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NJ TRANSIT RELAXES OFF-PEAK TICKET HOURS AND LIFTS RESTRICTIONS FOR SENIORS 65-PLUS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

NEWARK, NJ, AUGUST 1, 2002 -- Beginning August 5, NJ TRANSIT will relax its off-peak round-trip ticket hours in response to customer requests. The Corporation also will lift the travel restrictions placed on senior citizens 65 and over and people with disabilities to allow them to travel all day at a reduced price.

"This rollback will allow seniors and people with disabilities to travel all day at more than half off the regular 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. "This new policy reflects the McGreevey Administration's commitment to improve travel options for New Jersey residents."

"This is about listening to our riders and about giving our customers more travel flexibility throughout the day," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "The adjustment to the off-peak round-trip ticket hours will give our customers 32 more trains to choose from, and lifting fare restrictions for seniors and people with disabilities gives them more choices when traveling on NJ TRANSIT."

Off-Peak Ticketing:

  • 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 who arrive and depart from Hoboken or Newark 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.
  • A NJ TRANSIT reduced fare ID or Medicare Card will still be required in order to receive the reduced fare.
  • It is important to note that the restrictions on seniors ages 62 to 64 will not change. Those seniors will continue to be eligible for the reduced fare on weekdays, and all day Saturdays, Sundays and State holidays, except for peak period trains shaded in NJ TRANSIT rail timetables.

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.

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