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NJ TRANSIT KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH ‘EARLY GETAWAY’ SERVICE AND DISCOUNTED TRAVEL PACKAGES

 

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is kicking off the Memorial Day weekend with “early getaway” rail and bus service on Friday, May 25 for the benefit of customers leaving work early. To help speed the getaway, customers are encouraged to enjoy the convenience of purchasing tickets through the MyTix feature of the NJ TRANSIT mobile app.  

 

In addition to giving customers a jump on the unofficial start of summer, NJ TRANSIT is making it easy and affordable to get to fun in the sun around the state with a variety of discounted summer savings packages.

 

Friday, May 25

  • From approximately 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., extra outbound trains will operate, stops will be added, select connections will be adjusted.  To accommodate the earlier ridership demand, select trains between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be cancelled or combined on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex, Pascack Valley and Main/Bergen County/Port Jervis lines. Visit njtransit.com or see rail timetables for details.
  • Extra buses will operate from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on more than two dozen bus routes starting around noon.  Visit njtransit.com for details. 
  • All light rail systems will operate on regular weekday schedules.

 

 

Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27:

Rail:

  • The Bay Head-Long Branch shuttle is enhanced to hourly service from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bus:

  • Weekend shuttle service resumes between Toms River and Seaside Park on Bus Route No. 137.  The bus leaves Toms River at 11:25 a.m. with the return departure from Seaside Park at 6:25 p.m. This service runs every weekend and holiday through the end of June, when direct service resumes from New York on Bus Route No. 137 and Newark Bus Route No. 67.  See schedule for details.

Light Rail:

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.
  • Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday and Sunday schedule respectively.
  • River LINE will operate on a Saturday and Sunday schedule respectively.

 

 

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28:

Rail:

  • Trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all lines. 
  • The Bay Head-Long Branch shuttle is enhanced to hourly service from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bus:

  • Bus schedules vary by route—customers are advised to check their timetables or visit njtransit.com for schedule information.  Many routes serving shopping malls will operate on weekend/holiday schedules.  Consult timetable for details.  NOTE: Buses may be subject to detours and service delays for Memorial Day parades through various towns.  See njtransit.com for details.

Light Rail:

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule.
  • Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule. 
  • River LINE will operate on a Sunday schedule. 

 

Summer Savings
With Memorial Day marking the “unofficial” start of the summer recreational season, this weekend is a great time for customers to take advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s discounted travel packages to destinations including the Jersey Shore, Six Flags and Monmouth Park:

 

  • Beach Packages:  Board a train anywhere on NJ TRANSIT's rail system (excluding Atlantic City Rail Line stations) and save up to $5.50 on admission to one of five beaches — Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach or Belmar—by purchasing round-trip train fare and a discounted beach admission for one price at NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and select “Beach Package”) or at ticket windows.  Beach Packages will be available on weekends and holidays from May 26 through June 17 and then daily starting Monday, June 18 and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, September 3.  

 

  • Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari or Hurricane Harbor:  Save up to $38 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together. 

NJ TRANSIT provides express bus service to Six Flags from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York and Newark Penn Station. 

 

  • Monmouth Park:  Save $5.50 when you travel to Monmouth Park Racetrack.  Simply purchase a package to Monmouth Park from NJ TRANSIT ticket vending machines (choose “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and select “Monmouth Park Racetrack”) or at ticket windows from any NJ TRANSIT station except Atlantic City Rail Line stations and receive round-trip transportation, Grandstand Admission and an official track program for $3.50 plus the regular cost of a round-trip rail ticket. 


Visit njtransit.com/summer for more information on NJ TRANSIT summer travel deals.

On weekends, kids ride free on NJ TRANSIT - Extended for Memorial Day Weekend

Every weekend, families riding NJ TRANSIT can save with the Family SuperSaver Fare, which allows two children 11 and younger to travel free with each fare-paying adult.  For the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the program will be extended and in effect from 7 p.m. Friday, May 25 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

 

Travel tips

  • Check Schedules in Advance:  Plan your trip online or with the NJ TRANSIT mobile app to take advantage of extra trains and buses. 
  • Allow Extra Travel Time:  Traffic congestion during the long holiday weekend may affect bus travel times especially on routes using the Garden State Parkway heading down the shore. Customers should plan accordingly.
  • Ticketing:  Purchase round-trip tickets at the start of your trip to speed your return.  Use the MyTix feature on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app, ticket vending machines or see a ticket agent, if available, to avoid possible surcharges.  Bus customers departing Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) 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 944,000 weekday trips on 252 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.