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NJ TRANSIT RELAXES OFF-PEAK RESTRICTIONS AND LIFTS LIMITATIONS FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

NEWARK, NJ, JULY 10, 2002 -- NJ TRANSIT announced today it will relax its off-peak roundtrip ticket hours beginning August 5, following customer concerns. The Corporation also announced that it will lift the travel restrictions placed on senior citizens 65 and over and people with disabilities to allow them to travel all day with a discounted ticket.

"This restriction rollback will allow people 65 and over, and those with disabilities, to travel all day at half fare, and will trim peak hours so more people can utilize off-peak discounts," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox.

"The adjustment to the off-peak round-trip ticket schedule will give our customers 32 more trains to choose from when using our system," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "In addition, we've lifted fare restrictions for senior citizens aged 65 and over and for persons with disabilities, which will give them more travel flexibility at half-fare throughout the day."

Off-Peak Ticketing:

  • Currently, weekday off-peak round-trip tickets are invalid between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. based on New York arrival and departure times.
  • Under the new schedule, customers will be able to use off-peak round-trip tickets all hours except weekday mornings between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and evenings between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. based on New York arrival and departure times. Customers should consult public timetables for specific train restrictions.

Senior Citizens 65+ and People with Disabilities:

  • Persons aged 65 and older and passengers with disabilities will be able to travel on NJ TRANSIT trains at reduced fares at any time during the weekday.
  • A NJ TRANSIT reduced fare ID or Medicare Card will be required in order to receive the reduced fare.
  • It is important to note that the restrictions on seniors aged 62 to 64 will not change. Those seniors will continue to be eligible for the reduced fare on weekdays, except for peak period trains, shaded in NJ TRANSIT rail timetables, and all day Saturdays, Sundays and all State holidays,

For further information, riders 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, 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. Information is also available on the Internet at www.njtransit.com.

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.