NJ TRANSIT announced today a series of immediate improvements for its bus customers to improve reliability and reduce overcrowding.
"Today's announcement makes good on Governor James E. McGreevey's commitment to improve service for our constituents," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. "I applaud George Warrington's quick actions, which speak louder than words."
"These changes will provide approximately 4,500 additional seats each weekday for our bus customers," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "Our customers are getting a better return on their investment."
On August 31, new 45-foot Cruiser buses will be assigned to routes in Bergen and Passaic counties and routes from Monmouth and Middlesex counties. The new buses will provide 16 percent more seats and relieve overcrowding on the following routes:
68 East Brunswick -- Newark
131 Sayreville -- New York
133 Old Bridge -- Matawan -- New York
137 Toms River -- New York
138 East Brunswick -- New York
166 Dumont -- Tenafly -- New York
192 Clifton -- New York
194 Newfoundland -- New York
The Corporation reassigned some of its articulated buses, which are equipped with 20 additional seats than conventional buses, to the 154 Fort Lee -- New York line to reduce overcrowding. Evening service on the 158 Fort Lee -- Edgewater -- New York also will be operated with articulated buses.
Additional trips will be operated during commuting times on the following lines:
Late night service will be added on the following lines:
The relocation of East Orange High School will be accommodated with additional service on the 34 Market Street route, 90 Grove Street route and the 94 Stuyvesant route.
Additional trips on the weekends will be added to the following lines:
Reliability will be improved by adding new times to the schedule of the following routes:
Following Governor McGreevey's rail schedule change announcement in May, NJ TRANSIT's has slashed the number of standees by 2,000 with aggressive planning and enhanced equipment cycling. The Corporation's schedule changes in August, which were scheduled to be implemented at the end of August, have been accelerated to begin at the start of the month.
Beginning August 3, additional trains will provide 7,300 more seats on the Northeast Corridor Line, 1,840 more seats on the Princeton Branch and 800 more seats on the North Jersey Coast Line.
Beginning August 3, nine new trains will be added to the Northeast Corridor Line schedule.
Inbound (To New York):
Train 7814, which departs Trenton at 7:38 a.m., will arrive in Penn Station New York at 8:53 a.m.
Train 7818, which departs Trenton at 8:38 a.m., will arrive in Penn Station New York at 9:53 a.m.
Train 7834, which departs Trenton at 12:35 p.m., will arrive in Penn Station New York at 1:53 p.m.
Train 7838, which departs Trenton at 1:38 p.m., will arrive in Penn Station New York at 2:53 p.m.
These inbound trains will run on Saturdays and holidays, making all stops from Trenton to Metropark -- excluding Jersey Avenue -- and Newark before arriving at Penn Station New York.
Outbound (To Trenton):
Train 7847, which departs Penn Station New York at 1:55 p.m., will arrive in Trenton at 3:12 p.m.
Train 7851, which departs Penn Station New York at 2:55 p.m., will arrive in Trenton at 4:12 p.m.
Train 7871, which departs Penn Station New York at 8:03 p.m., will arrive in Trenton at 9:18 p.m.
Train 7875, which departs Penn Station New York at 9:03 p.m., will arrive in Trenton at 10:18 p.m.
Train 7887, which departs Penn Station New York at 11:57 p.m., will arrive in Trenton at 1:19 a.m.
Trains 7847, 7851, 7871 and 7875 will run on Saturdays and holidays, making stops in Newark, Metropark and all stations to Trenton, except Jersey Avenue. Train 7887 will run on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, making all stops except North Elizabeth and Jersey Avenue.
The North Jersey Coast Line schedule will include an additional outbound train #7287 that will depart Penn Station New York at 11:52 p.m. and arrive at Long Branch at 1:20 a.m. The new service will run on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and make all stops except North Elizabeth and Jersey Avenue.
Other rail changes include a Woodbridge stop added to the Pony Express, a summer service that runs from Hoboken and Monmouth Park Racetrack on Saturdays and Sundays through September 1. Also, 16 Princeton Branch trips will be added to accommodate new Northeast Corridor service. Check train schedules for the new times.
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 761,000 daily trips on 238 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, 27 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.