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NJ TRANSIT Buses and Trains Will Cross-Honor September Monthly Train Passes For Benson Street Customers

NEWARK, NJ, AUGUST 27, 2002 -- On Monday, September 30, NJ TRANSIT will launch its MidTOWN DIRECT -- Montclair rail service, resulting in the closure of Benson Street, Rowe Street and Arlington stations on the Boonton Line following the last scheduled trip on Friday, September 20.

Between Friday, September 20 and Sunday, September 29, NJ TRANSIT will complete work on the Montclair Connection, allowing for the smooth transition to the new MidTOWN DIRECT service on Monday, September 30.

Beginning Monday, September 23, shuttle buses -- provided by NJ TRANSIT and operated by communities affected by the station closures -- will transport commuters to other rail stations to make connections to Hoboken-bound trains and eventually to MidTOWN DIRECT -- Montclair rail service.

"We want to make this a smooth transition by offering a variety of alternatives for commuters who will be affected by the changes," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George Warrington. "We are working with the communities affected to alleviate some of the uncertainties our customers may experience when switching to a new commuting routine. These shuttle bus services will connect many passengers with their trains, and in some cases commuters can access NJ TRANSIT buses that are in close proximity to the closed stations to make their rail connections."

September monthly rail passes, with Benson Street as the origin, will be cross-honored on NJ TRANSIT trains and buses serving that area, including Montclair, Newark Broad Street and Newark Penn Station, Glen Ridge, Watsessing and Lyndhurst stations. The cross honoring will be from September 23 to September 30 only.

Once Benson Street Station closes, customers should consider using Glen Ridge Station, a half-mile away. Shuttle service will be provided weekday mornings between Benson Street and Glen Ridge stations. Listed below are a number of options customers may consider:

Rail Shuttle Service & Connections for September 23 to September 27

  • Train 102 will depart Glen Ridge Station at 6:59 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken Terminal at 7:27 a.m. A rail shuttle bus will depart Benson Street Station at 6:50 a.m., and will arrive at Glen Ridge Station at 6:53 a.m. to connect with this train.
  • Train 104 will depart Glen Ridge Station at 7:35 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken Terminal at 8:07 a.m. A rail shuttle bus will depart Benson Street Station at 7:29 a.m., and will arrive at Glen Ridge Station at 7:32 a.m. to connect with this train.
  • Train 106 will depart Glen Ridge Station at 8:14 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken Terminal at 8:42 a.m. A rail shuttle bus will depart Benson Street Station at 8:04 a.m., and will arrive at Glen Ridge Station at 8:08 a.m. to connect with this train.
  • Train 108 will depart Glen Ridge Station at 8:49 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken Terminal at 9:18 a.m. A rail shuttle bus will depart Benson Street Station at 8:38 a.m., and will arrive at Glen Ridge Station at 8:43 a.m. to connect with this train.
  • Train 115, the 4:13 p.m. Hoboken departure, arrives at Glen Ridge Station at 4:39 p.m. with connecting shuttle bus service from Glen Ridge to Benson Street.
  • Train 117, the 4:44 p.m. Hoboken departure, arrives at Glen Ridge Station at 5:13 p.m. with connecting shuttle bus service from Glen Ridge to Benson Street.
  • Train 119, the 5:26 p.m. Hoboken departure, arrives at Glen Ridge Station at 5:53 p.m. with connecting shuttle bus service from Glen Ridge to Benson Street.
  • Train 121, the 5:53 p.m. Hoboken departure, arrives at Glen Ridge Station at 6:20 p.m. with connecting shuttle bus service from Glen Ridge to Benson Street.
  • Train 1037, the 6:21 p.m. Hoboken departure, arrives at Glen Ridge Station at 6:48 p.m. with connecting shuttle bus service from Glen Ridge to Benson Street.

The shuttle service schedule will change on September 30 to accommodate changes in the rail schedule to ensure connections.

Additional Travel Options

  • NJ TRANSIT will cross-honor September Monthly passes on bus routes 11, 28 and 29, which stop at the Newark City Subway's Bloomfield Station for service to Newark Board Street and Newark Penn Station. Please see a timetable for trip times and details.
  • Customers can use Bus Route No. 72, which travels along Broad Street in Bloomfield, for service to Newark Penn Station. Please see a timetable for trip times and details.
  • DeCamp Bus Lines -- serving Bloomfield and Kearny to the Port Authority Bus Terminal -- will also cross-honor NJ TRANSIT September monthly passes during peak periods only. For information, call DeCamp at (973) 783-7500.

Beginning September 3, and through the entire month, NJ TRANSIT representatives will visit stations along the Boonton Line to explain the new service changes and answer questions commuters may have. Representatives will also be present on September 30, the official launch date of MidTOWN DIRECT -- Montclair rail service, to meet and greet commuters.

For further information, riders can call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and midnight at 1-800-772-2222 or at 973-762-5100 from out of state. 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 bus, rail and light rail services for 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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