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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS EARLY GETAWAY SERVICE FOR HOLIDAY SEASON

Money-Saving Family Super Saver Fare in Effect For Holiday Period

 


NJT-15-068

December 17, 2015


NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service for the upcoming holidays to give customers more travel options, whether going to the mall for last-minute shopping, leaving work early for the holidays, or attending New Year’s Eve festivities.

 

In addition, NJ TRANSIT is giving customers almost two weeks of continuous savings through a special extension of the Family Super Saver Fare, which allows up to two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult.  Usually limited to weekends, the Family Super Saver Fare will be in effect for the entire holiday period, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, January 4, on all trains, buses and light rail lines. 

 

NJ TRANSIT customer service representatives and volunteers will be deployed at major facilities throughout the holiday weekend to assist customers with their travels. 

 

For complete schedule and fare information, customers may visit njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.

 

On Thursday, December 24, trains will operate on a weekday schedule on all lines with additional “early getaway” service from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal starting at 1 p.m. on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines.  Newark Light Rail, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and River Line will operate on a weekday schedule.  Buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule on most routes, with early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal starting and the Jersey City waterfront around

1 p.m. to accommodate the heaviest travel.  Visit njtransit.com for details.  

 

Thursday, December 24, and Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31, in anticipation of lighter ridership, selected peak hour trips on certain bus routes will be eliminated. More information can be found on njtransit.com

 

On Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all rail lines. Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to consult their timetable for holiday schedule or visit njtransit.com for details. 

 

On Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, December 27, trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule on all lines with an additional train operating Sunday only on the Port Jervis Line. In addition, Meadowlands service will operate for the Jets vs. New England game on December 27. Customers should visit njtransit.com for details. Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Saturday and Sunday schedule respectively. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.  Buses will operate on a regular weekend schedule. Buses to and from New Jersey malls are subject to delays. Please consult the timetable for holiday schedule or visit njtransit.com for more details.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICE AT A GLANCE

 

Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Thursday, Dec. 24

 

Early getaway service from New York, Newark and Hoboken

 

 

 

Special holiday schedules on selected routes, with additional buses from PABT and Jersey City waterfront



 

 

 

 

Weekday schedule

 

Friday, Dec. 25

Weekend/major holiday schedule

Schedules vary by route.

Consult timetable or visit njtransit.com

Newark Light Rail and River Line on Sunday schedule; HBLR on weekend schedule

Saturday, Dec. 26

 

 

Weekend  schedule

 

 

 

 

Weekend schedule

 

 

Saturday schedule for Newark Light Rail and River Line. HBLR will operate on weekend schedule

Sunday, Dec. 27

 

Weekend schedule with Meadowlands service and an extra Port Jervis Line train

Weekend schedule

 

Sunday schedule for Newark Light Rail and River Line. HBLR will operate on weekend schedule

Monday, Dec. 28

 

 

Modified weekday schedule for NEC and NJCL trains; extra mid-day service on NEC

 

 

 

 

Weekday schedule

 

 

Weekday schedule


On Monday, December 28, Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30, the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines will operate on a modified weekday schedule with certain morning peak period trains cancelled and additional mid-to-late morning service on each line. Extra mid-day Midtown Direct service will also operate between Summit and New York. Rail customers are encouraged to visit njtransit.com for details and travel before 9 a.m. on these days if possible, when ridership is lighter.  Buses and light rail lines will operate on a weekday schedule.    

 

On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, rail service will operate on a weekday schedule with the following modifications:

 

Before 6 p.m., the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines will operate on a modified weekday schedule with certain morning peak period trains cancelled and additional mid-to-late morning service on each line. Extra mid-day Midtown Direct service will also operate between Summit and New York.

 

After 6 p.m., additional New York-bound trips will operate on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Morris & Essex lines. In addition, all trains that normally depart New York and Hoboken between 11:30 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. will be cancelled to support later service to customers returning from New York’s festivities. Customers should visit njtransit.com for details, including special printable schedules that cover the period from 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year’s morning.

 

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, available on njtransit.com, to match service with ridership demand, including early getaway service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Jersey City Waterfront 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.  In the evening, additional service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal will be offered on selected routes from approximately 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate customers traveling to New York for the festivities. 

 

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

 

In addition, River Line will operate extended late-night service on New Year’s Eve and after midnight on New Year’s Day to accommodate customers attending the festivities on the Camden Waterfront.  Special late-night trains will operate between Camden and Trenton, making all local stops. 

 

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will also operate added late-night service on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day to accommodate travelers returning home from midnight celebrations. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  No open containers of alcohol will be permitted on board trains, light rail vehicles, aboard buses or in any NJ TRANSIT facility on New Year’s Eve and after midnight on New Year’s Day.  This policy will be strictly enforced.

 

After midnight (early January 1), additional late-night trains will operate on most rail lines with one-seat ride service available on certain Raritan Valley Line and North Jersey Coast Line trains. Customers should visit njtransit.com for details, including special printable schedules that cover the period from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year’s morning. Expanded bus service will be provided from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) until approximately 2 a.m. on selected routes.  Visit njtransit.com for details.

 

On New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, after 5 a.m., trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule.  Newark Light Rail and River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.  Holiday bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to visit njtransit.com for details. 

 

On Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule on all lines, with an additional train operating Sunday only on the Port Jervis Line. In addition, Meadowlands service will operate for the Giants vs. Philadelphia game on January 3. Customers should visit njtransit.com for details, especially those traveling to Meadowlands as the scheduled kickoff time (1 p.m.) may change on or after December 29. Buses will operate on a weekend schedule. Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule. Please consult njtransit.com for additional details.

  

NEW YEAR’S SERVICE AT A GLANCE

 

Rail

Bus

Light Rail

Monday, Dec. 28

Modified weekday schedule with extra midday NY-bound service on select lines.

Select morning peak period trains will not operate on NEC and NJCL

 

 

 

Weekday schedule

 

 

Weekday schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Modified weekday schedule with extra midday NY-bound service on select lines.

Select morning peak period trains will not operate on NEC and NJCL

 

Weekday schedule

 

Weekday schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 30

 

Modified weekday schedule with extra midday NY-bound service on select lines

 

Select morning peak period trains will not operate on NEC and NJCL

 

 

 

Weekday schedule

 

 

 

Weekday schedule

 

 

Thursday,  Dec. 31

Special late-night trains after midnight on most rail lines

 

 

Weekday schedule with early getaway on select routes from noon to 4 p.m. from PABT and Jersey City waterfront. Post midnight, expanded bus service on selected routes. Consult timetable and consult gate departure site at PABT as they may vary from normal or visit njtransit.com

Weekday schedule. Extended late night service on River Line today and after midnight on January 1 to accommodate travelers. HBLR will add trips into the early hours of January 1 to accommodate travelers

Friday, Jan. 1

Weekend/major holiday schedule.

 

 

Holiday schedule varies by route

 

 

Sunday schedule for Newark Light Rail and River Line. HBLR will operate on weekend schedule


Travel tips

 

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Travel Early:  On December 28-31, NJ TRANSIT rail lines will operate on a modified weekday schedule.  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.

 

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