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NJ TRANSIT TO CHANGE RAIL SCHEDULES ON JANUARY 13

Peak Period Service to New York Added

NEWARK, NJ, January 8, 2002 -- NJ TRANSIT will change some of its rail schedules on January 13. The Corporation regularly revises its schedules to address changing travel patterns.

NJ TRANSIT will add four MidTOWN DIRECT trains between Summit and New York (three during the morning peak period and one in the afternoon peak period), revise its Northeast Corridor (NEC) morning peak period express service, add two NEC trains (a morning peak period local to New York and an evening peak period express train from New York) and extend two North Jersey Coast Line trains to Hoboken.

"The September 11 attacks radically changed New Jersey’s commuting patterns," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "The service plan we will implement January 13 will add seats for some customers traveling between New Jersey and New York -- where ridership has increased by more than 10,000 trips during the morning peak period -- while speeding the trip for others."

Approximately 43,900 NJ TRANSIT customers use Penn Station New York between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. each weekday, down from a high of 48,500 in October but still far above pre-September 11 levels (33,700).

Customers should obtain new timetables -- dated January 13 --and check them carefully. Customers should also check schedules for details regarding service on Martin Luther King Day (January 21) and Presidents’ Day (February 18). NJ TRANSIT trains will operate on enhanced Saturday schedules those days and service will be available on the Boonton and Pascack Valley lines, which normally do not operate on weekends and holidays.

There will be minor changes on the Boonton, Bergen County and Main lines on January 13. There will be NO changes on the Atlantic City, Montclair, Pascack Valley, Port Jervis and Raritan Valley lines. However, Raritan Valley Line customers should check new timetables carefully to determine if their New York connections have changed.

Following are details on service changes:

GLADSTONE BRANCH

Morning Peak

  • MidTOWN DIRECT train 6410 -- which currently departs Gladstone at 6:44 a.m. and arrives in New York at 8:13 a.m. -- will no longer stop at Millburn, Brick Church or Newark Broad Street stations and will arrive in New York at 8:07 a.m. The departure time from Gladstone will not change.
  • Reverse peak Train 481 -- which currently departs Hoboken at 6:58 a.m. and arrives in Bernardsville at 8:31 a.m. -- will now depart Hoboken at 6:53 a.m. Arrival time at Bernardsville will not change.
  • There will be minor time changes on trains 408 and 414 (both Gladstone/Hoboken), as well as MidTOWN DIRECT Train 6406 (Peapack/New York). Customers should check new timetables carefully.

Afternoon and Evening Peak

  • There will be minor time changes on trains 436 (Peapack/Hoboken) and 441 (Hoboken/Gladstone). Customers should check new timetables carefully.
  • Train 433 -- which currently departs Hoboken at 5:31 p.m. and arrives in Gladstone at 6:59 p.m. -- will now depart Hoboken at 5:36 p.m. This train will no longer stop at South Orange and Maplewood stations, but will make additional stops at Millburn and Short Hills stations. The new arrival time in Gladstone is 7 p.m.

MidTOWN DIRECT

Morning Peak

  • Train 6608 -- which currently departs Dover at 5:56 a.m. and arrives in New York at 7:17 a.m. -- will no longer stop at Short Hills or Millburn stations and will arrive in New York one minute earlier. Departure time from Dover will not change.
  • Train 6610 -- which departs Dover at 6:12 a.m. and arrives in New York at 7:17 a.m. -- will depart Dover at 6:10 a.m. and make additional stops at Short Hills and Millburn stations. Arrival time in New York will not change.
  • Reverse peak Train 6605 -- which currently departs New York at 6:27 a.m. and arrives in Dover at 7:49 a.m. -- will now depart New York at 6:18 a.m. This train will continue to make all stops to Dover and its arrival time will not change.
  • Train 6410 -- which currently departs Gladstone at 6:44 a.m. and arrives in New York at 8:13 a.m. -- will no longer stop at Millburn, Brick Church and Newark Broad Street stations and will arrive in New York at 8:07 a.m. The departure time from Gladstone will not change.
  • Train 6616 -- which departs Dover at 6:57 a.m. and arrives in New York at 8:15 a.m. -- will no longer stop at Summit and Short Hills, but will continue to make all other station stops at the same times it currently does.
  • New Train 6316 will depart Summit at 7:22 a.m. and make stops at Short Hills, Millburn, Brick Church and Newark Broad Street stations. It will arrive in New York at 8:13 a.m.
  • Changes begun September 24, 2001 will continue and will be listed in new timetables dated January 13, 2002:
    • Train 6620 departs Dover at 7:32 a.m. and makes all stops between Dover and Summit except Mount Tabor. Afterwards, it stops only at South Orange and Newark Broad Street stations before continuing to New York, where it will arrive at 8:59 a.m.
    • Train 6320 departs Summit at 8:13 a.m. and stops at Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Brick Church, Newark Broad Street and Penn Station New York, where it arrives at 9:05 a.m.
  • Train 6624 -- which currently departs Dover at 8:06 a.m. and arrives in New York at 9:28 a.m. -- will now operate express between Summit and Newark Broad Street stations and will arrive in New York at 9:22 a.m. Departure time from Dover will not change.
  • New Train 6324 will depart Summit at 8:46 a.m. and make stops at Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, South Orange, Orange and Brick Church stations. It will arrive in New York at 9:33 a.m.
  • Train 6628 -- which currently departs Dover at 8:52 a.m. and arrives in New York at 10:12 a.m. -- will now operate express between Summit and Newark Broad Street stations and will arrive in New York at 10:09 a.m. Departure time from Dover will not change.
  • New Train 6328 will depart Summit at 9:32 a.m. and make stops at Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, South Orange, Orange, Brick Church and Newark Broad Street stations. It will arrive in New York at 10:25 a.m.
  • There will be minor time changes on trains 6600 (Dover/New York), 6406 (Peapack/New York) and 6612 (Dover/New York). Customers should check new timetables carefully.

