspended all day Friday, September 25 up to and including Monday, September 28th.  Service will resume on Tuesday, September 29.

On Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, all service into/out of Camden County will be suspended.

Service in Camden County on Friday, September 25 and in the adjacent Gloucester County cities of Woodbury, Paulsboro, Bellmawr, etc. and parts of Burlington County may experience delays due to congestion and road closures during the event and will be operationally managed on the day of service.

Full regular service is expected to resume on Tuesday, September 29.

For Access Link service updates only, please call 1-800-955-ADA1 (2321). 

SPECIAL RESERVED TICKETING

NJ TRANSIT will offer special limited reserved tickets for people taking the Atlantic City Rail Line and River Line. No one will be allowed to board without a reserved ticket.  Regular Atlantic City Rail Line and River Line tickets will NOT be accepted on Saturday or Sunday.

  • The Atlantic City Rail Line:
    • Reservation-only tickets will be available for each train leaving on the hour from Atlantic City – for example customers can buy tickets for the 7 a.m. train or the 10 a.m. train etc., from Atlantic City. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Special tickets go on sale at 12 noon on Saturday, August 15.
    • No bicycles will be allowed on the Atlantic City Rail Line from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27.
    • Tickets are $30 for the round-trip travel and are non-refundable.
    • No other fares, including monthly passes, Family SuperSaver or cash, will be accepted on the Atlantic City Rail Line.
    • Up to four tickets can be purchased in one transaction.
    • A total of just 4,140 tickets will be sold each day for customers traveling on Saturday and Sunday. 
    • Tickets can be purchased at the Atlantic City Rail Terminal or on-line at njtransit.com/papal. Customers purchasing tickets on-line must show identification with the web ticket before boarding. Each ticket also will have a unique barcode and serial number for authenticity.
    • The last day to purchase tickets for the Atlantic City Rail Line service will be Friday, September 25 at 11:30 p.m., or earlier should these tickets sell out.
  • River Line:
    • Reservation-only tickets will be available for each train leaving within a two-hour window from Trenton – for example, customers can buy tickets for the 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. trains or the 10 a.m. to 12 noon trains from Trenton.  Special tickets go on sale at 12 noon on Saturday, August 15.
    • There will be up to 1,875 available tickets for each two-hour block of time between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a total of 7,500 tickets for each day on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.
    • Tickets are $5 for the round-trip travel and are non-refundable.
    • Up to four tickets can be purchased in one transaction.
    • Special tickets will be available for purchase at the following stations only:  Trenton, Bordentown, Florence, Burlington South, Route 73/Pennsauken and Pennsauken Transit Center.  River Line special tickets can not be purchased online.
    • The last day to purchase tickets for the River Line service will be Friday, September 25 at 11:30 p.m., or earlier, should these tickets sell out. 

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 915,900 weekday trips on 260 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.