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 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 station closures," 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 connections."
September monthly rail passes, with Arlington Station 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.
Arlington Station customers should consider using Kingsland Station. To make the transition smooth, listed below are travel options to consider including information about shuttle buses provided by NJ TRANSIT and operated by the Town of Kearny.
Rail Shuttle Service & Connections for September 23 to September 27
Rail shuttle bus departs Arlington Station at 6:40 a.m. and arrives at Kingsland Station at 6:55 a.m. Train 1202 departs Kingsland Station at 7:04 a.m., arriving in Hoboken Terminal at 7:21 a.m.
Rail shuttle bus departs Arlington at 7:40 a.m. and arrives at Kingsland Station at 7:55 a.m. Train 1206 departs Kingsland Station at 8:11 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken Terminal at 8:29 a.m.
Rail shuttle bus departs Arlington Station at 8:40 a.m. and arrives at Kingsland Station at 8:55 a.m. Train 1208 departs Kingsland Station at 9:09 a.m. and arrives in Hoboken Terminal at 9:23 a.m.
Train 1311 departs Hoboken at 4:48 and arrives at Kingsland Station at 5:02 p.m. The rail service shuttle bus will depart ten minutes later at 5:12 p.m., and arrives at the former Arlington Station at 5:30 p.m.
Train 1215 departs Hoboken at 5:47 p.m. and arrives at Kingsland Station at 6:03 p.m. The rail service shuttle bus will depart ten minutes later at 6:13 p.m., and arrives at the former Arlington Station at 6:30 p.m.
Train 1121 departs Hoboken at 6:42 p.m. and arrives at Kingsland Station at 6:58 p.m. The rail service shuttle bus will depart ten minutes later at 7:08 p.m., and arrives at the former Arlington Station at 7:30 p.m.
The shuttle service schedule will change on September 30 to accommodate changes in the rail schedule to ensure connections.
Additional Travel Options for Arlington Station Commuters
NJ TRANSIT Bus Route No. 76 travels along Kearny Avenue stopping at Belgrove Drive and serving Kingsland Station. At Kingsland Station, customers may board any Hoboken-bound train. Please see timetable for trips for trip times and details.
- NJ TRANSIT Bus Route No. 40 stops at Arlington Station and serves the Harrison PATH Station, located at 4th Street and Harrison Avenue. Customers can board a 33rd Street PATH train for service to New York or transfer at Journal Square for service to Hoboken. 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.
Starting 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