Afternoon Peak

  • Train 6699 -- which was added September 28, 2001 -- will continue to operate and will be listed in the January 13, 2002 timetable. This train departs Penn Station New York at 6:08 p.m. and operates express to Summit, then makes all stops to Dover except Mount Tabor. It arrives in Dover at 7:20 p.m.
  • New train 6359 will depart New York at 6:44 p.m. and stop at Newark Broad Street, Brick Church, Orange, South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn and Short Hills stations. It will arrive in Summit at 7:33 p.m.
  • Train 6659 -- which currently departs New York at 6:46 p.m. and arrives in Dover at 8:11 p.m. -- will now depart New York at 6:47 p.m., operate express to Summit, then make all stops to Dover except Mount Tabor. The new Dover arrival time is 8:07 p.m.

MORRIS & ESSEX LINES (to Hoboken)

Morning Peak

  • Train 800 -- which currently departs Lake Hopatcong at 4:26 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 5:58 a.m. -- will operate five minutes earlier to improve connections with Port Imperial Ferries to Manhattan.
  • Train 618 -- which currently departs Dover at 7:14 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:29 a.m. -- will no longer operate due to low ridership. Customers should use trains 414 (which will make all stops before Summit one minute earlier) or 872 (listed below).
  • Train 872 -- which departs Hackettstown at 6:52 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken at 8:32 a.m. -- will now depart Hackettstown at 6:47 a.m. and make additional stops at Mount Tabor, Short Hills and Millburn Stations. Arrival time in Hoboken will not change.

Afternoon Peak

  • There will be a minor time change on train 346 (Summit/Hoboken). Customers should check new timetables carefully.

NORTHEAST CORRIDOR

Morning Peak

  • The following trains will operate five minutes earlier:
    • Train 3810, which will now depart Trenton at 5:19 a.m. and arrive in New York at 6:30 a.m.
    • Train 3812, which will now depart Trenton at 5:41 a.m. and arrive in New York at 6:54 a.m.
    • Train 3814, which will now depart Trenton at 5:58 a.m. and arrive in New York at 7:13 a.m.
    • Amtrak Clocker train 622, which will now depart Trenton at 6:15 a.m. and arrive in New York at 7:21 a.m. This train accepts NJ TRANSIT monthly and weekly passes.
  • Train 3704 -- which currently departs Jersey Avenue Station at 6:36 a.m. and arrives in New York at 7:29 a.m. -- will now depart Jersey Avenue at 6:28 a.m., add a stop at Edison Station and arrive in New York at 7:26 a.m.
  • Train 3820 -- which currently departs Trenton at 6:51 a.m. and arrives in New York at 7:59 a.m. -- will now depart Trenton at 6:45 a.m. and arrive in New York at 7:55 a.m.
  • Train 3822 -- which currently departs Trenton at 7:08 a.m. and arrives in New York at 8:27 a.m. -- will now depart Trenton at 6:57 a.m., stop at Hamilton, Edison, Metropark and Newark Penn stations only and arrive in New York at 8:04 a.m.
    • Customers who currently board train 3822 at Princeton Junction Station can use Amtrak Clocker Train 624 (stops at 7:16 a.m. and accepts NJ TRANSIT monthly and weekly passes) or train 3824 (which will stop at 7:25 a.m. and operate express between Metropark and Newark Penn Station).
    • Customers who currently board train 3822 at Metuchen Station can use train 3824 (stops at 7:46 a.m. and operates express between Metropark and Newark Penn Station) or train 3706 (listed below).
  • Train 3706 -- which departs Jersey Avenue Station at 7:11 a.m. and arrives in New York at 8:06 a.m. -- will no longer serve Edison and Metropark stations. Customers at those stations should use train 3822 (listed above) instead. Train 3706 will also arrive in New York five minutes earlier, at 8:01 a.m.
  • Train 3824 -- which currently departs Trenton at 7:16 a.m. and arrives in New York at 8:43 a.m. -- will now depart Trenton at 7:12 a.m. This train will stop at Hamilton, Princeton Junction, Edison, Metuchen, Metropark and Newark Penn stations before arriving in New York at 8:27 a.m.
  • Train 3708 -- which currently departs Jersey Avenue at 7:43 a.m. -- will now depart Jersey Avenue at 7:41 a.m. and make an additional stop at Metropark. This train will continue to arrive in New York at 8:38 a.m.
  • Train 5802 -- which currently departs Trenton at 7:26 a.m. and arrives at Newark Penn Station at 8:27 a.m. --will depart Trenton at 7:24 a.m., make additional stops at Rahway, Linden, Elizabeth and Newark International Airport stations and arrive at Newark Penn Station at 8:37 a.m.
    • Customers continuing to New York can use Train 3226, which departs Newark Penn Station at 8:41 a.m.
  • New Train 3900 will depart Rahway at 8 a.m. and make all stops to New York, where it will arrive at 8:43 a.m.
  • There will be minor time changes on trains 3702 (Jersey Avenue/New York), 3818 (Trenton/New York) and 3828 (Trenton/New York). Customers should check new timetables carefully for details.

