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THE HOLIDAY EXPRESS IS COMING … A SPECIAL RETAIL PROMOTION FOR LIGHT RAIL TO BAYONNE, JERSEY CITY AND HOBOKEN

JERSEY CITY, NJ December 6, 2002 – On Saturday, December 14th , area residents can meet Santa at three light rail stations in the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system to encourage consumers to shop and dine the Bayonne-Jersey City-Hoboken route and to ride light rail.

The Holiday Express is coming … with Santa riding for the Saturday, December 14th run, greeting everyone, stopping where candy canes and carolers can be found. The festive atmosphere includes some entertaining surprises and free photos with Santa, on a first come, first serve basis. Best of all: Holiday Express Savings Booklets will be distributed FREE to all that come to these three stations along the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail … to shop, dine and ride in Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne whenever possible.

Meet the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Holiday Express – December 14th – to see Santa:

Bayonne East 34th Street HBLR Station 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Hoboken Hoboken Terminal HBLR Station 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Jersey City Martin Luther King Drive HBLR Station 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The Holiday Express Savings Booklets promotion runs from Saturday, December 14, 2002 until Friday, January 31, 2003, and is NJ TRANSIT’s way of saying ‘thanks’ to all their riders who enjoy using Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

Holiday Express Savings Booklets – distributed FREE, offering retail savings at more than 40 participating establishments – will also be available starting on Monday, December 16 at Fleet Banks in Hoboken, Jersey City and Bayonne, and at the historic Hoboken Terminal. The offers will also be on the NJ TRANSIT website under “Special Promotions.”

Bayonne’s Broadway. Jersey City’s Newport area. The distinctive shops of Hoboken. It’s all there. With the ease of light rail, travel throughout the three cities becomes as quick as Santa’s whirlwind worldwide tour – and the consumer can shop, dine and ride with comfort.

Participating Locations: Bayonne – Aaron’s Gold, Abramson’s Jewelers, Bayonne Furniture Land, Body & Sole, Cafe Olé, The Candle Cottage, Chuck Wagon Restaurant, Constantine’s Restaurant, Different Strokes for Little Folks, Dolphin Fitness Clubs, Eat Rice Chinese Cuisine, Jerry’s Drug & Surgical, Joyce Leslie, Klothes Kloset, Make a Note of It!, McDonald’s of Bayonne, McFaddens, Mid-City Gym, Mr. S.O.S. Furniture, Ridge Gold, Sound City Electronics Corp., Tropical Tanning / Jersey City – Café Newport, Cosi Coffee Bar, Courtyard Marriott Jersey City-Newport, Doubletree Club Suites, Joyce Leslie, Kobricks Coffee Company, Liberty Science Center, Oddfellows Rest Louisiana Bar & Restaurant, Playdrome Roosevelt Lanes, Staples / Hoboken – Baskets of Distinction, Fastframe, Ganache, Gaslight Restaurant Bar & Lounge, Johnny Rockets, Karma Kafe, Mary Michaels Hair Salon, Monroe Center for the Arts, Monroe Street Movement Space, Oddfellows Rest Louisiana Bar & Restaurant.

For further information, riders may call NJ TRANSIT at 1-800-626-RIDE or visit www.njtransit.com. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287.