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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS EXTRA SERVICE FOR UPCOMING HOLIDAY TRAVEL

Alcohol ban strictly enforced system-wide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is offering extra service for travelers attending New Year’s Eve festivities across the region.  Please note that no alcoholic beverages will be permitted on board trains, light rail vehicles, buses or in any NJ TRANSIT facility.  This policy will be strictly enforced by the NJ TRANSIT Police Department on New Year’s Eve and after midnight.

 

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. on New Year’s Eve until 6 a.m. on New Year’s morning. For more information, click HERE.

 

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.  For more information, click HERE.

 

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.  For more information, click HERE.

 

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.  For more information for HBLR service, click HERE.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  No alcoholic beverages 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 the Meadowlands for the 1 p.m. kickoff time. 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.

 

About NJ TRANSIT

 

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 938,500 weekday trips on 257 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.