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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS COMMUTING OPTIONS

Capacity Remains at Meadowlands, Vince Lombardi

NEWARK, NJ, October 1, 2001 - As the ban on single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs) in the Lincoln Tunnel into New York City continues this week, NJ TRANSIT is prepared to help commuters reach their destinations. The ban will be in effect between 6 a.m. and 12 noon.

SOV drivers are being provided with the following alternatives:

  • Carpooling from designated locations between New Jersey and New York.
  • Additional bus park/ride service.
  • New bus/ferry service from Liberty State Park.
  • NJ TRANSIT rail passes and tickets are will be honored on certain Amtrak trains.
  • An additional MidTOWN DIRECT train during the evening peak period and rail cars added to several existing trains to ease overcrowding.
  • New York workers are advised to speak with their employers to explore all work options including telecommuting or flex-time.

NJ TRANSIT will continue to cross-honor bus and rail tickets and monthly passes for customers traveling into New York City through the end of this week only. The Corporation's $3 on-board penalty has been waived through the end of October.

All three major bus park/ride facilities continue to have capacity. They are: the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, the Vince Lombardi Park/Ride near Interchange 17 of the New Jersey Turnpike, and the PNC Bank Arts Center Park/Ride in Holmdel off Garden State Parkway Exit 116. Customers commuting from the Route 9 corridor may also take advantage of existing capacity at the Aldrich Road Park/Ride in Howell Township and the Schibanoff Road Park/Ride in Freehold. Customers will be transported to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.

Please note there is NO automobile park/ride facility inside Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

SOV drivers are also advised to carpool into Manhattan at designated carpool locations. People interested in securing carpool matches to rideshare should call 1-888-648-6007.

For commuters seeking to reach Jersey City, capacity is also available on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line, especially from the system's West Side Avenue Station and parking lot. The station is accessible from New Jersey Turnpike Exit 15E via Route 1 & 9 and Route 440. Commuters using the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail are advised to purchase monthly passes to ease congestion at ticket vending machines.

In addition, Amtrak has agreed to honor all NJ TRANSIT rail passes and tickets between Newark and New York only on eight inbound morning trains (between 6:21 a.m. and 9:59 a.m.) and seven outbound afternoon trains (between 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). This does NOT include Acela Express or Metroliner trains.

Central Jersey commuters are advised to use the recently established bus/ferry service between New Jersey and New York. NJ TRANSIT has teamed up with Academy Bus, Suburban/Coach USA and Liberty Water Taxi to provide a bus/ferry connection for commuters who formerly traveled by bus to lower Manhattan  which remains closed as search and recovery efforts continue. Buses from Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties that formerly served Lower Manhattan are being redirected to Liberty State Park in Jersey City where connecting ferry service is available at no additional charge. Customers should note that there is no parking available at the Liberty State Park, and that they may only access the ferry via bus.

NJ TRANSIT would like to remind customers that its rail schedules have changed and they should obtain new timetables dated September 30. The Corporation also notes that the new Morris & Essex Lines timetable does not include two MidTOWN DIRECT trains added during the week of September 24 and a change to an existing train:

New eastbound train 6320 will depart Summit at 8:13 a.m., stop at Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Brick Church, Newark Broad Street and Penn Station New York, where it will arrive at 9:05 a.m.

New westbound train 6699 will depart Penn Station New York at 6:08 p.m. and operate express to Summit, then make all local stops to Dover except Mount Tabor. It will arrive in Dover at 7:20 p.m.

Existing eastbound train 6620 will continue to follow the listed schedule between Dover and Summit, making all stops except Mount Tabor. Following Summit, train 6620 will stop only in South Orange (8:23 a.m.), Newark Broad Street (8:34 a.m.) and Penn Station New York, where it will arrive at 8:59 a.m.

NJ TRANSIT is also adding rail cars on several Northeast Corridor and MidTOWN DIRECT trains. However, the Corporation reminds customers that capacity is extremely limited on many of its peak period trains. Also, customers accessing rail stations are advised to be dropped off at stations as parking is limited.

Coach USA/Suburban will operate additional buses from the East Brunswick Transportation Center and the Old Bridge Park/Ride. Regular Coach USA/Suburban service will be available from the Suburban Transit garage on Route 27 in New Brunswick and the Kendall Park Shopping Center in South Brunswick. Coach USA also has a park/ride facility with parking spaces available in Mahwah, as well as additional locations in Orange and Rockland counties in New York. If possible, customers should arrange to be dropped off at all locations.

Customers can also check NJ TRANSITs website, www.njtransit.com, for the latest information. Commuters are also urged to monitor broadcast traffic reports for information.

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