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NJ TRANSIT ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

Some Train Schedules to Change on September 4

CONTACT: Michael Klufas (973-491-7078)

NEWARK, NJ, August 29, 2000 -- On Monday, September 3 -- Labor Day -- NJ TRANSIT trains will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Most NJ TRANSIT buses will also operate on a Sunday schedule. However, some routes in north Jersey will follow Saturday schedules. Bus passengers should check their timetables for exact information on Labor Day service.

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will follow a weekend schedule on Labor Day.

The Newark City Subway will not operate on Labor Day weekend as construction continues to connect the Belleville/Bloomfield extension to the current City Subway system. Substitute bus service will be provided. Customers should use schedules in new timetables dated August 27. On Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3, customers should follow the Saturday bus substitution schedule. On Sunday, September 2, the Sunday bus substitution schedule will be operated. Regular Newark City Subway operations will resume on Tuesday, September 4.

NJ TRANSIT will operate early getaway trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley lines on Friday, August 31.

Northeast Corridor

  • Train 8855, an early getaway train, will depart Newark Penn Station at 3:39 p.m., operate express to Rahway, then makes all stops to Trenton, arriving there at 4:55 p.m.

North Jersey Coast Line

  • Train 8301, an early getaway train, will depart Newark Penn Station at 3:49 p.m., operate express to Woodbridge, then make all stops to Bay Head, arriving there at 5:44 p.m. Passengers will not need to change trains at Long Branch.

Raritan Valley Line

  • Train 5425, the 1:06 p.m. departure from Newark Penn Station, will be extended to High Bridge and make all stops.
  • Train 8529, an early getaway train, will depart Newark Penn Station at 3:32 p.m. and make all stops to Raritan, arriving there at 4:29 p.m.
  • Train 5711, the 6:23 p.m. departure from Newark Penn Station, will be combined with train 5903, which leaves Newark at 6:29 p.m. The combined train makes all stops to High Bridge.

The statewide transit agency's bus and rail Weekend Family Super Saver Fare, which allows two children 11 and under to travel free with each fare-paying adult, will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday, August 31 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 4. Senior citizen and round-trip excursion tickets will be valid without restriction throughout the period.

Schedule Changes on Tuesday, September 4

Train service will change on the North Jersey Coast Line and the Gladstone Branch the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 4.

Gladstone Branch

  • Schedules on several midday trains will change to reflect the conclusion of summer track maintenance. Customers should check new Morris & Essex Line timetables for details.

North Jersey Coast Line

  • All Summer Shore Service trains will be discontinued. (Note: The last day for the Pony Express is Sunday, September 2. Pony Express service will not operate on Labor Day, September 3.)
  • Hourly weekend service will operate between Long Branch and New York, while diesel shuttle service between Bay Head and Long Branch will operate every 1-3 hours on weekends.
  • Customers should check revised timetables, issued September 4, for more details.

For further information, north Jersey riders can call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and midnight at 1-800-772-2222 or at 973-762-5100 from out of state. In South Jersey, riders may call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. at 1-800-582-5946 or at 215-569-3752 from Pennsylvania. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287. Customers can also obtain information at NJ TRANSIT’s website, www.njtransit.com.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 384,000 daily commuters on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

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