Afternoon Peak and Late Evening

  • Train 3725 -- which currently departs New York at 5:06 p.m. and arrives at Jersey Avenue Station at 5:59 p.m. -- will now depart New York at 5:12 p.m. and arrive at Jersey Avenue Station at 6:07 p.m.
  • Train 3607 -- which currently departs New York at 5:12 p.m., arrives in South Amboy at 6:07 p.m. and stops at Newark International Airport, North Elizabeth, Elizabeth Linden and Rahway stations on the NEC -- will operate seven minutes earlier.
  • Train 3865 -- which departs New York at 5:24 p.m. and arrives in Trenton at 6:43 p.m. -- will no longer stop at Jersey Avenue Station and will arrive in Trenton at 6:41 p.m.
    • Train 3865 customers going to Jersey Avenue Station can use Train 3725 (listed above) or Train 3727. Train 3727 departs New York at 5:36 p.m. and arrives at Jersey Avenue Station at 6:32 p.m.
  • Train 5803 -- which currently departs Newark Penn Station at 6 p.m. -- will depart Newark Penn Station one minute earlier and make an additional stop at Newark International Airport Station. This train will continue to arrive in Trenton at 7 p.m.
  • New Train 3867 will depart New York at 6:11 p.m. After stopping at Newark Penn Station, this train will operate express to New Brunswick, then make all stops to Trenton, where it will arrive at 7:24 p.m.
  • Train 3869 -- which currently departs New York at 6:11 p.m. and arrives in Trenton at 7:33 p.m. -- will now depart New York at 6:14 p.m., make an additional stop at Newark International Airport Station and arrive in Trenton at 7:38 p.m.
  • Train 5805 -- which currently departs Newark Penn Station at 6:20 p.m. and arrives in Trenton at 7:23 p.m. -- will no longer operate due to low ridership. Customers can use trains 3867 or 3869 (listed above).
  • Train 3893 -- which departs New York at 10:43 p.m. and arrives in Trenton at 12:10 a.m. -- will make an additional stop at North Elizabeth Station and will arrive in Trenton one minute later.

NORTH JERSEY COAST LINE

Morning Peak

  • Train 5300 -- which departs Bay Head at 4:45 a.m. and arrives at Newark Penn Station at 6:13 a.m. -- will operate five minutes earlier.
  • Train 5308 -- which departs Bay Head at 7:18 a.m. and arrives at Newark Penn Station at 8:54 a.m. -- will now be extended to Hoboken. This train will be renumbered as 2308 and will arrive in Hoboken at 9:15 a.m. All other station stop times will not change.
  • There will be minor time changes on trains 3204 (Long Branch/New York), 3208 (Long Branch/New York), 3210 (Long Branch/New York), 3212 (Long Branch/New York) and 3650 (Aberdeen-Matawan/New York). Customers should check new timetables carefully for details.

Afternoon Peak

  • Train 5305 -- which currently departs Newark Penn Station at 4:40 p.m. and arrives in Bay Head at 6:18 p.m. -- will now originate in Hoboken. This train will be renumbered as 2305 and will depart Hoboken at 4:21 p.m. All other station stop times will not change.
  • Train 3607 -- which currently departs New York at 5:12 p.m. and arrives in South Amboy at 6:07 p.m. -- will operate seven minutes earlier.
  • There will be a minor time change to Train 3603 (New York/South Amboy). Customers should check new timetables carefully for details.

For further information, customers in North Jersey 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, customers 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 check NJ TRANSIT's website, www.njtransit.com, for the latest information.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 380,600 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 163 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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